The hubs and I recently went on a triple date afternoon tea session with our fellow foodie friends at 10 SCOTTS, located at the lobby level of Grand Hyatt Singapore. Phoebe, Elaine and Daniel were the first few people we befriended back when I started blogging about food in 2010! Omg we go a long way back and all of us are happily married now. 2016 seems to be the year of afternoon teas for me! Anyway, I’m gonna eat as much as I can before I pop really soon! Wheeee! 😀
The first time I had afternoon tea at 10 SCOTTS was sometime around the end of 2014 and that was with a group of mummies from my EDD group, as well as some of their babies. It’s quite an ideal place for babies and young children even though the number of baby chairs might be limited, there are low couch seats which are pretty comfortable and you can simply have your little one seated next to you.
Let me just say that I highly recommend 10 SCOTTS’ afternoon tea because of the fact that the food items are REPLENISHABLE and they are served on two-tiered stands, which make everything seem so much more aesthetically pleasing. While the coffee and tea are refilled with hot water upon request, you are not obliged to stick to the same beverage throughout your afternoon tea session.
There is a double-seating policy at 10 SCOTTS which does not only apply to weekends but weekdays as well. Also, afternoon tea is slightly pricier on weekends.
Besides the replenishable items from the two-tiered stand, there is also a buffet line of cold cuts, main course and desserts! Aren’t you excited already?! The menu changes on a weekly rotational basis, so you will always have the chance to try something different on your subsequent visits.
Cold cuts, cheese and bread.
A humble assortment of Sushi
Hot savoury live station featuring one type of main course.
During our visit, it was Peppered beef fillet with brandy and green peppercorn sauce gravy. Tiger prawns and chicken fillet are offered on other weeks.
The freshly baked Raisin scones from the buffet line were warm and crumbly, but only if they were more buttery! Besides clotted cream and raspberry jam, 10 SCOTTS also serve their scones with kaya jam!
Smoked salmon wrap with avocado, cream cheese and dill.
Borsch (cold beetroot soup) with sour cream foam.
Curry fish balls.
Mustard leaf rolls with rice noodle, tofu and laksa leaf.
Crab cakes with remoulade sauce. These were da bomb and we each had quite a few servings. I think misterchewy ate like four crab cakes.
Caramel choux buns.
Cassis yoghurt mousse in shooter glass.
10 Scotts at Grand Hyatt Singapore is definitely one of the places that I will recommend for a leisurely afternoon tea date! Till then, stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram!
Something BIG and EXCITING is happening this July! In celebration of Youth Day, SmartKids Asia, Asia’s largest educational kids’ fair is making a second debut this year! The three-day event promises an extensive line-up of family-themed activities and here’s what you can expect:
Meet and Greet Sessions
Every child’s favourite! Four popular characters – My Little Pony, Robocar Poli, Pororo & friends, and Sylvanian Families will be performing on stage throughout all three days and there are a total of 5 sessions per day!
Goodie Bags Giveaway
SmartKids Asia will be giving away as many as 1500 goodie bags worth more than $30 each! Registrants are to redeem the Goodie Bags on-site from 10am onwards. Limited to the first 500 registrants per day. Register here for your goodie bag!
Daily Lucky Draws
Take part in the daily lucky draw! Visitors will be entitled to one chance in the lucky draw with every receipt of purchase. Happening once daily, there is $10,000 worth of prizes to be won! Prizes include Disney hotel attraction passes and many more.
FREE Trial Classes
Immerse in three days of fun and learning through free trial classes offered by educational and enrichment providers from 10am to 8pm daily. The full list of activities will be available here!
Apart from the above mentioned, visitors at SmartKids Asia can also look forward to various other activities such as The Inflatable Challenge, SmartKids Asia’s Fun Passport, F-17 Futsal Challenge, SmartKids Asia Scholarship Programme and many more! All these activities are tailored for parents with children between 3 to 12 years of age.
Date and Time: 1st & 2nd July (10am – 9pm), 3rd July (10am – 8pm)
Hello chewy friends! I’m excited about sharing one of my latest favourite beauty products with everyone today! Previously, I blogged about Bio-essence’s Extra Strength Face Lifting Cream, which is the fastest solution to achieving an extra lifted and extra V face. I have been a long time fan of Bio-essence’s face lifting creams when I started off years ago using their regular face lifting creams. I’m sure Bio-essence needs no introduction but for the benefit of those who don’t know much about the brand, let me tell you that Bio-essence’s face lifting cream is its best selling product and also Singapore’s Number One selling face lifting cream! I really like Bio-essence because instead of being complacent with its success and achievements, new and improved products are constantly produced to address the needs of women who want a V shaped face. There is always something to look forward to from Bio-essence!
Now that I’m 8 months pregnant, I have gained a considerable amount of weight (GASP!) and it’s obviously showing on my face. Boohoo! Apart from that, those pregnancy hormones are totally to blame for my dry and sensitive skin, which is sadly at the mercy of breakouts. I’m really glad that Bio-essence has launched the New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin this year! It is the latest addition to Bio-essence’s portfolio of face lifting creams, joining the other two variants under the Royal Jelly & ATP range. With this new Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin, ladies (and gentlemen) with sensitive skin can now achieve their desired V shaped face too! I must also add that it is every pregnant woman’s godsend ! I’m experiencing a bit of facial swelling in the mornings due to water retention in the third trimester and applying Bio-essence’s face lifting cream really helps to reduce the nasty swelling! So glad that I don’t have to spend the rest of my pregnancy looking like a chubby chipmunk, especially when it’s impossible for me to go on a diet or do vigorous exercises at this stage!
I have been using Bio-essence’s New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin for a couple of weeks and my face is noticeably less round now. If not for my weight gain of more than 10kg (and counting), I’m very confident that applying the Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin religiously would give me a much more defined V face. A huge noticeable difference in Bio-essence’s New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin compared to the other variants which I have used before, is its texture which is slightly on the watery side, glides onto the skin, and is very easily absorbed, without leaving behind any residue or stickiness. This is the hypoallergenic formula that we are talking about, which helps to reduce double chin by firming sagging skin, and at the same time helps to soothe and calm sensitive skin with its light weight texture. It also acts like a moisturizer, leaving skin smooth and soft.
In order to achieve optimal results with Bio-essence’s New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin, apply in an upward lifting motion using gentle strokes with both hands until all the cream is absorbed. You may end the 10-minute ritual by massaging and patting your face. Results are almost instantaneous ! Don’t believe? Measure your facial contour with the ruler provided in the packaging, apply the cream, and measure again! You will be amazed!
If you have always wanted to try Bio-essence’s face lifting cream, wait no more! With three types of face lifting creams, there is something for everyone. People with sensitive skin deserve a beautiful V shaped face too! The hypoallergenic formula in Bio-essence’s New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin is safe to use because it has been created with the needs of people with sensitive skin in mind. Retailing at $49.90 a jar, Bio-essence’s New Face Lifting Cream Sensitive Skin is available at Watsons, Guardian and NTUC Fairprice. Visit Bio-essence’s website and ‘Like’ Bio-essence’s Facebook page to stay updated on its latest products!
Amidst all the craziness over the past two weeks when Little misschewy was hospitalised, misterchewy and I managed to spend some well-deserved couple time relaxing over afternoon tea after an appointment with our gynae. After all, we had cancelled some of our plans but a pregnant mother still has to carry on eating for two! LOL.
Taking advantage of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Twice as Nice promotion (which ended on 15 June), where SPG members get to earn double Starpoints whenever they dine with SPG outside of a stay, it was my perfect excuse to experience having afternoon tea on the 32nd level of The Westin, at Lobby Lounge.
The husband and I were at The Westin on a Friday and afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm to 5pm on weekdays. There are two seatings for afternoon tea on weekends. We reached slightly early, so we took some photos around the area.
For our afternoon tea date, I specially chose this Sequin Flare Dress from Jump Eat Cry, which is now one of my top favourites in my wardrobe! I seldom wear white and was secretly surprised when the husband complimented that white looks good on me 😀 Jump Eat Cry is currently having a GSS Mega Sale till end June, with selected pieces going for up to 50% off! Quote ‘MISSUSCHEWY15‘ to enjoy additional 15% discount! Super good deal! I’m so in love with their maternity wear because it really flatters the bump! Just an update that I’m past 30 weeks now! Kinda lost count if I’m 31 or 32 weeks! Or is it 33?! LOL.
We strolled in at 2.30pm and chose one of the seats by the window. Actually, majority of the seats were next to the window so it wouldn’t be difficult to snag one especially on a weekday. Not sure if I can say the same for weekends! Anyway, we were told that food will only be served around 2.45pm which wasn’t really an issue for us since afternoon tea is supposed to be a slow and leisurely affair. Haha.
Instead of a nice full view of the South China Sea and the Marina Bay, construction works also came into the picture. Pun intended. Not exactly the most amazing view, but nevermind.
Lobby Lounge at The Westin serves the most indulgent and luxurious afternoon tea in Singapore! How does having lobsters, oysters and crab legs with a glass of bubbly sound? That’s The Westin’s Seafood and Champagne Afternoon Tea for you! We found ourselves rubbing our hands with glee when the first course, which comprised of Lobster Thermidor and Fresh Oysters, was served.
Cooked lobster in creamy white wine sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and broiled till golden brown, this spells perfection! There were three kinds of dipping to go with your lobster – champagne dressing, lychee bourbon and lime, and shallot vinaigrette. All three were equally good, but eating the lobster on its own works fine too! There were fresh oysters as well but they weren’t exactly very meaty.
The second course was served on a three-tier stand. Items from the bottom two tiers are actually the same as the portions are meant for two.
Lovely sight, isn’t it!
Really like the presentation of the afternoon tea items!
On the top tier, we have the Blini Alaska crab salad topped with salmon roe, garnished with chunks of grapefruits, pomelo and grapefruits jelly. It was small enough that we could pop the entire thing into our mouths. Very crunchy and somehow, the taste reminded us of McD’s Fillet-o-Fish. LOL.
There were more fried items from the bottom tiers. We started with the Alaska crab tempura with avocado, apple, pine nuts and tuna tartar, followed by the Lobster cake with tomato and avocado salsa. The taste wasn’t exceptional but I like how avocado was incorporated here. Seared butter oyster with horseradish cream and grilled lemon was quite good but I still prefer my oysters raw. Spicy scallop salad with apple and pear walnut salad was a little over done and not too memorable. The husband liked the Chard salmon sushi which had an interesting presentation where we got to inject soy sauce into the sushi.
After all the savoury items, we were happy to be greeted by this plate of desserts of carrot cake, strawberry lemon tartlet, salted caramel chocolate finger, green tea cheese cake, raspberries lime profiteroles and assorted chocolate crunch! It’s so hard for me to pick a favourite because I have a sweet tooth but misterchewy claimed that the salted caramel chocolate finger was the best of the lot. If I really had to choose, it would be either the strawberry lemon tartlet or raspberries lime profiteroles.
We really enjoyed The Westin’s jazzed-up interpretation of a leisurely afternoon tea. It was definitely a first for us, indulging in seafood and champagne, and ending afternoon tea off with a platter of sweets. Priced at $85++ for two persons inclusive of two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label, we reckon that the Seafood and Champagne Afternoon Tea is one of the best afternoon tea in Singapore! To make your afternoon tea experience sweeter, you can also have the afternoon tea set with a whole bottle of champagne at just $130++.
A couple of weeks back, I was tasked to come up with a dinner place to celebrate my brother’s birthday. You must be wondering why me and not the birthday boy. I have no idea too LOL. Anyway, I gave a number of suggestions and we finally decided on Handlebar at Sembawang. I came to know about this biker-themed restaurant cum bar quite some time ago when I still had the time to catch up on food and lifestyle blogs. The place looked pretty interesting and if you wanna find out more prior to visiting, Handlebar has a badass website. Haha.
Handlebar is undeniably ulu, located along Jalan Mempurong. It was kinda scary when we drove along the small road because it was so dark! Had to park our vehicle outside and walk into Handlebar.
Modified parts of cars and motorcycles were turned into bar counter seats.
Definitely a highlight.
We were seated outdoors, near the kitchen but could’t see any action lol.
All of us had the usual boring drinks except for misterchewy who ordered a bottle of Fucking Hell ($12). Haha.
Cocaine Wings ($14) are named as such because they are supposed to be addictive. Out of the three spiciness levels, we tried medium. Ehhhh.. No kick la. Just a slight tingling sensation on the lips. The wings tasted a little sweet too.
If you like onion rings, you will enjoy the Blossom Onion ($12). I’m not a fan though.
I had the Righteous Ribs ($28) which was slightly pricey but the portion was so huge that I only managed to finish slightly more than three quarter of the ribs. Ribs were juicy and tender.
Didn’t try the Beer-battered Fish & Chips ($18) for myself but I dont think anything could go wrong here!
My parents and brother had the Grilled Pork Chop ($26). Imagine two thick slabs of pork chops.. How to finish?! Big eaters rejoice!
On the overall, Handlebar is quite a nice place but I would recommend going earlier before the sun sets. Food is mediocre, nothing to shout about but great for sharing given the large serving portions.
57 Jalan Mempurong
Tel: 6475 9571
Tue to Thu
5pm – 1am
5pm – 2am
3pm – 2am
3pm – 1am
(Closed on Mondays)
Shopping, alongside with taking pictures together, is one of the activities you won’t forget when you’re traveling. This is especially true when you’re visiting Hong Kong. There’s one famous shopping center called Ladies Market in Hong Kong. Ladies Market which is located on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, is a very popular and one of the most visited markets by both locals and tourists (both national and international).
What are the things you should bought when visiting the Ladies Market? Here are 5 things we recommend:
1. Wrist Watch
Who said watches are expensive? In Ladies Market, everything is cheaper because there are a lot of shops selling a huge variety of watches, with all colors and brands available. While the goods sold here is not the genuine one, it is usually of very great qualities like 98% of the original, convincing many at the first sight!
Do you enjoy music from famous artists? Or maybe you are a CD collector of one of your favorite musicians? If so, Ladies Market could be the place for you. You could find many CDs from different artists you love. The CDs sold here also comes with great quality at an affordable price. If you’re lucky, you might score some rare CDs you can’t find anywhere else here.
If you love shopping for clothes, there are many shops available for you in Ladies Market. You could find many kinds of clothes, both for females and males, at a very affordable price. There are many varieties of colors, styles, materials, and even quality offered in the Ladies Market. You will always find a suitable clothes for yourself or as a souvenir here.
Getting tired of the kids destroying their toys over and over again? You won’t have to worry anymore now. In Ladies Market, you will find a lot of toys in many kinds, from the small ones to the huge ones, sold very cheaply. Your kids will find the toys they love, and you won’t have to spend too much on them!
For those of you bag lovers, the Ladies Market will be your shopping heaven. You are guaranteed to find a bag that perfectly suits your taste in Ladies Market because of the sheer volume of its offerings. From the small ones to the big ones, the curved, boxed, and many other models are sold here.
You could visit the Ladies Market easily because it is located near to the Kowloon MRT Station. Upon arriving at the Ladies Market, you must adjust yourself to your bidding self – everything you want to buy here must be negotiated with the sellers. Furthermore, you’ll also have to be mindful of the change they give you – don’t accept an older print of money because you won’t be able to use it later.
With that said, if you’re already prepared to channel your inner shopaholic, don’t wait any longer. As a very popular tourist destination, preparing a vacation to Hong Kong is very easy, even from the comfort of your couch! There are many cheap hotels in Hong Kong that have online booking facilities, from their own sites or third party like Traveloka. For example, the Homy Inn located in Kowloon offers a clean, cheap, and affordable place to stay with Internet and car rental service. Another example is the Royal Plaza Hotel with its great facilities like restaurant, fitness club, and laundry. Don’t wait any longer, book your tickets, reserve the hotels, and have a shopping spree in Hong Kong now!
Recently, we had the wonderful opportunity of taking Little misschewy to Pororo Park Singapore, a 11,000 sq ft play and educational indoor playground at Marina Square, which is themed after the award-winning top Korean animation “Pororo the Little Penguin”. Honestly, we didn’t know much about Pororo prior our visit and the night before, Little misschewy and I huddled together in bed to watch and listen to the Pororo opening theme songs on YouTube as my way of introducing her to this character. She instantly became a fan of Pororo!
Pororo Park first opened 5 years ago in Seoul. There are seven Pororo Parks in Korea and three in China. Opened late last year, not only is Pororo Park Singapore the first in South East Asia, it is also the largest character-themed indoor playground in Singapore! No wonder kids and adults were so thrilled when Pororo Park Singapore opened!
There are as many as 8 fun attractions within Pororo Park Singapore and they have all been named after Pororo and his friends. How cute is that!
1. Pororo Express
All aboard the Pororo Express! Not surprisingly, this motored Pororo and friends train is an attractive and fun ride which makes children of all ages want to queue for it again and again!
Kids get to wave hello to their favourite Pororo characters as the train zips past on the track!
Look! There’s also a tunnel which the train passes through!
Just like any other train, the Pororo Express runs on a train schedule everyday! Check the schedule and don’t miss your train!
2. Pororo House
For children around Little misschewy’s size and height, Pororo’s life-size house is perfect for them to play pretend! Pororo’s house covered in ‘snow’ plus the little Christmas tree give us the perception that it’s cold and chilly outside, so let’s hurry in! Brrr!
Okie mummy! But first, let’s take a photo with Pororo and Crong!
I wonder how does it feel to wake up in Pororo’s little house! Must be a pretty awesome feeling! Pororo’s room is so neat and cosy! Wow!
Little misschewy proceeded to the bathroom to brush her teeth and wash up. Lol.
Wanted to take a bath as well but oops.. Pororo has another visitor in the house!
3. Shark Ball Pool
Kids don’t get tired of ball pools, do they? We placed Little misschewy on the ledge and she dived right in without hesitating!
Many of the older children were seen trying to shoot plastic balls into the shark’s mouth!
4. Poby’s Jungle Gym
I suppose Poby’s Jungle Gym is one of the most exciting play areas at Pororo Park because you never know what kind of maze or tunnel or slide awaits you till you probe deeper!
I really had to hand it to Little misschewy for being so adventurous. She actually wandered off to explore the gym on her own, while us anxious parents were trying to keep a lookout for her.
She was clearly pleased that her parents were still waiting patiently for her downstairs. LOL.
5. Eddy’s Classroom
We have not been to all the indoor playgrounds in Singapore but this is our first time coming across fun and interactive activities catered for little ones! Monthly activities include “Pororo Times”, “I’m a Fashion Designer” and “Cooking for Moms”. There are also exclusive members-only classes specially for Pororo Park members. While children are busy with these activities in Eddy’s Classroom, parents can finally take a breather!
6. Tong Tong’s Little Theatre
Over at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre, there are a variety of programs available for children to choose from. Apart from Pororo & Friends mini musical, kids get to enjoy monthly special performances by external talents such as magicians, puppets and juggling shows! Members can also participate in exclusive activities that are changed monthly.
When we entered the dimly lit theatre, we didn’t quite know what to expect but all the children were jumping up and down with excitement when Pororo and his friends made their appearance!
Pororo and friends entertained all of us with their live musical.
Pororo’s got the moves and it was infectious! The little ones clapped and danced along!
We also participated in the Babies and Toddlers Interactive Class. The theme was Under the Sea led by Poby!
Very interactive indeed!
All the children were really focused and attentive during the class!
7. Loopy’s Cafe
No need to step out of Pororo Park when you and your children are tired or hungry! Recharge yourselves with piping hot food and some drinks at Loopy’s Cafe!
If your kids are lucky, they might even get to be entertained by Loopy and Petty as they enjoy their refreshments during Loopy’s Dance Time!
8. Rody’s Toy Store
Can’t get enough of Pororo and friends at the park? Bring home a piece of Pororo with you! There are plenty of souvenirs and toys to choose from!
Now that we have covered all eight main attractions in Pororo Park, it is also worth mentioning that there are a few small play areas catered to babies and toddlers.
Here’s Little misschewy spending some quiet time on her own playing with a Pororo toy plane.
Here’s taking a quick glance at Pororo Park Singapore’s admission rates. Click for the full-sized picture.
Pororo Park Singapore membership rates.
Take part in the Pororo Park Singapore Grand Draw 2016 and stand to win amazing prizes!
Thank you Pororo Park Singapore for inviting us to your Family Fun Blogger Day and for the personalised recommended itinerary! If you need more information on Pororo Park Singapore, you will be able to find it on their website. Stay connected with us on Facebook and Instagram 🙂