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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Babette Food Review

With the success of Chillax Café at Serangoon Gardens, “Towkay” DJ Darren Wee of 987FM went on to open his F&B restaurant at the new Parc Soverign Hotel. Babette, the name of the restaurant, was inspired by the 1980s Danish film ‘ Babette’s Feast’.
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Determined to come up with something that is affordable and delicious, a French-Japanese cuisine was created.
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Honey Yuzu Ice Blended [7] to quench my thirst. It was a hot day to begin with!

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Not quite your usual plain salad. This octopus salad includes grilled octopus, a good variety of vegetables and their own Babette sauce, all in one bowl. Quite a tasty start to a good meal!

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Bacon Tempura with yuzu mayo [10]
This is one that caught my eye while Darren was walking me through their menu. Crispy bacon with a coat of light and fluffy crust, it's good to order this with a beer! It's so delicious that I can't even describe it with words, other than to try it yourself!

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Steak & Foie Gras Donburi [28]
As someone who doesn't eat beef very often, this marbled cut steak is the best that I have ever tasted in my entire life. Cooked to medium-rare, the steak is flavorful and tender. Every bite of it with a spoonful of Japanese short-grain rice and a bit of creamy pan-seared foie gras tastes heavenly.

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Duck Confit Donburi [28]
Duck confit is a specialty of France and whipping it up with Japanese rice, every bite is so tender melting that it falls of the bone altogether. The in-house Babette sauce is drizzled all over and served together with pickles that gives you a whole spectrum of taste, a piece of heaven in one bowl!

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Matcha lava cake [12]
I don't think any girls would say no to desserts, really. This Matcha Lava cake is really a must-have dessert after a good meal. A perfect fusion of the east-west cuisine, the green tea infuse cake comes together with vanilla ice cream and azuki red beans. White chocolate fondant was used, which makes this lava cake THE lava cake. Betcha can see now why it's a must-have when you come and visit the restaurant!

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They have a very cosy setting that I really like, a great place to hold parties and all the better with the awesome food they have!

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Thanks for the invitation Darren! If you're lucky to spot him while dining there, do say hi!

Babette Restaurant & Bar
Babette Facebook
165 Tyrwhitt Road, #01-03, Parc Sovereign Hotel, Singapore 207569
(5-10 min walk from Lavender MRT, near Chye Seng Huat)
Tel: +65 6341 7727
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Black & White: The Dawn of Justice Movie Review

After watching the first movie of Black & White, I was very excited to be given an opportunity to attend the premiere of Black and White: The Dawn of Justice Gala Premiere at Vivocity GV. Director’s Tsai (蔡岳勳) and Actor’s Mark Chao (趙又廷) of the movie made an appearance at the premiere for fans meet as well as the press conference in Singapore.

Personally, I would rate this movie 2.5 against 5 stars. In terms of cinematography, Asian movies are slowly catching up with Hollywood films. With a style like Michael Bay's, lots of explosives can be expected in this action-packed movie. The visual effect however can be a little better, I feel. The storyline is pretty cool and humour can be expected in the movie, they did justice to the actors' past experience. Also, Fann Wong's husband Christopher Lee made a cameo appearance as a high-ranking officer in the movie! Do check out the trailer and synopsis below:

Police officer in the Southern Precinct, WU Ying-xiong, has been revered as a hero in the Harbor City ever since he stopped the terrorists on a Boeing 777 airplane and kept the city safe. Panic spreads the whole city as a series of bomb explosions happen within hours and this is just the beginning of a tight-knit conspiracy.

Righteous and impulsive, Wu is paired up with the intelligent but arrogant loner CHEN Zhen to track down the mastermind behind the bombing incidents. During the investigation, they find the clues are linked to a freeway kidnapping case. Worst of all, they find the next suicide bomber is XU Da-fu, a criminal who once helped Wu solve the airplane crisis and secretly ran away with his girlfriend Qiao-qing by faking death with Wu’s assistance.

Soon Wu and Chen will discover that the bombings are just the prelude to a massive destruction. Stolen military missiles are now aimed at the Harbor City; moreover, a deadly virus is about to breakout, which is so highly contagious that it can devour the whole world in 14 days. All the chaos is planned by the Nightwalkers—a secret assassination squad which used to serve the highest government officials. Facing the unprecedented crisis, the two-men team of totally opposite characteristics is the only hope to reverse the situation. Nonetheless, when moral standards are turned upside down, what faith should they keep to maintain the so-called justice?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clover Films Upcoming Movies

As a movie buff, I am always on the lookout for upcoming movies! Clover Films has allowed a sneak peek of the upcoming movies by inviting several bloggers including myself, to the event held at Fullerton Hotel.

Those Asian movies like Jackie Chan blockbuster 'CZ12' and John Woo’s 'Reign of Assassins' that you see in the cinemas? Yeap, they were distributed and produced by Clover Films that was established in 2009.



With thanks to Kevin and Clover Films, I'm going to catch 'Black and White: The Dawn of Justice' !

Panic spreads the whole city as a series of bomb explosions happen within hours and this is just the beginning of a tight-knit conspiracy. Righteous and impulsive, Wu Ying-Xiong is paired up with the intelligent but arrogant loner Chen Zhen to track down the mastermind behind the bombing incidents. Soon Wu and Chen will discover that the bombings are just the prelude to a massive destruction. Stolen military missiles are now aimed at the Harbour City; moreover, a deadly virus is about to breakout, which is so highly contagious that it can devour the whole world in 14 days. All the chaos is planned by the Nightwalkers—a secret assassination squad which used to serve the highest government officials...

Here's the trailer:

Super excited to see Mark Chao and Lin Genxin on the big screen!!!!

The upcoming movies are:

Kungfu Jungle (一个人的武林), My Geeky Nerdy Buddies, The Golden Era (黄金时代),Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2 ,Haemoo, Black & White:The Dawn of Justice(痞子英雄:黎明再起)

Kungfu Jungle
Martial arts instructor (Donnie Yen) working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer (Wang Baoqiang) starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in exchange of his freedom.

My Geeky Nerdy Buddies
Otaku (Jam Hsiao) and his roommate Mr. Cheap (Da Peng) are known as the ultimate geeks of their university. Like any other guys, their goal is to fall in love with their girls of their dreams. To get close to their goddess, Mr. Cheap pretends to be a spoiled rich kid, appearing everywhere Mei (Xie Na) goes. Meanwhile, Otaku tries to create a chance to talk to class beauty Ling (Maggie Jiang) by running into her in the hallway, only to have his plan fail awkwardly.
The school’s legendary couples party is fast approaching, and the only person to show up without a date will be etched on the “pillar of shame” and be mocked forever. To avoid this catastrophic fate, Otaku and Mr. Cheap decide to put away lame disguises and try winning their goddesses over by being sincere and earnest, and a fierce battle for love is about to kick off...."

The Golden Era
Born into a land-owning family in Manchuria, Xiao Hong's mother died when she was young. Her estrangement from her tyrannical father sparked a long quest for an independent and emotionally satisfying life. Rescued from destitution by hard-drinking fellow writer Xiao Jun, their fraught and competitive relationship brought her more heartache than joy...

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
As soon as Shen Ran loses his ingénue of a girlfriend Zixin to an architect, he revert to his usual womanizer self with a vengeance. He starts hitting on every pretty girl that crosses his path until he met the stock market maverick Yang Yang, whom is as gorgeous as she is talented…

Haemoo
HAEMOO is about a group of fishermen who are driven into madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal migrants ends in a horrible tragedy. Six crew members – led by the captain, ‘Wan-ho’(Moon Sung-geun) who had an eventful life and lives hidden on the boat. To the naive and youngest crew member ‘Dong-shik’(Park Yoochun) who just started working aboard the ship recently– begin their dream of having their boat with a full load of fish. However on the open sea, they are transporting something, it is not meat but human beings! An unknown ‘sea fog’ to which they cannot see what’s in front of themselves comes down and they become swept into an uncontrollable accident…

Monday, September 22, 2014

9th edition of N.E.mation! - Top 10 team selection

The 9th edition of N.E.mation! is here! A competition organised by Nexus for youths to turn their ideas about Total Defense into animation, the one-week selection here is to bring out the top 10 teams with ideas that are closest to the theme! During the call-for-entry phase, the top 100 teams had been selected for this one-week selection where they will be coached to refine and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. During this very exciting process, 90 teams will be eliminated to bring out the top 10 teams!

These are the themes for Singapore's 50th anniversary:

  1. Believing in Singapore: Because This is Home
  2. Pioneers
  3. Forward-looking
  4. SAF50

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STLC George Goh, representative from Nexus and also one of the 4 judges for the selection giving a short speech before revealing the top 10 teams. And here we go!

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One more cheer for everyone who made it into the top 22! It was very difficult to decide who gets to be in the top 20 so this year was an exception, allowing 2 more teams to be in the top 20.

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The top 10 teams coming in your way!

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The ecstatic moment where this team found out that they will remain in the top 10. Several teams were called out and at every round, only few teams could stay in the competition. Sitting there, I couldn't help but marvel at the organisers whom did a really fantastic job at pumping up the atmosphere!

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Between this two teams, one of them would have to leave while the other one remains in the top 10. Both of the teams were very nervous; they grasp their team mates in hopes of remaining in the top 10, the other team held on tightly to their symbol of the team (the lemon of course). And who will it be?
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The Elemonators! I can tell that the initial reaction was disbelief and shock, like 'wut?'

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And they hugged each other knowing that they would endure the long journey ahead with each other's encouragement and support.

It was a tough fight between the top 22 teams, we all know it because the judges took nearly 2 hours to deliberate the final top 10 teams. Be it the ones who stayed or the ones who left, tears streamed down their faces. It was a memorable experience and no regrets for those who had to leave, it was not easy to make it to the top 22 in the first place.
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And with that being said, this year was a little more special. The teams who managed to make it there to the top 22 were all given medals as a token of participation.

As the selection came to an end, we can now reveal all out top 10 teams who will remain in the competition! Here they are:
1. Acrylics from Raffles Instituition
2. AlphaCrescent from Crescent Girls’ School
3. Believed Beliefs from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
4. Chunky Monkeys from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School
5. Elemonators from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
6. HigherThanYou from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School
7. IDK from Raffles Girls School (Secondary)
8. JJKN59 from Kent Ridge Secondary School
9. Millennium Dragons from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School
10. wasd from Commonwealth Secondary School

Curious about how they really felt during the elimination round, I managed to talk to one of the teams who got into the top 10.
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This is AlphaCrescent from Crescent Girls' School. They are all schoolmates in the same CCA, and very excited for the next phase of the competition! All of them were in total disbelief when the results came out, they thought other teams had better ideas but it must have been their presentation and sincerity that won the judges' heart!

Image from Isiah who caught this special moment
Even though the journey ahead can put girls' friendship to a test, AlphaCrescent told me that they have faith that they will be able to make it through and will be giving their best efforts for it, even if it meant forgoing their holidays!

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Now that we finally have our top 10 teams, it's time to move on to the next phase!
The teams will be spending three weeks of their school holidays in November working on the animation and in between this period, they will be attending pre-animation production and workshops to help them in their final product.

All the best to all the teams! For updates of the competition, do visit N.E.mation! 9 official site and subscribe to the Facebook page!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cavalia gallops to Singapore!

The world renowned Cavalia horses has galloped to town! Many white tents were set up right beside Marina Bay Sands Shoppe, housing the Cavalia horses and its magnificent performances riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians. This creation of Cavalia by Normand Latourelle, one of the co-founders of famed Cirque du Soleil, displays a fresh mix of acrobatics, dance, aerial stunts and live music. A lot of work went on behind the scenes to prepare for its big day in Singapore:

As Cavalia takes place under a 2,440-square-metre big top and 35 metres in height, audiences can expect to a single 50 metre-wide stage that allows the horse to gallop at full speed!

The horses galloping together with their trainers and exciting acrobatic moves in front of a digital screen that constantly changes its image. 20 projectors were used to achieve this magical effect!

Such a magnificent show cannot be missed! The show itself is very magical and captivating, not just wonderful acrobatic moves but also appreciating the horses' beauty as well. I think a lot of big words are overused in the review of Cavalia but they do live up to reputation, it is a very beautiful show that shows the bond between humans and horses.

With thanks to Base Entertainment, I was being invited to the show together with Jessie, Kevin and Clarrisa. Don't miss the show!
Event Date:
12 Aug - Sun, 28 Sep 2014
Tue - Fri: 7.30pm
Sat: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sun: 12pm & 5.30pm
Sat and Sun (20 and 21 Sep 2014): 1pm

Venue:
Bayfront Ave next to Marina Bay Sands
Ticket Pricing:
(Excludes Booking Fee)
Rendez-Vous VIP Premium: S$308
Redez-Vous VIP Silver: S$288
Horse Lover (First Row): S$248
Horse Lover: S$228
Category 5: S$188
Category 6: S$148
Category 7: S$118
Category 8: S$88
Partially Obstructed: S$58

If you really love horses, there's a two packages available for you!
RENDEZ-VOUS VIP
allows access to the private RENDEZ-VOUS VIP Lounge 90 minutes before the show, during the intermission and after the show
Center-row seats
VIP Pass
Wide variety of complimentary food and beverages
Dessert, coffee and tea served during intermission
Exclusive stable tour after the show
Cavalia souvenir from our boutique

HORSE LOVER
The best choice to see the horses up close.
Front rows seats
Exclusive stable tour after the show

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shoes from Zalora

Shoes shoes and more shoes! My love for nice shoes is so much that one shoe cabinet is simply not enough! There is a strange kind of mood booster whenever I purchase a new pair of shoes, a refreshing air of confidence in every stride taken with new shoes.

If you are feeling bored right now, join me and start shopping online for shoes at awesome prices! Here's a few picks from Zalora's shoes section:

Kitten Heel Pumps with Patent Piping at S$29.90


 Crossover Pointed Pump by ZALORA at S$27.90


Canvas Ballerina Flats by ZALORA at S$12.90

Also,head over to read Zalora's online magazine as they introduce their own style, own brand and popular picks for online shoppers! Do you know that Zalora also recently launched their very own brand? Their in-house collection consists of local and international designs, debuting it online exclusively on Zalora. Their fashion is periodically updated for the latest style, and guess what's more awesome? Simply subscribe to their newsletter and enjoy $10 off your purchase, so head over and start SHOPPING!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mcdonald's McWrap

About two weeks back, I was invited to Mcdonald's #UnWrapTheFun launch party. You might have guessed it, it is being launched already and known as the Mcdonald's McWrap.
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The idea was to have a healthy 500-calorie meal at Mcdonald's, which is pretty cool as many had claim to be impossible from a fastfood restaurant. The proposed 500 calories meal was a combination of the newly launched McWrap with a corn cup and Coke Zero, all this at 501 calories. There is no doubt to the freshness of the ingredients and with a mere few words, your McWrap is ready within minutes.
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The McWrap is a 10-inch, white-flour tortilla wrapped around 3 pieces of chicken (grilled or “crispy”), lettuce, shredded red and white cabbage, sliced carrots, tomatoes, and McDonald’s special chargrilled sauce or creamy mayonnaise. The grilled chicken promised to be equally tasty despite the skin removal. With an easy-to-go packaging, the meal is pretty fuss-free if you ask me.


Remember to have a healthy meal, McWrap is in stores on 14th August 2014! In the mean time,I shall have my very own McWrap!

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Chewing halfway when I took this photo,hehe!