Jack's Cola Cafe #TGY2015

Friday, 28 August 2015 | 0 comments | Labels:

I haven't broke the news to you guys yet but I've joined the Teenage Gorgeous You 2015!
Last Saturday I rubbed shoulders with the other contestants at the all new Jack's Cola Café located at Paya Lebar Square and I must say it was a morning full of yummy food and laughter.
Jack's Cola Café is a new concept by Jack's Place and I'm sure most of us is familiar with that name since they have been around since I was still in primary school and I'd remember heading down to the restaurant to celebrate special occasions.
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Stepping into the café, it has a more casual and laid back feel with a vintage theme. With all the neon lights, bar tables, stools and industrial style lighting, they definitely set the mood for a nice catchup over coffee, ice cream, cakes and pastries from home-grown brands like Smitten Coffee and Udders. One part of the interior I particularly like are the Singlish stools with phrases that are uniquely Singaporean!
Besides being just a café, there's also a retail section where you can pick up craft beers, spices, pastas, coffee beans and pre marinated beef to cook at home. There are also pre packed microwavable food so anytime when you're hungry but lazy to go out, there's quality food at home.

We first started with the Beef Stew in Mini Casseroles (S$18) which is a Jack's Place traditional dish served with seasonal vegetables. The beef is soft like how you'd imagine stewed beef to be while boasting rich robust flavor which is perfect with the mashed potatoes. Be careful not to lift these on your own though, those mini casseroles don't look their weight.
The Cob Salad Shaker (S$8) - this is perfect for afternoons when you're looking for a light meal and yet have sufficient protein fiber intake as this cup of salad contains boiled chicken, hard boiled egg, avocados, lettuce, tomato and corn which comes with a zesty dressing and minimal calories. Don't judge by it's size because it's surprisingly filling.
Following the salad we had the Meat Loaf with Tartar Sauce (S$5) which is basically your luncheon meat fries perfectly fried; crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. I like how the luncheon meat is not over salty as I've had some really salty ones which tasted really bad.
Moving on to le top favourite of the contestants - New Jack's Cheese Fondue Sampler Platter (S$16). I guess you can say most of us are cheese lovers and this platter containing tempura kani, oriental fried chicken wings, battered mushroom and crispy onion rings alongside the nacho cheese was the first to be finished on the table! Good to share with 3 people, be sure to snag one of the battered mushroom because it's stuffed and I'll leave it to you guys to find out what's insidw for yourself.
Next up - Bangers & Mash (S$10) - my all time favourite because what's not to love about sausages and mashed potato? There are 3 different varieties of sausages, the black pepper one being my favourite because it's much more savoury. The peppery sauce drizzled on top of the mashed potato complemented the whole dish - taste wasn't too strong and just right to taste the mash as well.
Prawn & Chicken Pesto (S$10) will be the dish to order if you're looking for some solid carbs. I particularly like the special blend of pesto although it was slightly on the saltier side, the prawn's freshness made up for that and not forgetting the al dante spaghetti. For just $10 I'd say it's worth it as the portion was really generous as well.
And the last dish which is also the best one of the day - Char-grilled Flambe Fire Tenderloin Steak (S$31.50). It is definitely a treat like no other, I mean how often do you get to see a sizzling tenderloin steak on fire?! The beef used is no ordinary beef but New Zealand's grass fed beef. What's so special about this beef? It is not injected with hormones/antibiotics, has 4x more vitamin E, 30% less cholesterol, 80% less total fats just to name a few. After the flame dies down it's time to dig in to the perfectly grilled medium rare beef which was so juicy and tender you'd thought you were paying more than $50 for it. (Disclaimer: I don't eat steaks and I actually enjoyed this one) There's also a baked USA russet potato as the side garnished with BACON and spring onions. Did I mention there's bacon?!
To end things off on a sweet note, we had ice cream from Udders in the café itself and they actually have a pretty good selection of the better selling flavours and if you love the Horlicks balls or Snickers Mars Honeycomb I think we're already good friends!

So food aside, as mentioned at the beginning of the post, all of the Teenage Gorgeous You(TGY)contestants met up for the first time and I was happy to see some familiar faces as well as making new friends with the others whom I haven't met. As there were only 9 of us, it was a really cozy affair at the café and I was surprised all of us could click really well and before we even realized, all of us were talking and laughing like we were already close friends! Keep a lookout on my social media platforms as I will be updating my progress for TGY2015!


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Soteria Face & Nails

Sunday, 16 August 2015 | 0 comments | Labels: , ,

HOLA! While I know most of you think that my face is flawless, it is in fact NOT at all because I have a lot of clogged pores and my breakouts are usually around my forehead area (must be all the stress) so I avoid taking photos when I have a bad face day.
On one of those days when I had breakouts, I was invited down to Soteria Face & Nail and in mind I was thinking woah the timing couldn't be more apt so I happily booked an appointment for a Skin Rejuvenation treatment which is for lightening of pigmentation, minimizing enlarged pores and improve collagen production.
Located just behind Heartland Mall and a few minutes walk away from Kovan MRT, Soteria is a great place to pamper yourself for those who's staying around the purple line and on the left you can see a photo of the really pretty lady boss! Interior is very victorian, and the lighting makes it cosy which is a plus point I always look out for while doing my facial, nails or waxing.
Over here at Soteria, they carry BABOR facial products which is made in Germany using raw materials sourced from organic farming methods and renewable resources. They are also against animal testing since they were founded in 1956! It seems like organic products are getting more popular and more people are willing to spend on these products (household products included).
After all the introduction, I was led to the treatment room and the facial begins! Face must be cleansed prior to the treatment so I'd suggest you come without makeup like I did so your face can make the best out of the 30mins treatment. As I had lash extensions on, my beautician was careful and gentle so my lashes don't fall off. A cooling gel is then applied all over my face and I was ready for the beast!
eStyle is the machine used for the Skin Rejuvenation treatment and fancy names aside, it is basically an IPL machine with improved technology and much gentler than other laser treatments which really peels your skin like crazyyyy. After one round around my face, a moisturizing rose petal mask was applied and I love how it smells like bandung and is pink. HAH, I can never say no to pink!
I look incredibly ridiculous above but for the sake of beauty I show you guys my unglam side ok! While waiting for the mask to harden, I was being pampered with a shoulder/arm/head massage which felt really good and much needed after a long day of work and furious clicking/typing. Not forgetting the scent from the mask which made me feel relaxed.

SO BEFORE/AFTER??
Ok it's blurry cos I took it under lowlight condition BUT I promise it's not photoshopped (if it was I'd just photoshop away my dark circles also pls). You can see the bump/pimple above my brow GONE. Like magic in just one session. But of course you'll have to care of your skin back at home to maintain the results and if you have dark pigmentation, it is recommended to go for at least 6-8 sessions. This treatment is priced at S$88 and there will be a special package price should you want to take up more sessions.

Impressed with my results? Check their website here for more info!
Tel: 6284 0887 / 6284 887

Block 203, Hougang Street 21,
#01-47, Singapore 530203

Operating Hours:  
Weekdays: 10:30am to 9:00pm
Weekends: 10:30am to 7:30pm
Public Holidays: 10:00am to 7:00pm

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Uncle Ringo: 50 Years of Fun!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 | 0 comments | Labels: , ,

I reckon everyone is familiar with the name Uncle Ringo and when that name pops up it will always remind me of times when I was younger and my parents would bring me to river angbao to play all the games!
To celebrate SG50, Uncle Ringo is now happening at the open field beside MBS (Avalon Area) from now till 10 AUG 2015. You can head there for a full day of fun with your family and loved ones and this place is GREAT to keep the little ones occupied. And because I'm still young (HAHA) I spent a great amount of time there too trying to win the jumbo prizes which I have been eyeing since this year's river angbao. #NOTJOKING
There's also a free music concert happening from 7-10 August and everyone around the area is welcomed! This year will probably be the most happening Uncle Ringo carnival you'll ever go to so don't miss it!
Before you start, you'll have to purchase a card with stored value which you can top up when it's not enough and all you have to do is tap the card when you're at any booth and off you go to have some fun! Really convenient as compared to the old times when coupons were used and littered everywhere.
Started my noon with the ball toss and I must have been damn lucky that day because I got myself a duck pillow (that yellow thing you see above my head) AND IT'S SO CUTE! Most games cost S$5 per try (3 balls in this instance) and for that S$5 I got myself a cute pillow which is so much more worth than spending it all on the claw machines.
VICTORY PHOTO with my ultimate goal which is that huge teddy bear in the background. But my duck pillow is really soft and cute as well. Moving to the next booth...
IT WAS TIME TO POP SOME BALLOOOOONS.
Also for S$5, you get a basketful of darts and you get numerous tries till u pop a balloon. The prize you'll get will be stated on a paper underneath the balloon so choose wisely! It was a huge dilemma for me because the jumbo prize was the teddy bear and I remember trying this back at river angbao and got a mini pug toy. Not one, not two BUT THREE OF THOSE PUGS. Gave up in the end LOL. And I wasn't so lucky this time either - I got myself a balloon.
The good thing about the games are that no matter what you'll go home with something even if it's just a balloon. But of course what matters most is having fun! After a few rounds of games it was time for BUMPER CARS. Seriously, no carnival is complete without a round on those cars.
One game per person is S$10 and this is the only time when you'll laugh because you got bumped into (well for me at least) and there was plenty of room when we played because it was only me, G and 2 other kids and we were just bumping one another. To be frank, I haven't played bumper cars since primary school when I sat with my dad, so playing it again was really nostalgic.
There's also a mini 'haunted house' which costs S$7 per ride. Didn't get to try this because we went when the whole carnival just started. Looks pretty fun instead of scary though!
After bumper cars IT WAS BACK TO THE GAMES. We ain't gonna give up this time and must win the giant teddy back. In case you were wondering, there's music blasting from the 2 bumper car ride stations at the carnival so it's definitely not quiet in case you were getting that idea from the photo above.
The next game station we tried was shooting... arrows with suction tips? This was really fun and also at S$5 for 3 shoots.
You're supposed to shoot down 3 of those balls which is in mid air to win the big prize and G was really good with the first 2 balls down till the last shot missed. SO CLOSE yet so far, so we got another balloon. By then, we already have about 4 balloons so we decided to give them out to random kids around and seeing them smile was so adorable!
We were about to call it a day at the carnival but decided to give the balloons one last try AND WE FINALLY GOT THE TEDDY. Omg G was the one who threw the dart and who knew we would be so lucky for our last game to win the teddy! *Achievement Unlocked*
A HUGE THANKYOU to the owner of Uncle Ringo and Francis for the kind invitation and fun afternoon (and possibly photo shooting because the backdrops are all so scenic) while celebrating SG50! Once again, the carnival will be till 10TH AUG so there's still time to head down and try winning that jumbo prize!! There are much much more rides which I'll leave to your exploration (else too much spoilers).

Okay actually you know what, we went back at night to try out one more attraction and I'm just gonna show you 2 we found interesting!
There's a mini trampoline area for the kiddos which we sadly couldn't get on because I think the trampoline might break with our weight on it LOL but it's a fun activity to keep the kids occupied and there's also a ferris wheel seen in the background.
We went back for this mirror maze which was kinda short but we had the easy way out because there were kids ahead of us and we just followed them LOL. That marked the end of our night and there are honestly much more at the Uncle Ringo carnival so head on there during the jubilee weekend and also catch a glimpse of the NDP fireworks!

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REVIEW: FISH TALES @ SCAPE

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 | 0 comments | Labels: , , ,

A NEW FISHY KID IS IN TOWN!
Located at *SCAPE where there's usually lots of activities around the area (since we're talking about somerset), Fish Tales serves a wide selection of food from fish, chicken, risotto to pastas and much more using NO PORK and NO LARD. Fish Tales uses only the freshest premium white fish fillet & specially imported USA fries, with their signature fish & chips boasting a light, crispy batter & tender meat.
And the best part?
ALL AT POCKET FRIENDLY PRICES!
Everything is priced at S$15 and below with no GST & service charge. We all know finding an affordable place which serves quality food in town is difficult and so thank god for Fish Tales!
Upon reaching the counter and selecting your mains, you can opt for any one of these 3 combos to go along:

While waiting for your food to be served, treat yourself to a cup of healthy and refreshing fruit infused water and there's really no limit to the amount you can take just remember to leave space in your stomach for the appetizers/mains. If fruit infused water ain't your thang, you can also order italian sodas in peach/tropical/black current/green apple (S$3.50)!

If you're only able to down one appetizer for some reason, I'd say take the Mozzarella Cheese Sticks and you'll not regret for it's the best choice if you're a cheese lover (and you're losing out if you dislike cheese).  These mozzarella sticks are golden, dense and crispy. They are about double the width of my finger and as a cynical singaporean I was thinking "aiyah confirm the batter thick thick cheese little little" which then I proceeded with my first bite and BAM, I realized I was wrong. The taste of mozzarella is not overpowering and I feel I could eat stick after stick non-stop.
Time for mains! This particular one is called Fiery Sambal (S$10.90) which is chicken chop topped with hand made sambal chilli. This isn't like any chicken chop I've had because the sambal was really spicy and authentic and apparently a secret recipe of theirs - it felt kind of nyonya which is heavy in flavor. Chicken was just right for me, though fried the insides were still moist. I love how the fries are thick cut as they provide more bite and these specially imported fries did not disappoint.
Next up, I had a Cheesy Affair (S$10.90) which is premium deep fried white fish drizzled with nacho cheese sauce and is one of the chef's recommendation. The fish was a little on the dry side - probably because of it's size but the nachos sauce made up for it - if only it came with even MORE nacho sauce!
Following all the fried stuffs came the grilled fishes and this is their Grilled Seabass (S$11.90).
Not sure why but I like fish dishes to come in this kinda shape and this particular seabass is one of them. Grilled with rosemary herbs and topped with garlic lemon butter sauce which provided just the right amount of tart to neutralize the fishy taste and if it's still not enough for you, additional lemon is provided at the side. Fish wise, meat was tender, moist and easily glides down into your tummy.
Lastly - it was time for Mr.Grilled Salmon (S$12.90) to steal the show! If you're on a diet or any fitness regime, this is the best dish for you that comes with garden salad (though you probably can make do without the sauce if you're on the verge of exceeding your calorie limit) and a generous portion of salmon. It was meaty, chewy and slightly sweet with the right moisture level retained in the fish so it definitely wasn't overdone.


ARE YOU A STUDENT?
By just flashing your student card when ordering, you'll get to enjoy a bowl of chowder of the day, a side of mashed potato puffs & a choice of main (Original Fish N Chips or Cheese Karage Pasta) for just S$6.90. Valid only from Monday - Friday 12pm - 5pm!

Fish Tales
*SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link #02-27/#02-18B Singapore 237978
Tel No.: +65 6636 9960
Monday to Sunday 12pm – 10pm

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