The Chewys’ Family Trip to Hong Kong Day One

IMG_1228

PHEW! I managed to get everything else out of the way so that I can focus on blogging about our second trip of 2015! Back in mid March, The Chewys flew to Hong Kong for a 5D4N stay which was planned as Chanelle’s first birthday trip! Come to think of it, it was also a way to reward misterchewy and I for surviving our first year of parenthood. LOL. Of course, parenthood is not without its ups and downs, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of our family members, who have been very helpful and forthcoming. We truly appreciate it! Ok back to the story. I have been toying with the idea of a birthday trip for the little one for quite some time but was put off by the exorbitant prices probably because her birthday falls in the same week as the March school holidays. Yeah but in the end, we went ahead with the plan because we wanted some time to ourselves!

DSCF6224

We flew with Singapore Airlines and the airfare alone cost us about $1.2K. We did feel the pinch of course, with our home renovation underway and all. But it’s ok. Let’s enjoy first! Hahaha. Catching our flight early in the morning!

IMG_1236

Happy Chewys on the plane! Can you spot Little misschewy’s first tooth sprouting at the bottom? XD

IMG_1245

I think we booked our tickets in January, right after returning from our trip to Phuket, and hence we managed to secure the bassinet seats. The bassinet failed to serve us well because Chanelle only slept like 5 minutes in it and she was wide awake throughout the flight. The husband and I didn’t get to watch Penguins of Madagascar. Boohoo.

IMG_1253

It was an energy zapping 4-hour journey for us! Hahaha.

DSCF6229

After touching down at Hong Kong International Airport and collecting our luggages, we couldn’t be more relieved to meet our driver who was patiently waiting for us, holding up a placard with my name on it. He promptly took over our luggages and led us to our vehicle.

DSCF6231

Really lucky and grateful to have Blacklane sponsoring our airport transfer both ways! Blacklane provides professional ground transportation at the lowest rates in over 180 cities all over the world. The steps to booking your ride is extremely simple. Via Blacklane’s website or app, enter the following details: Pickup and Dropoff locations OR the number of hours you wish to book the a car and driver for and your desired pick up time. After which, you get to select the car class which best suits your needs and budget! We selected the Business Class vehicle which allows a maximum capacity of 3 passengers and 2 luggages.

DSCF6236

After booking, I received two emails. The first email was to acknowledge my booking and the second email was sent as soon as a suitable driver had been assigned to handle my ride request. When I switched on my mobile phone at the airport, I received email and SMS updates informing me that our car is on its way, and a second one as soon as our driver has arrived at the pickup location. It was a very pleasant feeling to be reassured a few times, knowing that you have got a reliable driver waiting to pick you up!

DSCF6234

Bottled water to keep us hydrated throughout the 30-minute ride.

DSCF6238

Loving the Mercedes E-Class!

DSCF6239

Gotta thank Hotel Jen Hong Kong for the complimentary two nights and special rates for the remaining two! We really love the convenient location of the hotel. Hong Kong University MTR station is a mere 3-minute walk from the hotel! We stayed at Kowloon the previous few times we visited Hong Kong separately. This was our first time staying at Hong Kong Island but it wasn’t a hassle at all when we wanted to get to Kowloon. Also, Hotel Jen provides complimentary shuttle service to certain areas at various timings throughout the day.

DSCF6243-001

We were thrilled to check into this lovely Club Harbour View room which offered us a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. At 24sqm in size, our room was reasonably spacious for the 3 of us.

DSCF6244-001

Our room came with free WiFi, full sized Executive writing desk, cable television, movie channels, electronic safe, steam iron and ironing board, amongst many other amenities.

DSCF6245-001

We were impressed by the smart en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower! Also, the toiletries provided by Hotel Jen were adequate.

DSCF6249

As usual, Little misschewy had the honor of testing the comfy bed.

IMG_1262

Cheeky girl grabbed her pants and tried to escape after I changed her diaper. Haha.

DSCF6269

We were famished but it was too early for dinner. Afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental’s Clipper Lounge it was!

DSCF6273

DSCF6276-001

Not wanting to ruin the dinner plans we had in mind, we ordered the Afternoon Tea for One (HK$278 + 10%) to share.

DSCF6281-001

DSCF6283-001

DSCF6285-001

DSCF6286-001

DSCF6287-001

Plain and raisin scones!

DSCF6290-001

Devon clotted cream and rose petal jam. Both were so goooood!

DSCF6298

The afternoon tea items were great but I found the service somewhat aloof. Well, I can still close one eye. Hahaha.

DSCF6299-001

DSCF6301

DSCF6321-001

Actually this trip was mainly an eat and eat and eat trip! I must warn my readers first. LOL. Within the next two hours, we settled our dinner at Tsui Wah Restaurant at Central (Wellington branch). They have quite a few branches all over Hong Kong.

DSCF6304-001

Iced Milk Tea.

DSCF6309-001

Hainanese Chicken Rice was surprisingly delicious!

DSCF6313

The best time to eat in a cramped cafe or restaurant is when the baby is asleep.

DSCF6314

DSCF6319-001

Pork cutlet burger which was tender and oily in a good way!

DSCF6325

When communicating with the reservation team via email, I told them we probably wouldn’t need the baby cot as Little misschewy co-sleeps with us. However we changed our mind after checking in. Having a baby cot is the best way to contain her so that she doesn’t fall off the bed if we are not looking. And the baby cot is so cute!

DSCF6328

“Let me out if not this bunny is gonna get hurt real bad!”

DSCF6329

Surprise birthday cake specially arranged by the hotel! Chanelle’s birthday wasn’t until the next day but it was a really nice and sweet gesture!

DSCF6331

We have come to the end of our post on our first day in Hong Kong! Stay tuned for more!
Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags

Sponsored Review

A32A6548

I’m sure all mothers can easily name at least one must-have item in their bags when they head outdoors with their little ones. If you ask me, I never leave home without some QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags. They are the most convenient, hygienic and fuss-free way of disposing soiled diapers, wipes and tissues at home or on-the-go. There were times where we found ourselves in a sticky situation (pardon the pun) when Little misschewy decides to poop in the car! We had to pull over to give her a diaper change there and then as she was whining and squirming in her car seat. Needless to say, on unlucky days when a rubbish bin is nowhere in sight, the rest of the ride becomes an unpleasant one with all windows wind down in a desperate bid to eliminate the overpowering stench.

A32A6550

We face a different problem at home. As Little misschewy is still not ready to be toilet-trained, we find ourselves going through several diaper changes in a day. Any parent will agree that dirty diapers smell from bad to worse over time and to prevent our sense of smell from becoming impaired, we force ourselves to dump the soiled diapers down the rubbish chute located outside our house, which is pretty much a hassle. Imagine having to walk out 5 to 6 times a day! For these above two situations mentioned, the QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags are truly a lifesaver as we no longer have to make frequent trips to the rubbish chute outside our home and diaper changes in the car are not as unpleasant anymore.

11119751_1416585548663386_2688771139848101836_o

I was completely sold upon learning that QuickGrab nappy bags offer long lasting odour protection. Enough research and development had been carried out to ensure that the fragrance embedded into the nappy bags stays and diffuses into its surroundings, leaving a clean and fresh scent. I would say that this is QuickGrab nappy bags’ major selling point as many parents are highly bothered by the smell of soiled diapers.

A32A6571

As you can see from the photos above, a QuickGrab Grab Pack containing 125 bags is of an optimal size which will not take up much space in your bag. It is very convenient to bring along with you everywhere you go. You can also choose to bring only a handful of bags instead of the entire Grab Pack. The nappy bags are specially packed such that they get dispensed one bag at a time. All you have to do is simply tear along the perforated line and pull out a nappy bag.

A32A6599

No more having to hunt for used plastic bags that are saved from our grocery trips! I also like that these QuickGrab nappy bags are of the right size and the dark tint subtly disguises the contents within.

A32A6595

The easy-tie handles of the QuickGrab nappy bags also help to keep germs and bacteria locked in.

A32A6605

A32A6607

A32A6608

A32A6570

Check out www.quickgrab.com.sg for more information! These QuickGrab nappy bags are currently retailing at Vaby and Kulily at just $4.50 for a pack of 125 bags.

A32A6562

We will be giving away a complimentary pack of QuickGrab Fragranced Nappy Disposal Bags to three lucky winners! These bags will be delivered right to your doorstep!
Contest ends this Sunday. Good luck! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Mother’s Day Celebration 2015

image3

I can’t believe that misterchewy and I were pretty sure all along that we didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day last year. Of course, the best way to confirm is to search through my blog and it turns out that we DID celebrate by sneaking out for a nice dinner at Takumi Toyko. In my blog post, I also mentioned that we will include Little misschewy in our celebration this year but we left her at home with my mil. The hubs told me that he had planned a Mother’s Day itinerary for me and I had to take a day off work on Friday.

image2

We travelled from the East to Holland Village as misterchewy said he felt like having brunch at D’Good Cafe. However, it started to pour and it was impossible to get there without being drenched, so we settled for Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe. It was during lunch that the hubs revealed that he signed us up for a cooking class at Shermay’s Cooking School just across the street! We have known each other for almost 5 years now and I have never once whipped up anything for him. When we got there, we realized that it was a cooking demonstration, much to our horror. I felt kinda mad because I wasn’t prepared to sit through 3 hours just watching the chef cook up a storm.

image5-tile

Thank goodness Chef Christopher Tan was very entertaining and we enjoyed the cooking demonstration! The particular class we attended was “A Peranakan in Paris” and these were the four dishes that we had the pleasure of watching him prepare – Couscous Ulam, Chicken Curry in ‘French Loaves’, Potato ‘Lodeh’ Gratin and Sago & Coconut Cremeux with Caramelized Pineapple.

image9

All the dishes were splendid and mouthwatering! But of course, I confirm cannot replicate as these are way too high level for me. LOL.

A32A6440

After the class ended, we headed off to our dinner venue, which was also a surprise. Like last year, we had Japanese cuisine again but this time, it was at Aoki Restaurant by the Les Amis group! I had wanted to visit Aoki for the longest time! On the overall, service was alright but food was exemplary. The hubs wanted to try the Bara Chirashi (I think) but it was sold out. Nevermind, we shall swing by for lunch next time!

A32A6443

A32A6448-tile

A32A6452

A32A6454

A32A6457

A32A6458

A32A6465

image11

My mum bought this yummy yam cake from The Icing Room.

image13

On Mother’s Day last year, Chanelle was barely two months old and look at her now! A cheeky little one-year-old who never fails to inject so much fun and laughter into our lives! 😀

image12

Stay connected with us on Facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

Beauty Products Used to Achieve My Wedding Dinner Makeup Look

J1-0X-0S_RAW

Hola ladies! We attended our cousin’s wedding at W Singapore late April and I managed to download the instant prints taken by the photographer. Today I’m gonna share a short post which is something a little different from my usual posts, and it’s about my wedding dinner makeup routine! Yayyyyy. Of course I’m no makeup guru but since I put in extra effort to doll myself up for a big occasion, it doesn’t hurt to share photos and the products I used right? 😛

J1-0X-0U_RAW

Normally, my mum and I would head off to a salon that we have been visiting near our place for the lady boss to do our makeup and hair. The cost is actually quite reasonable. However, this time I decided to take matters into my own hands. Hahaha sounds so serious. But yeah, I have been reading up about various products and trying them out.

J1-0X-1C_RAW

Like I said, I’m not a professional so I have yet to master making my non-existent nose bridge appear out of nowhere but I’m trying very hard. LOL. But I did learn a bit about contouring and stuff. Not easy!

J1-0X-5L_RAW

Hahaha pardon the sleepy look. I lost count of the number of glasses of red wine I had that night. *Hic*

J1-0X-1V_RAW

These were the products I used. In all honesty, I only use foundation, blusher, and eyeliner on normal days. Haha!

Face:
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Fiji
LA Girl Pro Concealors in Classic Ivory, Warm Sand and Cool Tan
Heroine Make Mineral Smooth Cover Powder in Light Biege
The Body Shop Nomadic Goddess Baked-to-Last Powder Bronzer in Warm Glow
The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Color in Ginger
Ben Nye Luxury Visage Powder in Banana
The Body Shop Sparkler in Boudoir Pink

Eyes:
Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette
Heroine Make Eyeliner in Black

Eyebrows:
Lioele Artist Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Light Brown
Maybelline Fashion Brow Coloring Mascara in Dark Brown

Lips:
The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain in Raspberry

Thanks for reading! Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant Dim Sum Review

A32A5940

Hello chewy friends! This is a very overdue blog post. Remember I blogged about our Valentine’s Day staycation at Sheraton Towers earlier? Before we checked out that day, we went for dim sum at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant just downstairs!

A32A5924

I loveeee dim sum and was more excited about being able to try out the dim sum at Li Bai than the staycation itself! 😛 Upon knowing that we were gonna stay at Sheraton, I immediately reserved a table! Sheraton is like really out of the way, so making a trip specially to Li Bai has never once crossed my mind la.

A32A5920

Just look at the amount of food we ordered for two! We wanted to order more but the waitress told us in Mandarin, “I think that’s quite alot for two people. If later not enough can order some more.” LOL.

A32A5893

Appetizer which we didn’t manage to eat because the food was served really quickly.

A32A5900

One of the best Roasted Pork ($13) that we have eaten! The meat was tender yet substantial enough to yield a nice chewy texture and the roast pork crackling was just perfect! I can’t decide if I prefer eating it on its own or with the superb mustard sauce served together with the roasted pork.

A32A5903

Stir Fried Radish Cake with XO Chilli Sauce ($7.20) was a teeny bit disappointing. It had a tender texture but I would prefer it to be slightly more charred and crisp on the surface. Also, it wasn’t at all spicy!

A32A5911

I suggested ordering the Scallop Siew Mai ($7.20) as the hubs loves to eat scallops. Topped with black fish roe, this was clearly a winner and we almost wanted to order this again!

A32A5912

I love Steamed Pork Dumplings! The ones at Li Bai were fabulous; delicious ground pork and sweet tasting broth gelatin encased in a delicate steamed bun!

A32A5916

The hubs doesn’t eat this so I almost had the entire Braised Chicken Feet to myself. The sauce was slightly too sweet for my liking.

A32A5928

I really liked the Steamed Rice Rolls with Char Siew ($8). The rice rolls weren’t too thick but firm enough to not disintegrate when we chopped it up into smaller parts with our chopsticks. It is my personal preference to order char siew instead of prawn because I feel that the char siew goes much better with the sweet sauce.

A32A5914

Fluffy, flaky Egg Tarts ($4.80) anyone?

A32A5926

It was a splendid dim sum meal at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant! Need to start planning a revisit soon! 😀
Stay connected with us on Facebook www.facebook.com/missuschewy and on Instagram @missuschewy and @misterchewy :)

Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant
39 Scotts Road
Singapore 228230
Monday to Saturday
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Sunday
Yum Cha: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

For reservations:
T: (65) 6839 5623
E: libai@sheratonsingapore.com

Happy Mother’s Day 2015

image

Mother’s Day this year feels so much more meaningful than the last, when Chanelle was barely two months old. Calling me “Mama”, grinning from ear to ear while bouncing up and down when she sees me appearing at the doorstep after a long day at work, kissing me on my mouth when I pretend to sleep or cry, and many other actions warm the cockles of my heart. I never knew that such a young human being is capable of expressing so much love and affection. And thanks to the wonderful hubby for being a proactive father and for putting the family first. Motherhood isn’t easy but thanks for sharing the burden and making this an enjoyable journey :) Happy Mother’s Day! 💐

The Rockin’ Diner by The Mustard Incident

Tasting Invite

DSCF6883

Previously located in TANGS Basement One, The Mustard Incident has now expanded to become The Rockin’ Diner at 11 Club Street, serving up gourmet hot dogs, American diner favorites and imported artisan beer.

DSCF6825

Owner Kelly Koh’s love for American food culture sparked off when he was studying in San Francisco. American diners, music and the American way had a special place in his heart, and that led him to bring a big part of his life home with him to Singapore. Kelly is a man with an appetite for big, meaty servings, and strongly believes in serving American food at The Rockin’ Diner that is as traditional and true to what one would get in the US.

DSCF6861

DSCF6831

Without knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised at the sight of the Spam Fries ($9.99) which were served piping hot. Crisp yet tender, these are definitely not the Ma Ling luncheon meat that you grew up eating. Very addictive!

DSCF6827

Bacon wrapped enoki? Seen plenty. But Bacon Wrapped Fries ($12.99)? These were da bomb! Yes they are artery clogging but not that anyone from our table cared.

DSCF6833

Because the hubs and I don’t take beef, Kelly recommended the Louisiana Fish Steak ($19.99). The grilled fish steak was firm and flaky. It was my first time tasting Creole Cajun sauce and it was piquant with a very slight hint of spiciness.

DSCF6842

Little Italy’s Killa’ Lasagne ($15.99)

DSCF6850

Prior to this, the only B.L.T that I have eaten is from Subway. It was my first and last time ordering it. The Rockin’ Diner’s B.L.T ($12.99) totally took me by surprise! Who would have thought that simple classic ingredients such as bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, piled on toasted white bread could taste soooo damn good! I reckon the secret lies in the sauce!

DSCF6852

Philadelphia Cheese Steak ($15.99)

DSCF6856

Currently, there are about 10 different types of hot dogs on The Rockin’ Diner menu. They have really adorable names (LOL) such as The Frankenstein, Bar-B-Dog and Hawt Dog. We tried the Green Lambton ($11.99) and I must say that if you are someone who loves your lamb or mutton, this is a MUST TRY. The lamb sausage was tender and had a slightly strong flavor, which is an acquired taste of course. For people who don’t eat beef, the lamb or mutton would be our next best alternative I guess. Topped with pesto and mint sauce, chopped green peppers, onions and relish, the Green Lambton certainly was one very satisfying hot dog.

DSCF6859

This is the newest dog on the menu, and the last we heard, it doesn’t have a name yet. Veal sausage, topped with foie gras and drizzled with purple mustard sauce. Doesn’t it spell decadence!

DSCF6867

Moving on, the Baby Back Ribs (half slab $19.99, full slab $24.99) is another dish that I would strongly recommend, especially for sharing with a group of friends! Seasoned with homemade BBQ sauce, these oven baked ribs were very juicy and fall-off-the-bone.

DSCF6870

Traditional Tiramisu made interesting with layers of nutella in it. Whoever came up with this is a genius! Out of the two desserts that we had, the Nutella-misu ($6.99) was my preferred choice.

DSCF6875

I only had a mouthful of the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie because it was way too sweet and rich for me. However, the hubs was seen happily digging into this sinful dessert because he’s a huge fan of peanut butter.

DSCF6879-001

Delectable food, great music and awesome company! Will I return to The Rockin’ Diner? Definitely! :)

The Rockin’ Diner
11 Club Street
Singapore 069405
Tel: 6223 3647

Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat
12pm – 12 midnight