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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas Delights at Caffé B Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands

Caffé B is a Nouveau Japanese Italian restaurant and bar that celebrates the union of Italian and Japanese Cuisine.

Here, you will get to savour contemporary and premium quality Italian cuisine, infused with Japanese finesse. Your gastronomic dining experience is complete with our curated accompaniment of fine Italian and unique Japanese wines.

Few days back, I went to Caffe B restaurant and tried out their christmas menu and new bar bite set menu with my friend Angie.

Zuppa
Chef's fresh pot of the day. The soup will be different everyday so depend on your luck. During that day, they were serving mixed vegetables soup. It consist of pumkin and other assorted vegetables. The soup was creamy, healthy, and fragrance. A good dish to warm up my appetite.

Risotto - Sakura Denbu Risotto
Delightful risotto infused with proseco wrapped in seaweed , Served with sauteed onion and a garnish of sakura mirin and bonito flakes. Nice combination, the risotto texture was moist and creamy. The sauteed onion and sakura mirin give the plain risotto a new live in it.

Poached Lemon Sole and Truffle cream
Garnished with deep fried julienne of yellow, green zucchini and carrot, white truffle cream foam and sliced black truffle. Served with a side of yellow chanterelle, edamame, champagne mini pear and mazano pearl tomato. The truffle wasn't too overwhelming and the fish was well cooked still soft and moist.

Duo of Lamb Loin
Sumptuous pair of loin, one roasted skewer prepared in Marinated herbs and mustard. Accompanied by a cut of lightly seasoned loin topped with fried sesame. Garnished with layerd tomato with ticotta, parmesan and basil with a sprig of thyme. The lamb loin was meaty, tender but i think the fats was too much and it was lacking of some flavors.

White Forest Verrine Style
White chocolate mousse with sour cherry compote, mascarpone con matcha chantilly. Garnished with a touch of matcha soil with a complimenting aroma of raspberry. Interesting dessert and well match with christmas theme. Ladies definitely will love it.

Bar Bites Set
Smoked Salmon and Tomato Salsa
Delicious filling of marinated salmon and light spicy tomato salsa, served in a homemade yellow corn meal shell. Drizzled with dill mayonnaise. The taste will be more salty than usual, because it mend to go along with a glass of wine or any alcohol.

Roasted Young Tom Turkey Breast and Roasted Striploin of Beef
Served with brussel sprouts, caramelised pineapple rings, parmesan grilled tomato, chateau potatoes, buttered chestnuts and baby young corn. Accompanied with cranberry and veal jus. Definitely a good dish to share among a couple or the ladies. I personally like the roasted young tom turkey breast as it was tender, chewy and flavorful.

Vanilla Gelato Casatta
Hazelnut sponge filled with a layer of vanilla gelato, covered with infused brandy and topped with Italian meringue. Served with ponatone, wild berries and raspberry coulis. My favourite dish among all. I highly recommend everyone to give this dessert a try.

Dining pricing:
Christmas Menu Set: $148++ per pax
Bar Bites Set: $68++ for 2 pax

My Verdict:
The Christmas delights look average as no much food styling effort were added onto the overall appearance of the dishes. In term of servicing, I am kind of disappointed as my friend requested for an order, it wasn’t fulfilled. In term of overall taste and pricing, it was still acceptable. 

Caffé B Restaurant location address:
Caffe B 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-15 & 01-83
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands,
Marina Bay Sands, 018972

Opening hours: Daily: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 12am

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Banyan Tree Holdings partnership with AccorHotels

Banyan Tree Holdings announced the long-term collaboration with AccorHotels to develop and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels around the world. Banyan Tree will also have access to AccorHotels’ global reservations and sales network, as well as its loyalty programme Le Club AccorHotels.

AccorHotels will invest an initial S$24 million (c. €16 million) in Singapore-based Banyan Tree and both parties will then co-develop the brands owned by Banyan Tree around the world. This investment will be made through a mandatory convertible debenture that at conversion will give AccorHotels an approximately 5% stake in Banyan Tree. AccorHotels has an option to purchase an additional approximately 5% stake.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

[Review] Underworld Blood Wars Movie with the Vampires and Werewolves

Underworld Blood Wars Movie Review: 
A breathtaking underworld returns in a thrilling blood wars between the vampires and werewolves. Directed by Anna Foerster and starring by Kate Beckinsale as Vampire death dealer and Tobias Menzies as Lycan leader.

The visual effects cinematography of the movie was pretty well done. Likewise, I also like the story twist and the climax between the mythical creatures fights. Overall, I rate the Underworld Blood Wars movie: 3.5/5 stars. The movie will be releasing in Singapore theatres on 1 December 2016. Courtesy to SONY Pictures Singapore for the movie invitation, I enjoyed watching this movie with my friends in the cinema theatre.

Underworld Blood Wars Movie Synopsis: 
The next installment in the blockbuster franchise, UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.  With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Gifts Ideas: 7 Portable Wireless Gadgets by Canon

Are you shopping for some portable-wireless lifestyle gadgets as your Christmas gifts in this festive season? Check out the Christmas listing by Canon here!

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
This latest addition to Canon’s best-selling full-frame line boasts of brand new features such as the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, DPRAW, and 4K Movie Shooting. With these new state-of-the-art advancements, there is no doubt that your hand-sketched storyboards are sure to come to life.

A built-in GPS-system enables geo-tagging, in combination with calibration of photo capture times, budding film-makers can easily categorize videos and photos taken from their latest round-the-world shoot. The built-in Wi-Fi/NFC system also allows immediate sharing of photos with mobile devices.

This is the season of giving and if you’re feeling generous, there’s no better way to give your film-making friends a leg-up to the silver screen than with the EOS 5D Mark IV.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Pricing:
EOS 5D Mark IV (Body) S$5,199.00
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (EF 24 – 70 IS USM) S$6,249.00
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (EF 24 – 105 IS II USM) S$6,599.00

2. Canon EOS M5
The new, redesigned Canon EOS M5 packs a punch as a strong contender in the mirrorless market. It boasts of one of Canon’s most impressive features - the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This state-of-the-art function helps provide smooth and precise AF for photos and videos even while looking through the camera’s EVF.

The EOS M5 also shoots at a rate of 7fps with continuous AF and 9fps when focus is locked – perfect for capturing fast activity unfolding in the field. Additionally, the inclusion of the new Bluetooth Smart feature allows the camera to stay fully connected to a smartphone or tablet at low power consumption. Through the Canon Camera Connect application, remote shooting can be done using smart devices.

To top this off, user experience is enhanced through the full-time touchscreen feature, while still providing physical control points on the back of the camera. Also, the lightweight body and compact size of the EOS M5 makes it the ideal fuss-free camera for running from one news story to the next.

Canon EOS M5 Pricing:
EOS M5 (Body) S$1,669.00
EOS M5 Kit (EF-M15-45 IS STM) S$1,499.00
EOS M5 kit (EF M18-150mm) S$2,099.00

3. Canon RAYO i8
Measuring at just 111 x 111 x 17.2mm and weighing only 269g, the RAYO i8 mini projector fits easily into the back pocket of your jeans. With the ease of portability, presentation decks can be stored on smart devices and streamed directly via either Wired or Wireless networks.

Despite its tiny size, the RAYO i8 punches above its weight with its ability to enlarge content to a 158” image on any surface while delivering continuous brightness at 100 lumens. With a screen resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA) pixels, the RAYO i8 is not only great for business pitches, but also for binge-watching movies.

Top this off with up to 2 hours of run-time on a single charge and you know that this is the perfect gift for the budding entrepreneurs in your circle.

Pricing: S$749
4. Canon PIXMAMG5770
Instagram first, then print it! The Canon PIXMA MG5770 is the perfect present this Christmas for the New Age parent. Preloaded with PIXMA Cloud Link, the PIXMA MG5770 enables new parents to print photos of their cuddly toddlers straight from Instagram and other social media channels.

With the Wireless Direct function, users can connect their mobile devices to the printer directly without any of the usual hassle. In addition, the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY App also enables users to monitor ink level status and even setup cloud services remotely.

To add that final touch, utilize the 2-sided printing feature to organise your photos using creative layouts. These customised prints alone would make for great little holiday gifts on their own.

Pricing: S$169

5. Canon PIXMA TS8070
Available in black, red and brown, the PIXMA TS8070 is the wireless all-in-one printer for design conscious users. The sleek model not only blends seamlessly into home offices, but also takes up less space with footprints reduced by 25 percent.

Equipped with a six-colour hybrid ink system, the flagship printer delivers highest quality prints and documents amongst home printers in its class.Furthermore, the PIXMA TS8070 is perfect for printing photos and materials for craft-making. User experience is also improved through a brand new adjustable 4.3" colour touchscreen LCD panel.

Housing an array of productivity features while still retaining style and elegance, the PIXMA TS8070 is the obvious solution to those looking to keep their workspace attractive yet functional.

Pricing: S$299

6. Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
What happens when the photographer in you insists on documenting every part of your adventure, but needs as much luggage space free as possible for shopping?Here’s the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II to the proverbial rescue.

This compact camera features Canon’s new DIGIC 7 image processor that comes along with a 1.0-inch type CMOS sensor. When shooting under challenging lighting conditions, this improved feature is sure to enhance the look of photos and produce shots with a high apparent resolution.

The touchscreen, tilt-type LCD monitor can tilt 180 degrees upwards, and also 45 degrees downwards; solo travelers no longer need to worry about not being able to take the perfect selfie in front of the Eiffel Tower.

It’s high-performing and lightweight, and most importantly, fits snuggly into the chest pocket of your insulated jacket.

Pricing: S$799

7. Canon SELPHY CP1200
In an age of hyper-connectivity, a handwritten Christmas card is often better appreciated than an e-card. Available in white, black and pink, the Canon SELPHY CP1200 makes the perfect companion for individuals looking to create such experiences for their friends and families. For those who love experimenting, the CP1200 allows up to54 prints on a variety of layouts and sizes such as postcard prints.

The simple button layout easily allows both the young and young at heart to easily print their photos, which can be accessed from smart devices via Wi-Fi. With the optional battery pack, and applications that support Airprint, users are able to enjoy the portability of the CP1200 by printing from any location.

Weighing at only 860 grams, the SELPHY CP1200 can also double up as a travelling companion. Once back home, enabling the photo date feature allows users to reminisce their holiday memories when printing photos.

Pricing: S$199

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sweeten your Christmas celebration with Crowne Plaza Yule Log Cakes

Indulge the luxuriously sweet Christmas yule log cakes with Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in this December.

The Manjari Chocolate & Caramel Chestnut Yule Log Cake ($68+) is a rich, moist and incredibly decadent chocolate cake rolled up around a luscious and creamy caramel chestnut filling, and artfully crafted to resemble a log from an enchanted forest and garnished with seasonal decorations.

Bring a splash of festive colour to your Christmas table with the Red Velvet Yule Log with Wild Morello Cherries in Kirsch ($68+), which tastes absolutely divine and luxurious with the addition of delicious kirsch-soaked cherries and covered with rich cream cheese frosting.

To place an order for our Yuletide Takeaways, visit Lobby Lounge (1 - 25 December 2016), call +65 6823 5367, fax your order to +65 6823 5301 or email lobbylounge.cpca@ihg.com. Three working days will be required to prepare each order.

Last collection date for all Yuletide Takeaways is on 26 December 2016.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

15 highlight activities to Play, Eat and See with your Family and Friends at Christmas Wonderland 2016

Christmas Wonderland returns Singapore with more fun and spectacular this year at the Gardens by the Bay in this festive season. Double up the lively event grounds compared to last year, Christmas Wonderland 2016 will brings you into a magnificent magical forest of Christmas trees, featuring a series of new attractions and activities for you to have an enjoyable and memorable moments with your family or friends in this joyful December.

A fun-filled weekdays and weekends, the Christmas Wonderland event is suitable for all ages. Without further ado, let’s check out the 15 MUST-visit highlights activities at the Christmas Wonderland 2016:

1. Luminarie – Sculptures of Light
The Italian Luminarie by Namaste Europa SA are magnificent sculptures of light handmade by skilled craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy. This year’s design is based on the 17th and 18th century Baroque architecture.

2. Glass House by Harry's
A two-storey Glass House will feature an immersive dining experience by Harry’s. Diners can enjoy a festive meal while taking in the beautiful sights of the Spalliera Castel del Monte,majestic Supertrees and the Festive Market.

3. Hi-5 Funtastic House
Making its debut in Singapore, little ones can now immerse themselves in the ultimate Hi-5 experience. Fans of the Australian group can look forward to a host of fun activities in three distinct areas within the Hi-5 Funtastic House.

4. Visit the Brilliant Ice Palace
Visitors can look forward to an up-sized Ice Palace with more activities! Key highlights include a 400 sqm Ice Skating rink, an all-new Ice Slide and a 96 sqm Snow Playground (double the size of last year’s).

5. PAUL in Christmas ambiances
Delights your favourite dessert at PAUL restaurant located in the Ice Palace.

 6. Ice Slide
This Attraction is for all patrons. Patrons of height 0.9m and below must be accompanied by an adult. Both must have a valid ticket to enjoy the Attraction.
Tickets are sold on event grounds only.

7. Ice Skating Rink
This Attraction is for patrons aged 4 and above. Children who are of height 0.9m and below must be accompanied in the Ice Skating Rink by a parent/guardian at all times. The parent/guardian must purchase a separate ticket for entry to the Ice Skating Rink. It cost at S$18.00 per child/adult, for one 45-minute session (includes rental of ice skates).

8. Snow Playground for your lovely kids
Snow Playground – S$16.00 per child, for one 20-minute session (includes rental of snow boots) This Attraction is only for children between 2-12 years of age.

9. Carnival Rides Experience
A memorable experience for little ones and those young at heart! Rides start from $6.

10. Santa Cottage
Get lost in the Magical Forest as you meander your way past more than 100 Christmas trees (up to 4m tall) and look for Santa’s Cottage to meet Santa! Take a photo with him and bring home an exclusive Christmas Wonderland memento from $20.

11. Carnival Games at The Fairground 
Test your skills at some good old fashioned carnival games and win fun prizes!

12. Explore Gardens by the Bay via Christmas Train
Hop on the Christmas Train to explore the magical Christmas Wonderland in this December at the Gardens by the Bay.

13. Festive Market
Visitors can shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts and savour the amazing dining options atany of the 27 unique food and craft outlets at the European-style Festive Market.

14. Spalliera Castel del Monte
Featuring the largest Luminarie ever built in Southeast Asia, the Spalliera Castel del Monte is inspired by the 13th century castle in south east Italy - one of Italy’s most striking UNESCO site. At 19.8metre tall and 24metre wide, this year’s Spalliera is the highest ever. Revel in the wonder of ‘snow’ in the tropics with the daily Blizzard Time, set to enthral all ages.

15. Merry Medley floral display at Flower Dome
This year’s festive floral display will showcase well-loved poinsettias, amaryllis and Christmas roses alongside charming Yuletide scenes, while majestic conifer trees fill the air with their woody, evergreen scent.

The Christmas Wonderland will be opening from 2 December 2016 to 1 January 2017, from 3.30pm to 11pm daily. Unlike from the past 2 years, this year there will be an admission fee starting from $4, $6 and $8 into Christmas Wonderland.

Admission into Christmas Wonderland 2016:
$4 (2 to 8 December 2016)
$6 (9 to 15 December 2016)
$8 (16 December 2016 to 1 January 2017)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Usher Chinese New Year 2017 Fashion in style with ZALORA

As Chinese New Year approaches, it’s time to welcome 2017 and celebrate the year of the Rooster with a brand new look! With over 200 styles, ZALORA’s newly-launched Chinese New Year collection is set to embrace the modern romantics with its contemporary aesthetic featuring light, airy ruffles and flare sleeves.

Be fashion-ready for the upcoming Chinese New Year season with a touch of luck from this Crochet Lace Sheath Dress with its contrasting lace crochet embroidery against silky white underlay.

If pastel and soft tones are more of your thing, slip on this breezy Printed Wrap Maxi Dress that flatters any silhouette with its wrap design and V-neckline. Complete the festive look with glamorous gold strap heels and a clutch by Papilion Clutch with its shimmery finish to add sparkle to any outfit!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Get HOOQed on Singtel prepaid data plans to enhance your mobile experience

HOOQ is now available on Singtel. To celebrate its launch, Singtel is offering exciting prepaid data plan promotions designed to enhance customers’ mobile data experience.

As part of Singtel’s partnership with the video streaming service, Singtel prepaid customers who purchase any of the following eligible prepaid data plans will also be able to enjoy over 15,000 Filipino, Hindi and Tamil, and Indonesian movies and TV series:

  • 7-Day Value 1GB S$7 Data Plan
  • 30-Day Super 1GB S$10 Data Plan
  • 30-Day Super 3GB S$20 Data Plan
  • 30-Day Super 5GB S$30 Data Plan

Customers can purchase prepaid data plans via hi! Account (www.singtel.com/hi), *100# or *363 via Main Account Balance. More information on prepaid data plans and HOOQ can be found at www.singtel.com/prepaid.

Singtel postpaid, broadband and TV customers can look forward to exclusive HOOQ deals on Singtel’s video portal, Cast, in the first quarter of 2017.

Eden Park officially launch in Singapore at Takashimaya Orchard

Eden Park, luxury French brand co-founded by French rugby legend Frank Mesnel found its way to our shores and made its debut appearance on 22 November in Takashimaya Men’s department store!

Parked among various international labels in Takashimaya offering similar range of shirts, polos and tees, Eden Park is definitely up against some serious competition. Having its rugby roots from one of its co-founders, Eden Park offers trendy apparel from sporty chic to smart casual for the discerning men.



Tracking the latest fashion trends is no longer the exclusive traits of ladies coz guys have grown "vain" and mindful of their sense of style over the years. Muted colours and designs no longer dominate the men's wardrobe! With this fact, Eden Park’s iconic "Pink Bow" logo and its bright pastel coloured collection is all set to add some colour into the modern men's wardrobe and bring them out of their "colour safety zone"!

Anyone game to add some colours into your life? Cheers!

Eden Park Location Address:
Takashimaya Men’s Department @ Level 3
391A Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238873

About Eden Park
Eden Park is a French clothing brand created in 1987 by Franck Mesnel and his teammates, and it is the proud formal wear supplier to 5 successful European teams: England, Wales, Ireland, Italy and France.

The brand is always offering very comfortable articles, with a kind subtlety in the details which shades into elegance. This love of details has always been one of the Eden Park’s key characteristics, with its combination of nonchalance, boldness and discrepancy, right down into the smallest finishing, and for nearly 30 years has made it an unparalleled brand in the world of trendy chic. The appropriation of the sportswear touch, with jackets very prominent, can be seen right across the collection, with a multitude of details.

Eden Park has 395 French sales outlets and a presence in 90 outlets around the world including Italy, Spain, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Switzerland and Dubai. In the UK, there is one wholly owned shop, as well as four franchises and 11 independent concessions.





Guest writer: Wilfred Lam

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Insightful Japanese Pop Culture at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016

Anime Festival Asia (AFA) returns Singapore with more spectacular and insightful of Japanese Pop Culture and Anime exhibition located at the Suntec City Level 3 and 4 @ Convention Hall from 25th to 27th November 2016.

Into the 9th years of Anime Festival Asia in Singapore, this year event featured over 130 Exhibitors with 200 booths of exclusive merchandise, content, showcases. Visitors can look forward to a lively weekends with several of line-up action packed programme, including of experience the interactive zones as well as photo opportunity with your favourite Cosplayers and Japanese artistes. Let’s check out some of the highlights I have picked at this year AFA 2016 event:


Cosplayers at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016
Look out for the passionate Cosplayers with fashionista costumes and grab your photography opportunity with them at the Suntec City level 3 and 4.


Purchase exclusive merchandise from Japan
Fans and collectors can purchase the original merchandise direct from Japan, including merchandise exclusive to the festival, will be available for savvy shoppers.

Wakuwaku Japan with Mr PPAP - Piko-taro
Are you crazy about the PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)? Yes! In this year Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016 exhibition, you may challenge your fashions style with the PPAP guy at the Wakuwaku Japan booth. Is FOC!


Sword Art Online Interactive Zone and Marketplace
Anime Fans and visitors can look forward to immersive experiences at various experience zones, including a Sword Art Online centric exhibition booth that showcases artwork and animation cuts of all seasons of this beloved series.

Kawaii hands on experience at the NHK World Booth
One of the highlight at the NHK World booth is the TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE project lead by Japanese fashion artists – Mr Sebastian Masuda. Visitors can create their own kawaii inspired message for the future, make their own kawaii objects, or bring their own items to include in the public art project.

The TIME AFTER TIME CAPSULE aims to cover 10 cities before ultimately heading to its final destination, Tokyo, where the art works from around the world will be displayed together in Tokyo 2020.


Sebastian Masuda and Tokyo Performance Domo
Tokyo Performance Domo Presented by NHK World
Are you a fan of Domo? If yes, here is your golden opportunity to meet the members from Domo at this year Anime Festival Asia 2016 in Singapore. Check out and learn the Kawaii Domobics workout dance at the AFA main stage and NHK World booth in this weekend!

Meet the Japanese celebrity Cosplayer, Enako in person
Meet the Kawaii celebrity Cosplayer, Enako at AFA Singapore 2016 at the SAO booth (on Saturday) and Akiba stage (On Sunday). Here is your chance to get photograph with her as well as her autography too.

Pokemon SG RUN Registration booth at AFA SG 2016
To all Pokemon Fans! Have you registered the Singapore first’ Pokemon RUN which will be happening next year January? Well, you may do so at the AFA exhibition this weekend. See you next year at the Pokemon SG Run!

Pokemon GO Trainer Get to Redeem a free gift
Suntec Convention & Exhibition Center will be giving away prizes to Pokemon Go trainers during AFA Singapore 2016! Catch a Pokemon in the area and win! Location of redemption counter: Level 3 Concierge desk of Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Redemption counter operating hours: 10am – 7pm. Redemption of prizes while stocks last.

Exquisite Anime Figure displays at AFA SG 2016
Check out a range of exquisite Anime Figure displays at the AFA Singapore 2016 exhibition.


Power-packed Performances by Anisong Legends and New Artistes
Concert lovers can look forward to 12 artistes and artiste groups over the three-day concert series. Six returning Anisong legends (T.M.Revolution, JAM Project, HoneyWorks / CHiCO with HoneyWorks, Aimer, KOTOKO, and May’n), will be joined by six new additions (HOME MADE KAZOKU, Minori Chihara, Ami Wajima, Alisa Takigawa, Konomi Suzuki and Wake Up, Girls!) on stage.

The Anime Festival Asia 2016 tickets pricing from S$13 per day for Exhibition-only access, and limited tickets can be purchased on-site. For more information on the AFA festival, please visit: www.animefestival.asia and www.facebook.com/animefestivalasia.

Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2016
Dates: 25 – 27 November 2016
Location: Suntec City Convention and Exhibition Centre (Levels 3 & 4)
Exhibition Timing:
Friday & Saturday: 9.30 am ~ 8pm
Sunday: 9.30 am ~ 7pm
 
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