Getting your Singapore Meatball Fix When Singaporeans think meatballs, IKEA probably comes to mind. Can you name any other restaurant that specalises in meatballs? I can't. And neither can google. If you do a search for "Singapore meatballs" the first ten results are all IKEA pages. Unbelievable! Let's see if I can change that. I used to love IKEA meatballs up to a few years ago. Maybe I just got tired of them or maybe the standard had dropped to such a point that I've just stopped going there. When I need to get IKEA stuff I now have my dinner either at the Claypot Laksa at Alexandra Village across the road or the specialty hawker at 119 Bukit Merah. So I was quite happy to discover this gourmet meatball place called Sauce Bar at the Esplanade. Its the one with colorful umbrellas on the right when you step outside...Last modified on
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About the Firestorm World Premiere I was just at the RWS's Festive Grand theatre with Rachel last week to catch the musical LightSeeker. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn the RWS theatre could transform itself into a cinema just like that. Firestorm is Andy Lau's latest cop show and lucky for us, they decided to have the world premiere right here in Singapore! This also served as the opening film of this year's ScreenSingapore film festival. ScreenSingapore has actually been bringing international stars to Singapore for awhile now. Thank you guys. Andy Lau and co-star Gordon Lam were in town to promote the movie, sending local media into a frenzy. I don't recall seeing this many people when an ang mo star flew in. That's just testament to how popular Andy Lau is in Singapore, especially with the Chinese speaking folks. It was cool to sit just a few feet...
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There are things I always look forward to. Take away pretty clothes, dancing A&F models and Ian S. Thomas' books and I'll be left with Chinese New Year. Now I know the petty reasons people like Chinese New Year - angbaos, food and the fun festivities. But I enjoy Chinese New Year because it gives me the perfect, blissful-for-a-moment setting to see family whom I've missed but have been too proud to admit or do anything about. And how better to bond than over food? AFC's "Happy Foodie New Year" Asian Food Channel is about to premiere "Happy Foodie New Year", their first Chinese language original production entirely filmed in Singapore. It stars celebrity host Cavin Soh and his guest chefs. In this series they discover the rich history behind your favourite dishes from the chefs who created and brought these delicacies to our shores. It is a dedication to the...
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About RWS's Lightseeker Set in a fairy-tale like context, Lightseeker tells ostensibly the story of a general who pursues The Light to sustain and revive his ominous emperor. This emperor played by Lim Kay Siu, currently exists as a dark and formless being that rules over the lands. Or in our case, over a large 10-tonne LED display wall that's cleverly integrated with the physical stage. It's an impressive set-up complete with special effects and pyrotechnics that you only get to see at multi million dollar musicals. Fun-fact: The fantasy set took 15,000 man hours (625 days) to build. Beyond the classic tale of good vs evil, the light is alluded to the renewal of mind. The Lightseeker musical stars international talents like Stuart Boother (Jesus Christ Superstar) and boasts of renowned local composer, Dick Lee's compositions. Being an in-house production, it means the entire musical was constructed from scratch by...Last modified on
While we were in Korea we did a few special activities with the help of the Korean Tourism board and our travel guide. I feel K-Pop lovers in particular will enjoy this itinerary. And everyone will enjoy Everland theme park. 1. M! Countdown This is the number 1 K-Pop countdown show. The amazing thing about it? It's filmed LIVE! So you get to see the biggest Korean stars performing on stage just a few feet away from you. It's like a more intimate Korean concert that costs nothing to attend. Just beware of the aggressive fan girls. In the week while we were here, IU topped the charts with her number one hit "Red Shoes" and she performed live right infront of us. Here is where you will gain newfound respect for these Korean stars. Because you realise the moves you see in the MTVs aren't just cuts and edits. They...Last modified on
Beauty Treatments in Korea Seoul is regarded by many as the number one place in the world to get your beauty fix, literally. And I don't just mean plastic surgery. Scattered all across the city are hair salons, beauty spas and even gigantic public baths and steam houses that cater to beauty and wellness. Koreans take great pride in taking care of appearances and that has led to the rise of facilities that pander to this demand. Get a K-Pop princess hair cut, rejuvenate your body or even take home a new facial feature. Those into beauty and wellness can indulge in the ultimate pampering experience on their trip to Korea. Here is an overview of all the beauty treatments and wellness you can expect to see in South Korea. 1. Plastic Surgery in Korea I wrote a comprehensive article a while ago about plastic surgery in Singapore with some inspirational...Last modified on
It is the launch of Chic Kiss Love's pop up store! I don't know about you but I have heard of this powerhouse online even before I came! According to the number of mutual female likers on my Facebook, Chic Kiss Love seems to be quite a hit with girls my age, 18 by the way and forever 18, so I had to come! The nearest MRT station is Lavendar and fromt here its a very clear, visible walk over! Look for the more transparent building with the most gorgeous clothes and there you are, at the place with the prettiest frocks and totes. Chic Kiss Love is an online fashion marketplace featuring over 130 Singaporean and Malaysian brands. Since the day of our launch, we have received requests by customers for the opportunity to try, see, and touch the fashion apparel in real life. With that, the idea of the...Last modified on
This is a collection of some random thoughts I have about the education system in Singapore. For starters, it is extremely tough for someone like me, a student, to thrive. Very often, on Twitter, I will see fellow students complaining about the education system. Now, it's my turn to share my thoughts What I like about the Education System There are still a few good things about the education that I must commend. It does not centre only on academic merits, but also a "holistic, all inclusive education". For example, secondary schools allow Direct School Admission through CCA or other talents, which is good as it shows that we are not ranked according to intelligence ONLY. What I dislike about the Education System What I don't like about our system is that it is too pressuring and torturous. What I see in my secondary school life is that most subjects,...
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A Food Lover's Guide to the fifth most populous city of France Picture Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk Nice (or the Cote D’Azur) also known as the French Riviera, is known for its picturesque views, especially of the Promenade des Anglais, bringing to port many who seek inspiration and relaxation. Being located along the coast of the Mediterranean, it is looked upon as a spot to satiate one’s Crustacean cravings. However, not just seafood prevails in the southern part of France. After returning from an enriching trip to Nice for my studies exchange, I’m here to let you in on a few not-to-be-missed delicacies and beverage! Picture Credit: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com 1. Salade Niçoise The Nicoise salad has the likes of an American/Caesar salad but uses ingredients like Tuna, Green Beans and Potatoes instead, sometimes even Anchovies. Tuna, is the defining factor. It wouldn’t be termed a Nicoise salad if not for its generous servings of Tuna! It’s...
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This Christmas, hotels under the Park Hotel Group brim with gastronomical delights. We were treated to a sneak preview of what guests can expect over the festive period. With the festive atmosphere and a sumptuous feast laid out before us, the dinner was an absolute blast. The succulent gourmet roasts and meats from the Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill made my mouth water the moment I laid eyes on them! The Food: Spanish Paprika Crispy Pork Belly with Apricot Roasted Australian Wagyu Hind Shank with Thyme Jus Asian-Flavoured Turkey with Cumin & Ground Hazelnut Sauce This turkey is marinated with spices inspired by Singapore's satay sauce before it is baked and basted. Warm Baked Salmon with Seafood & Dill Sauce Roasted Chilled Grain-Fed Australian Beef Prime Ribs with Bones Glazed Five Spice Bone-in Gammon Ham with Orange Cinnamon Sauce Christmas isn't complete without this festive favorite - a perfectly glazed Five...Last modified on