Thursday, January 07, 2021

Pineapple Tarts & Other CNY Goodies! (Review)

 Before we know it, 2020 is over and we are already nearing the second week of the new year. That just means that my favorite festival of the year is coming! I love Chinese New Year - the festivities, the atmosphere and vibe in the air and of course, all the yummy snacks we get to enjoy! It is just a very happy and wholesome time we get to spend with our loved ones. With barely a month to Chinese New Year, let me introduce you to Pineapple Tart Singapore, where you can get a wide variety of new year goodies and snacks, delivered right to your doorstep! :)~

I was spoilt for choice when I browsed their online store, because even for pineapple tarts (my absolute favorite and most definitely, their signature products), there are many to choose from! And if you are like me, just go for one of each, haha! Finally made my selections and these were delivered to my house within a few days. Superb! What a happy sight.


I was recommended the Award Winning Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pineapple Tarts, so of course I went for that, but seeing that there are different types of pineapple tarts available, I included them all into my cart as well. As a personal preference, I like open-faced pineapple tarts (Nonya Pineapple Tarts), so that was an obvious choice for me. And because my family are all big fans of SCS butter, I also included a canister of Premium SCS Butter Pineapple Tarts. We can never have enough of pineapple tarts, can we?=P



I was also intrigued by their Mango Tarts, which is basically similar to pineapple tarts but made with mango instead, so that definitely went into my cart as well. And most certainly, I cannot miss out my husband's favorite love letters and Mala fish skin crackers which I love! Oh, and did I also mention I love the Spicy Hae Bee Hiam Rolls? Yes, that too.




By now, you probably think I sound like a kid in a candy store, but that's reality for you when you get to my age. Chinese New Year is such a happy and celebratory time of the year, and we should all just feast and enjoy the yummy goodies! I am happy to say that all their offerings passed my taste test, though I do feel that the Nonya Pineapple Tarts are a little on the sweeter side. If you have a sweet tooth, it'd be right up your alley. For me, I had to down it with some Chinese tea, which made it perfect and absolutely enjoyable. I totally recommend this combination!

But don't worry too much about the sweetness, because the paste is homemade from scratch using the sweetest pineapple from Brazil, and they promise no artificial sweeteners or flavorings! You can totally put your heart at ease on that.

I am trying very hard not to finish everything before Chinese New Year arrives, but I probably do need to get another batch by then. Get yours soon so that you can thoroughly enjoy the best feasting season of the year!


Get yours from Pineapple Tart Singapore today! You can also send in your orders or queries to hello@pineappletart.com. Enjoy! =D

Monday, December 21, 2020

Cosmo Quantum Instant Hot & Cold Water Dispenser (Review!)

Have you been thinking of getting a water dispenser for your home but have been procrastinating to do so? I really don't know why you are still waiting, because I personally have been using a water dispenser for more than 5 years now and I am still feeling grateful every day for getting it! So when my brother and sister-in-law shifted into their new place recently, I thought this was the best gift for them. They will be welcoming their first baby by mid 2021, and a water dispenser will be extremely useful and convenient for them! And it was at this time when COSMO approached me for a review of their latest water dispenser - How timely and perfect!

There are so many reasons to get a Cosmo Quantum Water Dispenser and in today's post, let me outline some of the benefits for you:

Sleek & Space-Saving

What I love most about Cosmo's water dispenser is how small and sleek it is! I understand that many BTOs and new houses come with really compact kitchens these days, so if space is a concern to you, this water dispenser will work perfectly for you. It measures merely 445mm (L) x 185mm (W) x 394mm (H) and weighs 11.5kg. It only takes up that little counter space, next to your sink (because it must be connected to a water point). It's small size is also because it doesn't come with a water tank - as mentioned, it connects directly to a water point/source and I like this feature because one less component means one less thing to clean and ensure hygiene. 

And of course, who wouldn't like such a sleek-looking machine with ergonomic touch interface? It's so easy to operate by touch screen - Technology rocks!

Instant Hot/Cold Water

This is the biggest reason why I would encourage anyone to get a water dispenser for their home. You can stop boiling water forever and get hot water instantly at a touch of a button, literally! I cannot emphasize how useful this feature is, especially if you have babies or young children at home. It is too convenient and fuss-free. The Cosmo Quantum water dispenser dispenses water at 3 different temperatures: Icy water (5-10 degrees C), Luke Warm Water (30-45 degrees C) and Hot Water (89-97 degrees C). Making milk for your babies is a breeze with this dispenser! When it comes to entertaining guests at home, I also use the cold water function to make chilled drinks very quickly for my guests. I used to have to make them hours beforehand to get them into the fridge long enough to chill! I cannot emphasize how much time a water dispenser has saved me.

Filtered/ Alkaline Water

You can opt to go for alkaline filter or not for your dispenser. Alkaline water has many health benefits of course, such as anti-oxidant properties, healthier teeth, skin and bone, etc. However, if you are not a fan of alkaline water, you can always opt for a normal filter which purifies and sterilizes the water. Germicidal UV wavelength eradicates the presence of micro-organisms and bacteria. Always good to know that what we are drinking is good for our bodies! Especially useful for families with young children, don't you think?

Verdict

The Cosmo Quantum water dispenser is now sitting in my brother and sister-in-law's kitchen and they are happy users so far. No more boiling water and instant beverages can be made anytime of the day conveniently! When their baby comes next year, they will enjoy even more benefits and convenience from the water dispenser, I'm sure! So happy to be able to make their lives easier and healthier! For more information on the product, click Cosmo Quantum. You will be happy to know that they are currently running a Christmas promotion where you will enjoy tons of savings as well!


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Monday, December 07, 2020

An Italian Christmas At The Cliff, Sofitel Sentosa (Food Tasting)

 I'm not sure about you, but I am exceptionally excited for Christmas this year! Maybe it's because 2020 has been an extraordinary year like no other or perhaps I am just looking for a good and restful break after a whole year of hard work. Or maybe it's the thought that 2020 is finally ending and we can start anew in 2021! Haha! But I really find myself looking forward to the Christmas season with great anticipation. Thanks to Sofitel Sentosa, I got an early head start to the festive season at The Cliff, when I went to taste their Christmas dinner menu!

If you want to skip the crowds expected during the week leading up toe Christmas, I would encourage you to go for an early Christmas feast! It's never too early to soak ourselves in the most wonderful time of the year - The Cliff is offering their Italian-themed Christmas lunch and dinner from now all the way till end of December! 


The hotel was already beautifully decorated for Christmas. Always love Sofitel Sentosa for its beautiful landscaping that makes you feel enveloped by nature and greeneries. It is always relaxing to step into the hotel grounds! We arrived at The Cliff before it got completely dark for the night, and got ourselves a table at the alfresco dining area that overlooked a beautiful sea view. The sunset was a gorgeous orange and really mesmerizing. It was a perfect date night setting for us!


For this year, The Cliff is offering an Italian 3-course lunch or 5-course dinner for Christmas .  Let me bring you through our dinner in pictures so you have a visual feast as well!


We were served bread basket and champagne (complimentary to media and not included in the Christmas menu) to start off!


The bread as so yummy I asked for second servings, unreservedly. =P


For the first course, we were served the Spiced Walnut & Ricotta Crostini. I am not a fan of dairy and cheese, but the ricotta tasted super good and not cheesy like I imagined. So glad I was brave enough to at least try it. The whole concoction was so magical - every ingredient worked perfectly together for an intense and satisfying burst of flavours in my mouth! The texture was enhanced by the crunchy-ness of the walnuts and toasted crostini. I was really quite impressed with the starter.


Next, we had an Endive & Persimmon Salad which was so appetizing. It was tangy and sweet, and the crunchy vegetables were really refreshing and light. I love the pomegranate and toasted pumpkin seeds in the salad, and how colourful it looked!


For the first main, you can choose between Pork and Veal Tortellini in Clear Meat Broth or Beetroot & Goat Cheese Ravioli. I had the former while the husband opted for the latter. The broth was deep with flavours (like chicken consomm√© boiled for hours!) and the tortellini were tasty as well, filled with minced meat. The ravioli might be a challenge for non-cheese lovers like me, but if you like cheese, you might want to choose that!



For the second main, you can choose between Braised Beef Short Rib, Polenta and Horseradish Gremolata or Caramelised Kabochua Squash Risotto. If you are not a vegetarian, I would totally recommend the braised beef short rib because it was just so delightful! The meat has become so tender after hours of braising and it falls off the bone easily. Every bite was flavourful and delicious! The risotto paled in comparison but tasted yummy as well, especially with the grilled squash. It would be a good option if you don't take beef.



The final course was the dessert and it was a Dark Chocolate Ricotta Yule Log cake that was delicious and satisfying. I love dark chocolate!! And the cherries were great additions to this dish!


We had such a wonderful time at dinner, just relaxing and chit-chatting while enjoying the wonderful ambience. It's definitely the most wonderful time of the year! Thank you so much, Sofitel Sentosa The Cliff, for your warm hospitality and delicious offerings!

Now, if you are interested to try out their Italian Christmas menu, here are the prices and some useful information. Early bird discount is available before 10 December! For Christmas Eve, there is a luxurious7-course menu (seafood included) waiting for you!

Lunch – $48++/diner
Top up for Wine Pairing – $98++/diner

Early Bird Discount!
Book before 10 December
Enjoy $248++/two diners with wine pairing

Dinner – $78++/diner
Top up for Wine Pairing – $98++/diner

Early Bird Discount!
Book before 10 December
Enjoy $298++/two diners with wine pairing

CHRISTMAS EVE, 24 DECEMBER  |  6PM TO 10PM

Dinner – $158++/diner
Top up for Wine Pairing – $138++/diner
For enquiries, please contact us at (65) 6708 8310 or email H9474-fb6@sofitel.com

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Piza Delivery Review: Uncle Tony Pizza (Giveaway!)

Year 2020 has been a very strange and unique year indeed. It's the year I became extremely savvy in ordering food online and having them delivered to my doorstep! It's been a year with lots of inconveniences but out of that birthed conveniences in other areas of our lives as well, and for that, I'm grateful! We got introduced to yet another pizza delivery platform - https://pizzadelivery.sg/. and we ordered them in for a pizza party!

I'm quite sure all of us are online ordering experts by now, and Uncle Tony Pizza's website is easy peasy. Prices are reasonable and variety is good too. Plus, they promise to deliver under an hour! Really nothing else to ask for more! Check out what we ordered for our pizza party!

I had made an advance order a week earlier and the delivery was right on time within my requested timeslot. Love that the food arrived still HOT! That's the most important, isn't it??


We ordered their Sharing Bundle - "Let's Go Party", which came with four large pizzas of our choice, side dishes such as chicken wings, honey mustard prawns, fish fingers and nuggets, and 2 bottles of drinks. It was a feast (both for the eyes and our tummies!).



My favourite was the Pepperoni Pizza (classic and just the way I love it), and the side dishes were all quite good as well.







Needless to say, my kids enjoyed the food - One can never go wrong with pizzas, can we? =D Check them out for your next family gathering and party. Hey, Christmas is coming (hint hint!)!

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Saturday, November 28, 2020

DIY Resin Kits To Make Your Own Resin Accessories! (Review)

 I super love resin accessories because they look classy and always pretty and feminine. In fact, I've been thinking of signing up for resin art classes where I can try my hand at resin as well as create something uniquely mine. So, when Happy Hands Can approached me to review their DIY resin kits, I jumped at it immediately! It turned out really, really fun and interesting!

Currently, they offer several different DIY resin kits - You can choose to make your own earrings, necklaces, keychains or a mixture of them! For me, since I wear earrings most often, I opted for the earrings kit which gave me 4 pairs of uniquely designed earrings that cannot be found anywhere else! 

The kit comes complete with detailed step-by-step instructions as well as all the items you require in making your own DIY accessories. I love how meticulous the team is - they included cotton buds, small plastic cups, toothpicks etc to make the whole process smooth and very easy. The most exciting part was probably using the UV light torch, which solidifies our creations! Don't worry if you are hopeless at art because Happy Hands Can makes this whole project very easy to follow. Even my kids had fun doing them on their own!


(Image from Happy Hands Can website)

Different colorings were provided and all I needed to do was to squeeze out some liquid resin into the plastic cups and mix in my desired colors.





Tiny dried flowers were also included to beautify my earring creations! Love these!


Following the clear instructions, I got started on making my earrings and just enjoyed the whole process of creation and designing. It was so therapeutic! :D 

For this pair, I went for a mixture of pink and blue hues. So pretty already, isn't it? 


Hardening the resin takes just two minutes with this UV light torch.


Once the base is hardened, it's really up to you how you want to place the dried flowers and other decorations. No right or wrong - Just your unique art pieces!


Once all the resin have hardened, fasten the earring hooks and we are all set! Really simple and easy, isn't it? And we end up with 4 different pairs of earrings to don with different outfits!




The end result was so satisfying - I loved every minute of it! I think these DIY resin kits from Happy Hands Can are great as gifts for your crafty friends this upcoming Christmas season, or you can even host an Art & Craft party of five with your friends using these kits! They are also easy and simple enough for kids to try, so get some for your kids to do this school holidays as well - I guarantee you that they will be so pleased with their creations! Hop over to check them out now! =)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

I Love A Good Staycation! Intercontinental Singapore

It felt so surreal when we stepped into Intercontinental Singapore for our first staycation after a year! 2020 has been a most peculiar year that has not been easy at all, even for a homebody like me. I was so excited about our couple staycation the night before we checked in, especially when it's one of our favorite hotels of all time!


The hospitality was impeccable. Check-in time was at 2pm, but when we arrived at the hotel at 11am, wanting to deposit our bags at the concierge, they informed us that the room was ready! We were given the Junior Suite and the sheer size of the room blew us away!


The Junior Suite comes with a spacious living room and a separate bedroom - We were there to celebrate our wedding anniversary, so the kids didn't join us, but the room was definitely big enough to accommodate them as well! Love the classic and timeless furnishings and decorations in the suite, as well as little Peranakan touches here and there. Super cosy and comfortable!



The bedroom was dressed in the same classy tones for a really cosy night of rest. Both the living area and the bedroom came with their own flatscreen TV, and we spent hours just lazing in the room watching movies! It was THE LIFE - so relaxing and chill. :) The husband and I were just saying that we couldn't even remember the last time we felt so relaxed and rested! The Covid pandemic had inevitably caused emotional and mental stress on all of us, and this was a really good break and probably the best option now since international travel is still restricted.


The bathroom came furnished with a bath tub as well as a standing shower area, with essentials provided as usual. The only hint that we were still in the Covid pandemic was the disposable masks and hand sanitizers provided by the hotel as part of their kind gesture.




We were informed at check-in that we could opt to have our breakfast delivered to the room the next morning or have it at the hotel restaurant - Ash & Elm. We decided to enjoy it at the restaurant because I love how beautiful the restaurant is! 

See what I mean? :)


Ambience plays a big part in completing the dining experience and I was really happy to start my day here.


As buffets are not allowed during this season, the staff handed us a menu to choose our set breakfasts from. I actually liked it this way because everything was served to us at our table!


Warm breads, muffins and fruits were served to our table as starters, along with our coffees and teas. 





I opted for a local breakfast set, while the husband had a Western set. Both looked so good! My set came with a claypot porridge, assorted dim sum, kaya butter toast and a soft-boiled egg.





The Western set came with sunny side up, bacon, sausages, hashbrown, grilled mushrooms & tomato and baked beans - you know, the full works.


Thanks to Intercontinental Singapore, we had a restful staycation to celebrate our wedding anniversary and just enjoy our long-awaited rest! This hotel will always be one of our top choices for several reasons:

1. Service is top-notch from the concierge to housekeeping and restaurant staff,
2. It is conveniently located within the compound of Bugis Junction, which means access to shopping malls, lots of restaurants and cafes and entertainment. There are abundance of late-night supper spots all around as well. 
3. Cosy and comfortable rooms for best quality of rest and rejuvenation.

If you are planning a staycation with your family for the upcoming year end school holidays, check out their Family First Package - https://singapore.intercontinental.com/offers/family-first. Since we are not likely to be able to travel leisurely overseas this year, a staycation would be the next best vacation plan you can have. With the SingapoRediscover vouchers given by the government this December, you can absolutely plan for a great staycation soon! I wish you all a very happy year-end season in advance! :)