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Friday, March 31, 2017

Singapore-Malaysia version: Laugh out loud with Goodbye Mr. Loser (令伯特烦恼) Movie

Given a chance travelling back to the past, what will you want to be again? Goodbye Mr. Loser, is a remake comedy film of the Chinese sleeper hit of the same title (夏洛特烦恼), directed by Malaysia Director Adrian Teh (郑建国) and lead cast by Ian Fang (方伟杰), Hoon Mei Sim (云镁鑫) and Anjoe Koh (许愫恩).

It wasn’t an easy task to remake a movie especially when it was originally well-known in mainland China. Comparing the previous (夏洛特烦恼) and the current (令伯特烦恼), although the both story concept were the same but one thing had caught my attention was the actors acting expression and their humor chat in the movie. I would give director Adrian Teh a thumb up for picking the right casts to showcase in Goodbye Mr. Loser movie.

Well, spending time watching the Goodbye Mr. Loser (令伯特烦恼) movie with friends will definitely give you a good laugh out loud in the theatre. For more, do look out for the Asia superstar (as a special guest appearance) in the movie. Overall, I like how this film is being re-produced with the fresh young faces, as well as the cinematography complement well with the Chinese-pop music too. I rate Goodbye Mr. Loser (令伯特烦恼) movie: 3.5/5 star.

Goodbye Mr. Loser (令伯特烦恼) Movie Synopsis:
Yi Bai, a middle-aged nobody with a lot of regrets attended the wedding of Xiao Wei, his high school crush. He got drunk and made a fool of his wife. Angry, she chased him with a knife, forcing Yi Bai to hide in the washroom. When he emerged, he found himself in another dimension – he travelled back in time to 1999!

Yi Bai is a high school student again and he can re-live his life, allowing him to fix any mistakes he made and achieve all the fame and success he missed out on the first time around. He records hit songs long before the original artists and makes lots of money, but the more successful he becomes, the more he realizes that people around him are just making use of him and his wealth. Will he find anyone who is truly genuine?



Meet & Greet Pikachu at NEX Shopping Mall this weekend

For Pokemon lovers and families, who are looking for fun activities for your littles ones! Make your way down to the ISETAN Sakura Matsuri fair located at NEX Shopping Mall this weekend (1 April – 2 April 2017).

To add on, while the kids will get a chance to meet & greet with Pikachu, the entire family can celebrate spring in style at NEX with exclusive cherry blossom inspired goodies and popular Japanese street snacks!

For those who want to capture these special memories with a traditional Japanese family portrait, you’re in luck! Just spend $80* at the ISETAN Sakura Matsuri fair from 28 March to 9 April to enjoy a free traditional Japanese family photo taking opportunity in yukata from 1:30pm to 6:00pm.

Click here for more information about ISETAN Sakura Matsuri 2017.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Food Review: Classy and Contemporary Oriental Cuisine at VLV Restaurant

With an array of dining options and watering holes, one must be spoilt for choices when spending an evening at Clarke Quay. Fortunately, new kid on the block VLV stands out among its many competitors with its multi-dining concept – the Restaurant, Club Lounge, and its al-fresco Courtyard by the riverside.

Located at the two-story heritage building (formerly occupied by Indochine) right beside the central fountain square, it is difficult to miss its traditional yet contemporary architecture. VLV specializes in Chinese cuisine with Western influences - as you can immediately tell from its majestic and well-designed exterior. Upon entering the restaurant, dim warm lights coupled with stylish furnishing and ambient electro-pop music tops it all with a modern touch of class.

We were invited to have a taste of their “Tasting Dinner Set” ($68++ per person) which comprises a few of their signature dishes such as the Kagoshima Kurobuta Char Siew and Crackling Pork Belly. This 8-course set serves in individual portions, dismissing the issue of shared or uneven portions.

Each table is greeted with a “surprisestarter which changes daily, a gesture initiated by Chef Martin himself. Ours was the Charcoal Tou Fu (found in the vegetarian menu) served on a cute wooden spoon which made it easy to eat. The Tou Fu had good texture with a nice savory taste.

The Trio Appetizer consists of Crackling Pork Belly, Kagoshima Kurobuta Char Siew, and Crab Meat Salsa with Charcoal Bread. The two pieces of pork belly are served with mustard and spicy miso sauce each. Do not be fooled by the tiny drip of the sauces as they explode with flavor once placed in your mouth. The meat is lean and the skin is crispy, just as its name suggests. The Kagoshima Kurobuta Char Siew is prepared with less sugar and made even healthier with the accompaniment of fermented black beans. Although sweet enough, the meat was too fatty for my liking which made it slightly challenging to chew on it. The Crab Meat Salsa had a nice blend of sweet and sour while the Charcoal Bread provides a crisp layer with buttery undertones.

We were also fortunate enough to enjoy their signature Peking Duck ($55 for half, $110 for whole, not included in dinner set) served in two different ways. Firstly, the usual preparation of wrapping the duck skin with crispy beancurd skin - except that Truffle Foie Gras sauce is used alongside avocado slices which made the Chinese gourmet delicacy truly original to VLV. There is also the house made Goma Hoisin Sauce as a condiment to go along with. The duck skin was satisfyingly crispy in the wrap, although I was a tad disappointed that the Truffle Foie Gras sauce did not wow us as much.

The remaining duck was served as Spicy Duck Cones, which did amuse us with its theatrical presentation (dry ice) that is totally Instagram-worthy. This unique creation is noteworthy with the nice combination of sweet, mildly spicy, savory, and crispy texture - perhaps more impressive for those who like the unconventional.

Next up, we had the Poached Ocean Fish with Fresh Sichuan Peppercorn in Clear Soup. I almost forgot about the latter part of the dish due to its clear base when I took my first spoonful and nearly flinched when the pepper took effect instantly. For someone who does not really take spice, the soup was too pepper-ish for me. The fish however, was extremely fresh and almost melts upon chewing it. This dish would perhaps be most comforting when it is cold outside or when you are feeling under the weather. Plus, you will never have to worry about your soup turning cold.

The Mint Lychee Sorbet brought a much needed respite right after the peppery soup. It does a fantastic job not only as a palate cleanser but as an aesthetic treat for the eyes. I like that it is presented in an iced shot glass, which ensures the cooling and refreshing element of the dish. Personally, this is one of my favorites from the dinner set. The only disappointment was that the ice glass was not bigger.

Another personal favorite from the set is the Steamed Lobster with Egg White and Bonito. This is actually Chef Martin’s signature cooking style for seafood, which means that you can also have your crabs prepared this way. The half-lobster was sweet, succulent, and full of umami. The Bonito flakes not only complement well with the egg white but also elevate the sweetness of the crustacean. There is no guessing why this dish reminds me of the familiar Japanese Chawanmushi, except with premium quality seafood.

We moved on to the main dish of the dinner set - Roasted Pork Belly Braised Noodle with XO Sauce. Unlike the appetizer, the pork belly was slice into tiny bits, which allowed the pieces to absorb the XO sauce and to accompany every spoonful of the springy noodles. I felt that the sauce was too strong, with the XO overpowering the taste of the pork belly. Not the best dish of the night, but still worth a try.

Finally, we made it to the dessert. By this point, our stomachs were stuffed with oriental goodness. Thankfully, the Egg Waffles with Berries & Black Sesame Ice Cream came in a portion just right for indulging while not risking our buttons bursting. The waffle was sweet and fluffy. What I particularly liked was the added crumbs that gave a crunchy texture along with the ice cream. What a way to wrap up this great dinner set.

Overall, the 8-course dinner set did showcase VLV’s consistency in delivering luxurious oriental delights. While the pricing may be a little steep, their extensive menu does provide some value sets, such as the “Tasting” lunch set at $98++ for four.

VLV still has plenty to offer with their Club Lounge and Courtyard for those who would rather opt for a party or chill-out session while keeping it classy. It is definitely the new place to be for a great night at Clarke Quay.

P.S. I assume some of you would be wondering what VLV stands for. Well, too bad we did not receive an answer for that. But if I have my take, it will certainly be Value, Luxury, and Versatility.

VLV Singapore Location Address:
3A Merchant’s Court, River Valley Road, #01-02, Singapore 179020

Operating hours: Daily (Lunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm), (Dinner 6.00pm – 11.00pm)
Contact: +65 6661 0197
Reservations: reservation@vlv.life




Editor: Jeremy Quek

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5D4N Taiwan Trip: Brilliant Sunset shines across Tamsui (淡水) Taipei

Located on the same line (RED), my friend and I took a MRT from XinBeitou station and alight at the Tamsui Station. We exit the MRT station and turn right to reach our destination. Welcome to Tamsui (淡水 - Danshui), one of my favourite place nestled in the northern part of Taipei city. It is definitely a must-visit attraction places for all visitors in Taipei.

‘Simplicity’ and ‘Lovely’ are the best to describe my moment in Tamsui district. It was a windy evening in Tamsui, my friend and I took a stroll along the Tamsui waterfront to enjoy the sea breeze while waiting for the sun to set. PS: We reached one hour earlier before the sunset timing.


Took a photo at the Tamsui River
The sunset timing in Tamsui, Taipei was at 5pm (during cold season). I was stunned by the brilliant sunset shines across the Tamsui waterfront toward the Tamsui old street. As a sunset lover, it was a golden opportunity for me to Photoshoot the amazing sunset landscape. Really love it! *Do check out here for the sunrise and sunset timing in Taipei.*

"Every sunset is an opportunity to reset."


Popular location for sunset viewing in Tamsui, Taipei.
So what to do besides catching the magnificent sunset in Tamsui (Danshui)waterfront? Well, visitors can enjoy the traditional cultural performances along the street of Tamsui and at the same time shopping at the souvenir shops, having little fun at the carnival games stall and delight-in the Taiwan Xiaochi snacks along the Tamsui Old Street (淡水老街).


We call it a day at Tamsui (淡水), Taipei!

Direction to the Tamsui Waterfront, Taipei (台北淡水景点)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town Launches Sweetest Show in Malaysia Johor Bahru

Sanrio Hello Kitty Town launches the “Candy Parade”, a new interactive Hello Kitty show featuring an exciting choreography that promises a sweet experience for all visitors to the theme park.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a series of entertaining medley of music, dance and candy carts in this full 25-minute show featuring Hello Kitty and friends in an entirely original piece incorporating the use of roller blades and hover boards.

In concurrence with the new show, Sanrio Hello Kitty Town will also feature a new activity in Friendship Land play zone called ‘Colourful Friendship Quest’ where children aged 3 to 6 years old can participate and win prizes.

The attraction also celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Cinnamoroll - one of Sanrio’s favourite characters, by providing limited-time only Cinnamoroll activities and promotions at the Wishful Studio, Dream Photo Garden and Cinnamoroll Café from March till June 2017.

Johor residents get to enjoy‘All Park Pass tickets’ at the special offer priced at RM65, for the admission to SANRIO HELLO KITTY TOWN and Thomas Town, Puteri Harbour throughout this year.

Do click here for more information about the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.





Photo credit: Sanrio Hello Kitty Town

Friday, March 24, 2017

Solidifies partnership between Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso kick off the 2017 Formula 1 season

Acronis is proud to support Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One team in 2017, as it puts its fastest and the most innovative racing car, STR12, through the paces at the first race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

Here are the 3 success partnership between Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso:
- Acronis Backup 12 — #1 Backup for Small Business
The partnership between the two companies began in July 2016 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Scuderia Toro Rosso became a launch partner of Acronis Backup 12. The product has been well-accepted and delivered over 40% growth in adoption in over the last eight months. Acronis Backup 12 is the most complete data protection solution available to small businesses today, supporting 16 different platforms, protecting all business data — servers, workstations, virtual machines and public cloud workloads such as Microsoft Office 365.

An extended version of this product, Acronis Backup 12 Advanced, is scheduled for release in Q2 2017. The new edition will support a number of advanced features, including Acronis Active Protection against ransomware, Acronis Notary™ blockchain-based data verification, Acronis ASign™ blockchain-based document signing, SAN storage snapshots, smart alerting and reporting, roles and delegation capability, and off-host backup processing.

- Acronis Backup Cloud — #1 Backup for Service Providers
Acronis Backup Cloud business is going through an explosive growth, far exceeding the 18% public cloud services market growth rate forecasted by Gartner for 2017: more than 15,000 devices were added in the last 30 days alone; over 100% YoY growth in bookings; seven-fold YoY growth in cloud storage. Service providers are in a prime position to protect their customers’ data and build their business with Acronis’ support and innovative technology.

- Acronis Storage — #1 Software Defined Storage Solution
Acronis Storage universal software-defined storage solution for cold and hot data turning commodity hardware, is a perfect companion for Acronis Backup Cloud. Acronis Storage beats the competition in price and technology, providing easy management and data storage reliability for backup, file sync and share, and any other application data. ESG Lab has validated Acronis Storage to be up to 20x faster than the competition and as much as one-sixth of the cost of either traditional in-house storage or public cloud storage.

Acronis Racing Weekends
To promote best practices and encourage innovation, Acronis will continue holding Acronis Racing Weekends alongside Formula One Grand Prix in key regions around the world. This year Acronis will introduce a new format that will turn these events into a fountain of great ideas, innovation, and networking opportunities. Additional details will be announced separately at a later stage.

More information about Acronis data protection and storage technology: http://www.acronis.com/
Scuderia Toro Rosso official website: http://www.scuderiatororosso.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Exclusively for Men: Dekke Hud Skincare boost your skin to the next beauty level

Finding a suitable face mask to improve your skin to the next level of beauty? Introducing the products from San Francisco - The Dekke Hud Bio Cellulose Mask skincare products that designed exclusively for men to solve the unnecessary face problems.

The material of the mask Dekke Hud use, the Bio Cellulose, was first used and still being used now in the Medical field to treat burns and wounds. It doesn't do such magic when it comes to skincare due to different ingredients used and functionalities of the materials.

There are 3 type of effective skincare mask can be found on Dekke Hud - ‘Skin Revitalization Mask’ which helps to revitalize and heal damaged skin , ‘ALL Day Moisturizing Mask’ helps to moisturize and hydrate your dry skin and ‘ALL Day Oil Control Mask’, a mask that control your oily skin.

My verdict:
Thank you Dekke Hud for the all-in-one face mask products. I have tried all 3 types of skincare mask by Dekke Hud and I personally like the ‘ALL Day Moisturizing Mask’. It comes with the Anti-inflammatory properties which helps to heal and soothe my dry skin with the immediate effect after 15 minutes.

The non-rinse moisturizing mask is rich in Shea Butter which contains rich Vitamin A, E, F, anti-oxidants, omega-6 and other essential ingredients. Hence, I felt my gentle skin smoother and refreshing and getting more youthful after applying it. The moisturizing mask is suitable for all skin types and it is definitely a recommended mask for all men.

For men who are interested in the Dekke Hud Skincare masks, you may now able to purchase at their official website, offering FREE shipping service to U.S.A and Singapore. Start maintaining your skin now with Dekke Hud! Cheers!


Monday, March 20, 2017

Celebrating the 80 Years of Great Mornings with all 4 MAGNOLIA Vintage Mug

Milk is often touted as a super beverage for many good reasons. It is an excellent source of Calcium that is essential for optimal bone health. Milk is also complete food with protein, essential minerals, such as magnesium, zinc and potassium and vitamins, such as Vitamins A and B.

Join in the celebrations of MAGNOLIA 80th Anniversary this year! Consumers can redeem one out of 4 available MAGNOLIA Vintage Mug designs with every purchase of two 1L packs or one 2L bottle of MAGNOLIA Fresh Milk, or two bottles of MAGNOLIA Yoghurt Smoothie (800ml).

Redemption is available till 31 March 2017, only while stocks last, at supermarkets, hypermarkets and participating convenience stores and provision stores.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

5D4N Taiwan Trip: Surreal landscape at the Beitou Thermal Valley (地熱谷) Hot Springs

Let’s continue to explore the attraction landscapes in Taiwan. Welcome to the northern side of Taipei, we took a train from Nanjing Fuxing and arrived at the Xinbeitou Station and make our way to visit the Xinbeitou Hot Springs (新北投温泉区) and the Beitou Thermal Valley (地熱谷), a spectacular hot springs area where you feel warm and surreal.

The Xinbeitou Hot Spring zone and Thermal Valley are the tourist attraction places in Taipei and both are located about 10 to 15 minutes walking distance away from the Xinbeitou station.  We followed the guide map provided on the street and arrived at the Beitou Thermal Valley (地熱谷), aka also well-known as Hell Valley.


Information Map to Beitou Thermal Valley
There is no entrance fee require to visit the Beitou Thermal Valley, it opens from 9am to 5pm daily and closed on every Monday.



Photo opportunity with my friend at the Beitou Thermal Valley (地熱谷)
Likewise visitors or couples can enjoy watching the water bubble and the steamy mists along the thermal valley park. Do note that, if you accidentally drop into the thermal valley, you are probably 99% dead, because the water at the Thermal Valley are at a constant temperature near 100 degree Celsius.


Surreal moment

Beautiful rainbow welcome the kids along the path of Thermal Valley


Warning sign to all visitors!

OOTD at the Thermal Valley (地熱谷)
My friend and I had a surreal afternoon at the Beitou Thermal Valley. Hence, all visitors in Beitou are encourage to visit the Beitou Hot Springs Museum (北投温泉博物馆) to learn more about the hot springs history and cultures nestled in Xinbeitou. Admission is free!


We call it a day at Xinbeitou (新北投)!

Direction to the Beitou Thermal Valley (地熱谷)
 
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