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Celebrating Jacqueline’s 26th Birthday With Resorts World Sentosa, Rainbowly & Taobao!

The month of June has been an extremely busy month for us as there were so many media requests, reviews, and events for us to attend and even though there were so much things to do with so little time, I managed to squeeze some time to plan Jacqueline’s 26th birthday and it was indeed such a memorable occasion for the both of us.

The Chocolate Mousse Cake From Swee Heng 1989 Classic That Jacqueline Really Love

To begin with, I had a difficult time deciding what to get for Jacqueline. After much consideration, I decided to give her a dollhouse that fits the theme of our upcoming wedding. Just in case you are wondering, the theme for our upcoming wedding is, “Nautical” and it will be held next year at ONE°15 Marina Club.

In the past, there used to be a push-cart store at VivoCity that sells do-it-yourself [diy] dollhouse kits but after searching high and low, I was informed that the push-cart store was no longer in operation. As such, I began to search online for diy dollhouse kits and it took quite a while as I was not sure where to begin. Thankfully, I managed to find the diy dollhouse kit that I was looking for on Taobao and I got it shipped over to Singapore via a third-party shipper, 65daigou.

The entire process [including shipping] took less than 1 week and 65daigou provided me with many convenient options to collect my shipment. It cost me about SGD$120 [inclusive shipping] to get the diy dollhouse kit and I must say, it was well worth the money!

The diy dollhouse kit took me about 1 month to complete and I had to start building the dollhouse from scratch! Though it was difficult at first, I managed to figure my way around and the instruction manual was really helpful in aiding me to piece everything together.

Everything was literally built from scratch and a lot of cutting, pasting, and sewing was involved! The windows, bed, flower pots, sofa, and other minute details are all pieced together bit by bit.

Due to a mistake that I made at the very first step, I had to do some drilling on my own as well. After constructing all the various decorations and furnishings, the last thing I had to do was to fix the lighting using a parallel circuit.

Viola!

Here’s a picture of the dollhouse that I made for Jacqueline and when she saw it, she was so happy that I felt a sense of satisfaction and achievement!

Apart from giving Jacqueline a dollhouse that I made from scratch, I also gave her an edible bouquet of fresh strawberries that are coated and decorated with white chocolate. The bouquet of fresh fruits also came with 3 stalks of beautiful roses and it was really pretty!

In the past, I have always given Jacqueline a bouquet of roses but she has never really fancied it because she felt that it was a waste of money. Giving Jacqueline an edible bouquet of fresh strawberries was really a fantastic idea as we could enjoy and savour the sweet and juicy strawberries together. The edible fruit bouquet was very practical and reasonably priced too!

If you are interested in giving an edible bouquet to your loved ones, do check out Rainbowly’s Official Website and like Rainbowly Facebook Page for more information and promotional updates! In fact, Rainbowly has a wide range of edible bouquets that you can choose from and we are sure you can find one that your partner adores!

On this note, both Jacqueline and I would also want to thank Rainbowly for coming onboard as one of our sponsors for our upcoming wedding! We are truly honoured and privileged!

Last but not the least, to celebrate Jacqueline’s birthday, we had a great dining experience at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Resorts World Sentosa.

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a two-time winner in the Best Dining Experience category at the Singapore Experience Awards (2012 and 2013), is a unique dining concept where chefs experiment and create; working on new ideas and fusing different concepts reflective of the locale.

This presentation immerses guests in a dining experience where guests are part of the action, separated by a counter between kitchen and main dining area. Mr Robuchon has likened L’Atelier to an artist’s studio, where diners can witness chefs create, prepare, and cook innovative dishes right before them, and chefs have the pleasure of watching diners enjoy their meal.

Here’s a picture of the servers whom served us really well!

At L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, we entered a whole new realm of fine dining. After shocking the culinary world with his retirement at 50 years of age, Mr Joël Robuchon returned to the kitchen with the idea to create L’Atelier. “This concept has convinced me that its informality and conviviality, where you can have just one dish or a whole dinner, is the way people want to eat today. In addition, you have the theatrical aspect, of being able to watch the food prepared.” – Joël Robuchon on L’Atelier.

The L’Atelier interior décor lies in the hands of world-renowned designer Pierre-Yves Rochon who designed the first L’Atelier in Paris in 2003. Kitted out entirely in black and red furnishings to streamline the signature dramatic sleek look for the Atelier concept, the restaurant also dresses its servers in black.

This was the 3-course meal that we had at L’Atelier.

My Appetizer: Cod Brandade Served With Condiments

Jacqueline’s Appetizer: Piquillo With Smoke Eggplant & Tuna Belly Confit

Our Main Course: Salmon With Lacquered Maple Sap & Endive Salad

Jacqueline’s Dessert: Mango Lightness, Passionata Sorbet With Exotic Coulis

My Dessert: Crunchy Chocolate With Coffee Chantilly & Fresh Orange

The 3-course meal that we had at L’Atelier was fabulous and they are lovingly made by the chefs whom were working really hard to whip up such a sumptuous meal. Jacqueline and I will definitely be back to try their other dishes!

Here are the promotions that L’Atelier has in the meantime:

Early Evening Dining
Daily, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
3-course Meal at $40++

Ladies’ Night (Every Thursday)
$88++ per person
Inclusive of 4-course set menu with free-flow of Sparkling wine or Bellini Cocktail

If you like to spend some romantic time with your loved ones over dinner, we will highly recommend L’Atelier. Though the menu is slightly on the expensive side, you will definitely enjoy the immersive and highly-personalised dining experience. Be sure to call and make your reservations as the restaurant is often packed with diners.

A Picture With The Chef De Cuisine & Sous Chef To Complete The Dining Experience

So this was how I planned and celebrated Jacqueline’s 26th birthday! I hope that by sharing my experience, the husbands/boyfriends would be able to get some tips and ideas here to thrill and surprise your other half!

My Experience With Contact Lenses

Truth be told, I have always admired people who put on colour contact lenses because it gives them an opportunity to express themselves through colours. After all, there’s a saying that “eyes are the windows to our soul” and contact lenses help to beautify the eyes. There are many types of contact lenses that are available out there in the market and it gives users the ability to have a clearer vision without the hassle of wearing spectacles.

[Image Credits to Vision Of Witham]

I still recall the very first time I put on contact lenses and to be honest, I was extremely sceptical about having a foreign object stuck to my eye. Though putting on the contact lenses felt awkward for the first few tries, I gradually became more confident of putting them on.

[Image Obtained From Mayyoli]

Now if you are fascinated with contact lenses like I did and you are a first-timer, I highly advise that you purchase your contact lenses from authorised optical stores and not from blogshops or even retail stores that do not have the necessary licenses.

The most important thing to look out for when buying contact lenses is comfort, especially if you are planning to put on contact lenses for the long term. However, if you are a fashionista and you don’t need vision correction but wish to put on contact lenses on a short-term basis, you will still be required to undergo an eye examination, fitting, and prescription by an eye care professional.

[Image Credits to Killingly Eyecare]

When using contact lenses, you should ensure that you adhere to the instructions given by the optician. If the contact lenses that you’re getting is only meant for daily usage, be sure not to reuse them and at all times, handle your contact lenses with proper care and hygiene because you don’t want to risk having an eye infection.

[Image Credits to The Glamourousgleam]

Should you have dry eyes like me and you’re concerned about putting on contact lenses, you might want to consider getting an extended wear contact lenses that will keep your eyes moist.

[Image Credits to CooperVision]

I personally believe that contact lenses should be considered as one of mankind’s greatest inventions. With contact lenses, people whom have vision problems can now enjoy an active lifestyle with great convenience!

Are you ready to step into the world of contact lenses?

Welcome To Grainology 101

Whether it is for health reasons or personal preferences, our society has become more sophisticated in our appetite for healthier food. In the past, consumers like you and I would buy and eat whatever that satisfies our stomachs, but in recent times, we do not just look out for food that has lower calories and cholesterol, but also food that has low gluten, low Glycemic Index, and other facets of nutrition.

One such growing trend is the consumption of food products that contain sprouted grains.

What Are Sprouted Grains?

Grains are the seeds of certain plants, largely cereal grasses. Like all seeds, grain kernels are a marvel of nature, containing the potential of a whole new plant, patiently waiting its turn in the sun.

All three edible parts of the whole grain; the germ, endosperm, and bran, are crucial to creating the new plant. The germ is the plant embryo, which, when it grows, will feed on the starchy endosperm. The bran layers provide some additional nutrients and along with the inedible husk found on many grains, help protect the grain seed until it’s ready to start the growth cycle.

Structure Of A Wheat Grain

Until then, the seed counts on certain built-in growth inhibitors to keep it from germinating until temperature and moisture conditions are just right. Then, once sprouting starts, enzyme activity wipes out these growth inhibitors and transforms the long-term-storage starch of the endosperm to simpler molecules that are easily digested by the growing plant embryo.

The Sprouting Process

Just as the baby plant finds these enzyme-activated simple molecules easier to digest, so too may some people. The sprouting process apparently increases the amount and bio-availability of some vitamins [notably Vitamin C] and minerals, making sprouted grains a potential nutrition powerhouse.

Since sprouted grains offers nutritional benefits, how would you like if you could have sprouted wholemeal bread for breakfast every morning?

Sunshine Bakeries, Singapore’s first commercial manufacturer and marketer of bakery products, recently launched the Sunshine Extra Fine Sprouted Wholemeal Bread and it is also the first Asian manufacturer to work with the US Whole Grains Council to educate consumers on the important benefits of sprouted grains.

According to the US Whole Grains Council, the premier authority on wholegrains, the next evolution in healthier food lies in sprouted wholegrains. Said Ms Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food & Nutrition Strategies of the US Whole Grains Council, “Singapore is a leader in Asia in promoting wholegrains, and within Singapore, it’s only natural that a leading company like Sunshine Bakeries would be at the forefront of the newest advances in wholegrains. Research shows sprouted grains are gentler on our digestion, have higher levels of fiber, folate, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also has lower glycemic impact, which helps keep blood sugar healthy.”

Ms Cynthia Harriman, Director of Food & Nutrition Strategies of the US Whole Grains Council, sharing with the media on the benefits of sprouted grains via a video-conference session.

Sunshine Extra Fine Sprouted Wholemeal Bread is an innovative new product unparalleled in taste, texture and nutritional level. An abundance of extra fine 80% wholemeal flour gives it an extra softness in each bite. Personally, we feel that the bread goes pretty well with a whole lot of other ingredients like jams, seafood, and even meat!

If you are interested in the Sunshine Extra Fine Sprouted Wholemeal Bread, it is available at all leading supermarkets, convenience stores, and petrol marts!

For more information about Sunshine Bakeries and their products, do “like” Sunshine Bakeries Facebook Page!

Colour Up Your Life With the 2014 Logitech Colour Collection

I can’t imagine myself living a day of just black and white. Without other colours like red, blue, green, and so on, wouldn’t you agree that life would be quite mundane and meaningless. Since colours allow us to express our style, our thoughts, and our emotions; how would you like if you could use a different colour each day at work or at play to express yourself?

With the 2014 Logitech Colour Collection, you can do just that!

The 2014 Logitech Colour Collection was designed to reflect the open expression of individuality in society today. Available in 5 bold and vibrant colours, the newly designed Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235 is a perfect mix of precision and comfort, and it offers a new way to express yourself.

Is having a computer mouse still necessary today? Yes, if you are using the desktop and more so if you are an avid gamer.

What if you are a laptop user?

Have you ever felt this way before?

While the touchpad on the laptop allows you to navigate your way around, it can sometimes be extremely frustrating to use because of its unresponsive touch and inaccuracies. In all honesty, we prefer to use the laptop with a mouse [rather than a touchpad] as it offers added convenience. Furthermore, a wireless mouse allows you to be mobile when giving presentations and with the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235, there’s no need for a mouse pad!

What We Like About the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235

• Compact-size
• Wireless
• Energy-saving [battery can last approximately one year]
• No need for a mouse pad
• Appealing design and colour

Are you ready to colour up your life?

The Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235 is retailing for SGD$29 each and it comes with a 3-year limited hardware warranty. For more information about the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235, you can check out Logitech Singapore’s Website.

Oh, and if you are thinking of getting your wife/mum the Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235, you might want to join the Mother’s Day Contest that Logitech Singapore is running because they are giving away 20 sets of Logitech® Wireless Mouse M235. Hurry though; because the contest closes on 9th May 2014 [tomorrow].

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Sweet Delectable Treats from Swee Heng 1989 Classic

Swee Heng Bakery is a familiar name with every household. With 20 outlets spread all over Singapore and a factory at Senoko Crescent, it is too hard to miss this bakery giant that started from a very humble beginning in the late 1980s.

In its quest to be the leading halal bakery in Singapore, Swee Heng Bakery has set another milestone by opening its latest outlet at West Mall Shopping Centre. With an entirely different store concept that offers a different range of confectionary products, Swee Heng 1989 Classic is geared towards the premium market.

Last weekend, we popped by Swee Heng 1989 Classic and we brought home tons of delectable goodies and sweet treats. From the outside, one would notice the striking vintage and retro decoration and upon stepping in, the sweet smelling aroma from the freshly-baked breads will engulf one’s senses.

To celebrate Jacqueline’s Mum’s birthday and also Mother’s Day in advance, we brought home the 10-inch Crispy Black Forest Cake that was retailing for SGD$28.90. Having tried the cake, we found the cake to be sinfully indulgent, especially with its rich and thick chocolate. If your loved ones enjoy chocolate very much, this is definitely the cake to go for!

Apart from the 10-inch Crispy Black Forest Cake that we brought home, we also took along with us some other baked products that are worth mentioning.

Charcoal Flaxseed Buns, SGD$3

With 6 buns in 1 packet, the Charcoal Flaxseed Bun is definitely value for money. Tasting just like any other normal bread, the Charcoal Flaxseed Bun is for the health conscious because the bamboo charcoal that is added to the bread dough is said to aid digestion, exclude radiation and excess moisture, and strengthen bowel movement. Sprinkled with some Flaxseed, this wholesome charcoal bun is definitely high in dietary fibre.

Nonya Curry and Egg Bun, Mushroom Chicken Bun, Chicken Vienna Bun, Parmesan Ham and Cheese Bun, SGD$1.60

These individual assorted buns retails for SGD$1.60 each and all of them are extremely tasty and satisfying. With a variety of flavours available to suit even the most picky tongue, we are pretty sure you can find a bun that suit your taste buds.

Taiwanese Steamed Cake (Black Sesame/ Original/ Mango/ Chocolate), SGD$1.80 each

Soft, spongy, and filled with the yummy custard filling, these Taiwanese Steamed Cakes is a delightful treat for all ages. Of all the four flavours that are available, we personally like the mango flavour the most!

If you are staying around Bukit Batok, be sure to visit Swee Heng 1989 Classic and get your breakfast fix!

In line with Mother’s Day celebration, Swee Heng 1989 Classic has recently launched a Facebook Contest and it is ongoing from now till 6 May 2014. If you are interested, do check out the contest on Swee Heng 1989 Classic Facebook Page and you might just be one of the 3 lucky winners to walk away with a special Mother’s Day gift set that include a 10-inch cake, a bouquet of carnation flowers, and SGD$50 worth of Swee Heng 1989 Classic Vouchers!

To participate in Swee Heng 1989 Classic Facebook Contest, check out https://www.facebook.com/sweeheng1989classic for more information and while you’re at it, don’t forget to “like” them for more updates too!