About Mount Huashan   When Jing and I heard we were going to Xi’an, there was only one thing on our minds. It was to get to Mount Hua and cross the world’s most dangerous trail on a mountain. Alright, make that two things - Jing also had her mind set on visiting the UNESCO Terra Cotta Warriors. We were exhilarated, extremely eager to tick two things off our travel bucket list.  Mount Hua, located 120km (75 miles) from Xi’an City, is one of the five tallest mountains in China, standing at 2155m above sea level. The Sparrow Hawk Cliff in...
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Xi'An - The birthplace of 5000 years of Chinese history   If you’re like me, always lost on cultural references and history trivia, this will be the not-so-comprehensive-but-good-enough guide for you. Let this be your part of your arsenal whenever someone in your group thinks it’s fun to talk about China and her past emperors. Who has the time to remember all 26 dynasties and the even crazier amounts of monarchs who ruled during that period?  Embark with me as I traverse 5000 years in a day and regale you with Emperor Qin’s fixation with the Terracotta Warriors, Emperor Tang’s love...
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About The Disgruntled Chef   The Disgruntled Chef is a cosy restaurant tucked away in the food haven of Dempsey Hill. Started by executive chef Daniel Sia 4 years ago, The Disgruntled Chef still remains the talk of the town with its excellent service and high quality food and drinks.  They have revamped their menu again with the help of new head chef Jac Lim, with the introduction of brand new Turkish, Melbourne and French-inspired flavors. The new “Small Plate” and “Big Plate” format is cleaner and more attractive, but they still retain most of their mainstay recipes such as the...
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The First Marine Park in Singapore   When the National Parks Board (NParks) announced in July 2014 the designation of the Sisters' Islands as Singapore's 1st Marine Park, I had mixed feelings. I was delighted that nature-lovers have, for once, triumphed - nature was finally allowed to flourish in close proximity to us urbanized folk.  On the other hand, I was weary of the fact that most of our children would rather be glued to their smartphones or tablets than look up and breathe in the wonders nature have to offer. Regardless, it's heartwarming to know nature is alive and well within...
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About The Boiler   Spacious, delish and down-to-earth, The Boiler was conceptualised by a groups of bankers turned restaurateurs inspired by the rich Cajun culture in LA. Have a taste of what they mastered from the South, as you get your fingers saturated on Louisiana styled creations right here in Singapore. Expect an earnest team that focuses on  delivering a customer orientated menu and a good meal. There aren't any table placemats here because most of the food comes delivered in seafood bags. So instead, the entire table is covered in a disposable type of wrapping paper. Bathed in goodness and...
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About Open Door Policy   Open Door Policy (ODP) is well-known as one of the pioneer eateries in Tiong Bahru before the whole cafe craze swept through this neighbourhood. The dark lights and modern interior decor gave the restaurant an intimate setting that would be lovely for a Saturday date night or even a quiet family dinner.  It was my first time eating at ODP and having heard raving reviews from my friends, I was extremely excited to try the food there. Just the mere description of how the juice would ooze out of every bite of their Wagyu burger made...
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About The Nail Artelier    My nails after the session! The Nail Artelier has spent the last year catering to hipsters in Haji Lane with its quirky nail art designs and creative staff. This popular nail joint has been frequented by several local celebrities and featured in numerous magazines including Female and Her World for their exquisite nail art and customizable designs. All their nailists are certified by The Pink Room International Nail Academy and have ample experience in nail art.  Their latest move to North Bridge Road is merely a few shops away from their old location at Haji Lane...
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UOB’s ‘Are you Travel Savvy’ LIVE Show   Last Friday, on the 5th of September, UOB hosted a LIVE version of their newly launched ‘Are you Travel Savvy’ Online Game at the UOB Plaza from 12 to 2pm. This was to acquaint the public with their new game, and drum up some publicity for their enhanced travel insurance, Insure & Travel Enhanced Plan. There was a good participation response from the general public in the game show on stage that day as each participant walked away with free Insure and Travel Enhanced Single Trip Plan distributed by UOB. In addition, the...
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Where to Find Free Flow Food   I have a love-hate relationship with buffets. The good ones are often overpriced and the cheap ones hardly serve food worth stuffing your face for. Overeating is almost obligatory when you pay for a buffet - you gotta eat your money’s worth.  This is why my eyes light up instantly when I hear about places that offer their food free-flow. No exorbitant buffet prices, no extra charges and no pressure to eat more than I can handle. Just generous, complimentary, unlimited servings of stuff they know their diners can’t get enough of.  Here are...
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What is J A.V.E?   More than just a level of plain shopping, J.Avenue is the paragon of Affordability, Variety and Ever-change. I was here for the launch of J.Avenue last weekend, the new retail zone located at Level 2 of J Cube. The shopaholic in me was going bonkers from all the affordable and chic varieties of clothes and accessories on display. Think 40 fashion shops and 23 niche shops specialising in gadgets and hobbies from $5.  As a 21st century shopper, heading to malls is no longer just about buying clothes since we have the convenience of online blogshops now. Malls have...
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