2016 Movie Review- Inferno (Robert Langdon Series)

Planning to catch a movie this weekend and not sure what to watch?

You might want to consider watching the movie, “Inferno”.

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Inferno is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by David Koepp, based on the 2013 novel of the same name by Dan Brown. The film is the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and stars Tom Hanks, reprising his role as Robert Langdon, alongside Felicity Jones, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Ben Foster and Irrfan Khan. Filming began on April 27, 2015 in Venice, Italy, and wrapped on July 21, 2015 in Budapest.

Movie Plot of Inferno

Famous symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) follows a trail of clues tied to Dante, the great medieval poet. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman (Ben Foster) from unleashing a virus that could wipe out half of the world’s population.

Official Inferno Movie Trailer

Our Thoughts About The Movie

The movie started out fine but as it progresses, it became quite draggy and the process of solving the clues became not as exciting as we had expected it to be. In fact, we could count the number of clues that were solved in the movie with two fingers and we felt that the movie certainly did the novel no justice. We have every reason to believe that fans of the novel will be somewhat disappointed with the movie and for the visual learners who don’t intend to go through the entire book because of its wordy text, the movie kind of summarises everything that you need to know from the book.

If you have spare cash this weekend and don’t wish to be coop up at home, head to the nearest cinema near you and catch a movie!

Well out of a rating of 5, we will give the film a 3.

Night Time Errands Running Services Singapore

We are pleased to announce that with effect from 17 October 2016, our company will be collaborating with The Night Rider Singapore to offer night-time errands-running services.

So, if you’re feeling hungry in the middle of the night; or if you’re working on a project and you need to munch on some supper, we can cater to your needs. With 24-hour food and beverage establishments all over Singapore, we can help you satisfy your hunger pangs all the way till late night!

If you need some ideas for supper, check out Her World Plus’ 12 Best Supper Spots In Singapore For Late-Night Hunger Pangs!

Supper Delivery Service Singapore

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If you need to get something from the convenience shops but it is not so convenient for you to do so (you get what we mean); we can help you get it and have it delivered to your place (with discretion, of course).

Night Time Errand Running Service Singapore

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To kick-start our new service offering, we will be extending the promotional rate of SGD$30 from now all the way till 31 December regardless of the location (yes, even for errands from Jurong to Changi).

*Do note that the SGD$30 promotional rate is only valid for errands request from 7pm to 5am the next day.

To request for an errand to be done, you can either message us via A Winsome Life Facebook Page or The Night Rider Singapore Facebook Page. Alternatively, you can also contact us via email at concierge@awinsomelife.org

Apart from offering night-time errands-running services, we are also able to assist with the following services when you’re away on a holiday:

Rabbit Boarding Service

Rabbit Boarding Service Singapore

We have more than 2 years of experience caring for rabbits and we have a fuzzy lop at home that we take great pride in. If you need a rabbit boarding service, you can count on us to have your rabbits taken care of when you’re away on a holiday. Our rates for boarding services is SGD$9 a day and it is inclusive of premium rabbit food and a one-time basic grooming service (basic brushing and de-matting, no trimming). Transportation can be arranged but it will be at an additional cost of SGD$40 for a return trip.

Gardening Service

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A garden requires daily maintenance and care. If left alone for more than 3 days, the plants will dehydrate and start thinning. If you’re away for a holiday for a long period of time and you require someone to take care of your garden and plants while you’re away, we can help! For a fee of SGD$45, we will take care of your garden for 5 days and if you need someone to take care of your garden for an even longer period of time, we will be more than happy to discuss your needs and requirements.

Should you require any other personal errands and concierge services, please feel free to drop us an email at concierge@awinsomelife.org and we can arrange for a phone call or a meeting to discuss your needs.

A Winsome Life X FoodSterr Collaboration and Partnership

Being a frequent baker, it is important to me that I use only the finest ingredients that I can find in the market but the truth is, premium baking ingredients are not only expensive; they are hard to find as well.

When Nehal Patel from Foodsterr dropped us an email a few months back, boy were we so glad because in the midst of our busy schedules, we really had no time to go shop around for ingredients and Foodsterr came at the right time to answer to our baking needs.

Not only that, Foodsterr also has a whole range of other products that really intrigued me because recently, I have been trying to lose some weight and I honestly enjoy having my daily cup of coffee with full cream milk but I have since decided to substitute dairy milk with almond milk instead. Now, those of us who frequent the supermarket would know that the almond milk that is being sold in cartons are completely devoid of nutrients and I would very much prefer to make my own almond milk; which is really easy, but the most difficult part about making my own almond milk was to find whole almonds that are wallet-friendly.

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So, here comes Foodsterr to the rescue!

For 500 grams of Natural Almonds from the USA, it cost SGD$18.90 and it is really more affordable when compared to buying almonds from a Brick and Mortar shop.

We are really pleased to announce that we have just signed a new partnership with Foodsterr, an online specialty foods marketplace (nuts, dried fruits, seeds, superfoods, flour and etc.) sourced from around the globe for wholesale and retail.

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The company prides itself in being a responsible business, sourcing as many quality, sustainably produced products as possible. In addition, with each purchase, customers are encouraged to make a contribution to one of three charities, and Foodsterr will match a portion of their donations.

We’re pleased to share that Foodsterr is offering all our readers 10% off the total bill with the coupon code WINSOME(key in the coupon code in your order)


*A minimum order of SGD$30 is required.

In case you’re wondering how you too can make almond milk; here’s a recipe that I follow which will yield about 470ml of almond milk

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140 grams of raw almonds, preferably organic
470 ml of water, plus some more water set aside for soaking the raw almonds
Sweeteners like honey, sugar, agave syrup, or maple syrup, to taste, (optional)

Electronic Scale
Fine-Mesh Nut Bag or Coffee Sock


Soak the almonds overnight or up to 2 days.
Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. They will plump as they absorb water. Let stand on the counter, covered with a cloth, overnight, or refrigerate for up to 2 days. The longer the almonds soak, the creamier the almond milk.

Drain and rinse the almonds.
Drain the almonds from their soaking water and rinse them thoroughly under cool running water. At this point, the almonds should feel a little squishy if you pinch them. It’s best to discard the soaking water because it contains phytic acid, which inhibits the body’s ability to absorb nutrients (you can also use the water to water the plants if you don’t want to discard it).

Combine the almonds and water in a blender.
Place the almonds in the blender and cover with 470ml of water.

Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes.
Pulse the blender a few times to break up the almonds, then blend continuously for two minutes. The almonds should be broken down into a very fine meal and the water should be white and opaque.

Strain the almonds.
Line the strainer with either the opened nut bag or coffee sock, and place over a measuring cup.

Pour the almond mixture into the strainer.
Press all the almond milk from the almond meal. Gather the nut bag or coffee sock around the almond meal and twist close. Squeeze and press with clean hands to extract as much almond milk as possible. You should get about 470ml of almond milk.

Sweeten to taste.
Taste the almond milk, and if a sweeter drink is desired, add sweetener to taste.

Refrigerate almond milk.
Store the almond milk in sealed containers in the fridge for up to two days.

Additional Information:
The leftover almond meal can be added to oatmeal, smoothies, and muffins as it is. You can also spread it out onto a baking sheet and bake it for 2 to 3 hours in an oven until it is completely dry. Dry almond meal can be kept frozen for several months and used in baked goods such as macarons.

[Review]- Gobdigoun, A Korean Skincare Brand Using Sheep Placenta

Have you heard of Gobdigoun, a Korean skincare brand?

Well, I haven’t heard of Gobdigoun until Jacqueline was sharing with me about it and I’m always amazed at how she is always updated with the latest trends in the world of beauty and skincare; which is apparently not my forte (I’m a guy, duh!).

When Jacqueline shared with me about Gobdigoun, she had so many good things to say about the brand and what really caught my attention were the skincare products that they have to offer.

Gobdigoun’s bestselling products are the 24K Golden Cream Placenta Power, Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask and Placenta Power Aging Corrector Eye Cream; and apparently, they are very popular in China, Taiwan, and Japan.


I honestly had no idea what Placenta is and so I did a Google Search and found out that the placenta is an organ that connects the developing foetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, provide thermo-regulation to the foetus, waste elimination, gas exchange via the mother’s blood supply, fight against internal infection and produce hormones to support pregnancy.

In short, the placenta provides oxygen and nutrients to growing babies and removes waste products from the baby’s blood. So… after finding out what a placenta is; you can probably figure what went through my mind at that point of time. I really can’t imagine applying a Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask on my face!


The placenta from Gobdigoun’s facial and skincare products comes from the sheep and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria and Madonna swear by their sheep placenta facials. Although placenta has been a pretty big trend, there’s been little analysis on the scientific side of things; so it’s impossible to say that placenta is a skincare miracle.

My experience of applying a Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask on my face?

When Jacqueline applied the Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask on my face, I must admit that although I cringed slightly at first, it really wasn’t that bad. I was expecting the facial mask to smell weird but to my surprise, it was pleasantly scented. The sensation was cooling on my face and after what seems like 30 minutes, my face was soft to the touch and it had that bouncy effect. Overall, the experience was very refreshing and my face appeared much radiant.


For the Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask, it cost 120,000 South Korean Won (about SGD$150) for a box of 10 facial masks and this price does not include the cost of shipping.

Apart from the Placenta Cellulose Gel Bio Mask, Gobdigoun has many other skincare products available so do check out their Official Website for the entire range!


Keen to give Gobdigoun’s products a try?

Gobdigoun started business in Korea since 2010 and they don’t have any physical shop in Singapore. If you would like to place an order for their products; you can contact them via their Official Facebook Page and they will have your order shipped from Korea to Singapore.


Do also like Gobdigoun’s Facebook Page so that you can tune in to their exclusive promotions!

Wine Tasting Class with The French Cellar

Last week, Jacqueline and I were invited by the kind folks from The French Cellar for a wine tasting session at Vanilla Bar and Cafe and we had an awesome time pairing Thai food with French wine.

For me personally, it was also a good refresher because ever since I earned my Bordeaux Level 1 Wine Certificate from L’Ecole du vin; I have not touched my wine knowledge somewhat and Lucas, (a French Sommelier from The French Cellar) covered a great deal of information about French wine that kept me engaged throughout the session.

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Fun Fact #1

France produces 6 billion bottles of wine every year!

We tasted 1 sparkling, 1 white, 1 rose, and 2 reds; all of which were refreshingly good. I especially enjoyed the reds and they paired really well with spicy food.

Fun Fact #2

French wines are usually not sweet as no sugar is added; unlike some other wines where sugar is added after the fermentation process.

After the wine tasting session, Lucas shared with us more about what his company, The French Cellar, does and we were extremely intrigued by the wine subscription service that his company offers (yes, we signed up for the wine subscription service because Jacqueline and I are wine-lovers).

The French Cellar 2016

The French Cellar imports French wines directly from vineyards and they are carefully selected by their sommelier, Mr. Nicolas Rebut, who was the former Chef Sommelier of 3-star Michelin restaurants, Louis XV (Monaco) and Le Meurice (Paris). Based in France, Nicolas explores vineyards and forges privileged relationships with estates and winemakers in search of exclusive wines at the best value. Tasting thousands of wine samples each year, Nicolas selects only the best wines from renowned estates and undiscovered appellations.

The French Cellar 2016

Fun Fact #3

The northern half of France produces more white wine while the southern half of France produces more red wine.

With The French Cellar’s wine subscription service, wine enthusiasts can discover two beautiful tasting wines every month, exclusively through their platform, thanks to a special and personal relationship they have between Nicholas and winemakers in France.

The French Cellar 2016

If you are new to wine and have absolutely zero knowledge about wine-making, fret not because the wine comes with complementary tasting notes, written by Richard, so that you can enjoy an epicurean wine journey and learn more about the wines, winemakers and vineyards.

For more information about The French Cellar, do check out their official website and if you are intrigued by their wine subscription service just like us, do attend their complimentary wine tasting workshop to understand more.

The French Cellar 2016

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us as we will help to direct your queries to The French Cellar.