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11 Sep 2017

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM


Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM has started and I still could not believe myself being seated on the second row, smacked right in the middle of the Esplanade Concert Hall! I was one of the fortunate few to be invited by DBS as a SPARKS fan.

Just a short recap, SPARKS is a mini series of episodes by DBS that is inspired by true stories, featuring a group of young bankers as they navigate work and personal lives. They challenged the status quo and went beyond when solving unusual client challenges. (You may want to also check out my previous when DBS launches SPARK episode 6 at DBS Asia X). 

The 7th episode has been up and running and in this latest episode, Sparks saw an all Singapore cast including Jaime Teo, Daren Tan, Noorlinah Mohamed and of course Nathan Hartono whom was one of the singers, together with Benjamin Kheng, Tabitha Nauser, Inch Chua and Andrew Marko performing that night! 

Besides the obvious beautiful voices of these 5 talented individuals, they definitely synchronised well while performing as a group. The zest and tons of humour they incorporated into their performance kept the audience wild and hyper! The funniest segment of the performance was when Nathan Hartono and Andrew Marko had a duet, singing out lyrics formed using "bad day" scenerios shouted out by the audience. Hmm, I should have shouted out something challenging for them!

That night ended with me and my friend getting the opportunity to take photos with the 5 stars singers. It was a thrilling experience for me since I hardly get the chance to be star struck!
Thank you DBS for the invite!  
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Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM

Pangdemonium’s Fundraiser Concert - THE JAM


6 Sep 2017

Authentic Peranakan Food at The Peranakan - Singapore


Peranakan cuisine is probably one of the lesser known cuisine in Singapore and The Peranakan, an under rated restaurant that resides along Orchard Road, not only introduces its food but along with its culture as well. From the beautifully furnished interiors to the decorative ornaments to utensils and dining wares, I got the chance to immense myself and experience the peranakan culture with a group of friends!

Since it was a group dinner, we had the privilege to try out many of the popular ala carte dishes as well as the Tok Panjang Feast (Min. 2 persons to share). Tok Panjang refers to a feast laid out along a long table, specially prepared for special guests.

I heaved a sign of relief as I scanned through the spammed amount of images I took. The lighting was dim as compared to lunch timing but that doesn't compromise my photos clarity! 

We started off with Bak Wan Kepiting, a light and clear broth of subtle sweetness, with crabmeat, pork and prawn balls that has a nice bite. Itik Tem on the other hand was much stronger in taste, saltier due to the salted vegetables, with tender steamed duck and sour plum. 

The Kueh Pai Tee was DIY your own fillings with stewed turnip, condiments or topped with a prawn in crisp Top Hats. Loving how the turnip wasn't at all soggy. Prawn Ngoh Hiang would definitely be a popular option with kids and adults alike with its crisp skin, diced water chestnut and meaty fillings of pork and prawns. The Nasi Ulam was perhaps one of those interesting dishes that has a acquired taste. A rice dish of raw herbs, vegetables, minced and salted fish which is difficult for me to describe.

Moment of revelation that my 3 favourite dishes that night were actually the meat dishes. Not that the vegetables did not fare well but personal preference for guys would usually be the meat.
Ayam Buah Keluak was a dish that took at least 3 days of soaking to wash off the poisonous volcanic ashes from the Buah Keluak nuts originated in Indonesia. The nut itself was bitter and tasted almost like dark chocolate of about 85% cocoa. The dish's gravy itself was rich in flavor that the tender chicken had partially absorbed, perfect with rice.
Satay Babi was not your usual satay with skewers. It was slices of pork belly with melt-in-your-mouth fats, coated with sweet and chunky peanut sauce. Another dish that has gravy perfect with rice!
Beef Rendang was an addiction for me. I couldn't help but to refrain myself from taking too much since the beef was surprising tender and the spices were well balanced. I liked how it was a 'dry' dish that has moisture within. I was lucky enough to have eaten the tendon as well!

Other dishes not mentioned were also fresh and delicious in their own ways, just that I have listed my individual preferences. The meal ended off with Chef’s Dessert Platter with my favourite dessert being the homemade pineapple tart that was not so sweet. Not forgetting the fluffy Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle that everyone loved!

Thank you Chef Raymond for hosting and explaining about the dishes and it was definitely great catching up with other blogger friends over a great Peranakan meal!


442 Orchard Road
Level 2 Claymore Connect
Singapore 238879

Bak Wan Kepiting
Bak Wan Kepiting (shown above) or Itik Tem

Kueh Pai Tee
Kueh Pai Tee

Prawn Ngoh Hiang
Prawn Ngoh Hiang

Nasi Ulam
Nasi Ulam

Ayam Buah Keluak
Ayam Buah Keluak

Chap Chye
Chap Chye

Ayam Goreng Ketumbar
Ayam Goreng Ketumbar

Satay Babi
Satay Babi

Ikan Goreng with Kichap Manis
Ikan Goreng with Kichap Manis

Beef Rendang
Beef Rendang

Sotong Masak Asam
Sotong Masak Asam

Terung Chinchalok
Terung Chinchalok

Chef’s Dessert Platter
Chef’s Dessert Platter


Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle
Pandan Chiffon Cake with Gula Melaka Drizzle

31 Aug 2017

The Nutcracker - A Magical Extravaganza Theatrical Performance Review

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

As the lights went off while the curtains went up, I was already seated at the edge of my seat, excitedly waiting for the performance to begin. I was least expecting Lawrence to make a grand magical appearance on stage which signalled the commencement of "The Nutcracker".

For those who might not have known, "The Nutcracker" is an old Christmas classic tale of a young girl's favourite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, came alive and after defeating the evil rat king in battle, brought her to a magical kingdom populated by dolls.

Jointly produced and presented with a twist from the original "The Nutcracker" by Gateway Entertainment and P'art 1 Design, this magical theatrical production has incorporated countless world-class illusions, known as magic in layman or kiddy terms. With the performance performed by award-winning Lawrance Khong and his daughter Priscilla Khong, together with an international dance troupe of 14 dancers and supported by over 50 backstage crew. No wonder the show had such an excellent and smooth flow of scenarios. 

Basically throughout the entire performance, there were almost no narration or dialogue except for maybe a brief introduction by Lawrance. Despite that fact, I could still easily understand and interpret the storyline through the professional acting of the performers. Their facial expressions, movements as well as the multiple dances performed kept me leaning over the edge of my seat since I was seated nearer to the back of the theatre.

My senses were overwhelmed in a positive aspect by the digital screen, an unconventional technological backdrop that displayed special 3D effects and laser-like lights that dances with the rhythm as well as for dramatic enhancement. Not forgetting a running scene where projection was used for a hyper reality effect that kept audiences in awe. Smoke was also incorporated close to the end of the performance.  

Elaborated props and colourfully designed costumes definitely deserved a thumbs up as well as such elements added to the overall visual of the performance. I could still remember my fascination as performers appear on stage, each with a totally different yet coherent style of costumes, scenes after scenes. I wouldn't mind wearing such nice costumes as well too! I went "OMG' when a realistic structure of a massive branch slowly descended from above. A rhetorical question of how on earth and how much effort and time was needed to make that? I exited my thinking cloud as I preferred to continue enjoying the performance since that particular scene reminded me of the movie "Monster, Inc".

Tempted to go on and on describing every detail from the different scenarios to the breath taking magic performance but I would never want to spoil surprises. Do take a look at their website and tickets are available to be purchased on https://nutcracker.gateway.sg/.

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

The Nutcracker - A Spectacular Magic Extravaganza

Thank you Gateway Entertainment and Affluence PR for the magical invite!

21 Aug 2017

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System Review

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Maintaining my oral hygiene and keeping my teeth white is definitely a dread for me. Although I hardly drink coffee or alcohol, tea was the main culprit that stained me teeth and it has unknowingly became my habit to order 'teh ping' (ice tea) at least 3 times a week.

Brighttonix has recently launched the Y10 system which is a procedure that provides immediate results in teeth whitening as well as oral cavity rejuvenation. Nowadays, results are what everyone would expect to see. The earlier and more obvious the results are, the better.

My experience with Brighttonix began with the comparison of my current teeth shade to a scale of teeth shades from 1 to 29 as shown in the picture below. Mine falls under 11 despite the fact that I did scaling at the dentist just a week before. 

I was then led to a sofa beside a pretty portable I-pad looking system with an attached disposable mouthpiece. With an initial shade and P3 (30 mins) preset selected, the nurse proceeded on to remove the plastic packaging of the mouthpiece. A special bright blue toothpaste was then squeezed along the groove of the top as well as the underside. I was asked to bite onto the mouthpiece before the timer started running in percentage.

The toothpaste was minty and completely edible as explained by the nurse. I guess that swallowing the toothpaste was one of the primary concerns that people would question. At first, like everyone else, I was a bit hesitant to swallow even the slightest bit of saliva that formed in my mouth. I ended up just swallowing it since it was safe to do so or it would ended up overflowing from my mouth.

So what exactly does this Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System does?

It employs low power radio frequency (RF) technology that would remove stains from teeth enamel within that single session of 30 mins time frame. Think about the constant vibration that would occur between the Y10 toothpaste and the stains of your teeth at the molecule level. This collision and separation occur about 7 million times per seconds, resulting in stains being pulled out and leaving whiter teeth.

Thankfully it was only 30 mins since I get bored easily while fiddling with my phone.

This treatment is considered safer since it was painless, pleasant and do not have any post-treatment side effects at all. Best reward of all would be able to see instant results from a single session of Brighttonix Mouth Rejuvenation treatment. I have witnessed other influencers who did their treatment during the media launch and their teeth went a few shades whiter, leaving them a wide smile on their faces!

The treatment ended with me gargling my mouth and once again comparing my teeth against the scale. My teeth actually went a shade whiter from 11 to 9 even though I did scaling just a week before!

Who wouldn't want to smile in front of the camera with whiter teeth?


Centre for Cosmetic Rejuvenation & Surgery

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Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

Brighttonix Y10 Mouth Rejuvenation System

12 Aug 2017

World of Bird Nest Museum Trip at D'Kranji Farm Resort


World of Bird Nest Museum

It was my first time heading all the way to D'Kranji Farm Resort early in the morning when I could have just lie in bed lazing my morning away. That day was a trip specially catered to bloggers and instagrammers, people who are keen to spread the word that a Birdnest Museum does exist in some ulu part of Singapore.   

There is this bus called the Kranji Countryside Express bus that runs daily from Kranji MRT station to D'Kranji Farm Resort (World of Birdnest Museum). Including public holidays.
Round trip costing $3 per adults while children and senior citizen would cost $1 per pax.

Take a look at the short video I edited to find out about the event happenings that day!

Bus schedule:
From Kranji MRT to D'Kranji Farm Resort:
8.30am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 4.00pm, 5.45pm


From D'Kranji Farm Resort to Kranji MRT:
9.10am, 10.35am, 12.35pm, 14.05pm, 15.35pm, 17.20pm, 18.35pm
    

World of Bird Nest Museum