Sunday, November 29, 2015

SG Heart Map @ Float

SG50 is a year long celebration, SG Heart Map is one of the SG50 programmes. 

SG Heart Map is the first-ever crowd-sourced map of the nation’s ‘heart’ and special moments we hold. A time for us to celebrate these places. I was here together with my lovely girls to see the exhibition.

Us attempting jump shot. 
So fun.

Home is where the heart is.
Everyone has a special place which we hold close to our heart. There are places in Singapore that will always be meaningful and special to each of us. All these places and memories are the reasons why Singapore is home.

Part of the reason why we were at the festival was to support Tracy, she was working at the festival.
So thankful to know all of them and we shared many wonderful experience together.

With the famous panda of Singapore.
Looking at the panda reminded of my trip to River Safari. I went to River Safari 3 times, twice with friends and one with family. Memories came flooding back.

The pop-up illustrations showcased future city vision created by students. This is the imaginative future of Singapore.

This is one of my favourite homescapes because home is a place close to our heart.
It showcased the theme of home with many untold stories of the common and ordinary in our midst.

Thanks Meryl for all the group photos.
Through the festival, I get a deeper understanding about home.

I went to the dome together with Tracy to watch the projection show while the rest of the girls went to explore around. Some of the stories are very touching. All these stories come together in a living, growing map created by all who call Singapore home.

We didn't stay there for long , probably 50 minutes to an hour. The sky has turn gloomy again, looked like it gonna rain soon. See you girls soon again.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

iChef The Cathay Outlet Media Launch

Woohoo, iChef has just unveiled its second retail store at The Cathay.

iChef is a brainchild of Suki Group, it is one of Singapore online grocery sellers which was listed in Qoo10 in 2012. Throughout these years, the brand has grown from strength to strength. Customers can purchase premium-grade ingredients used at popular restaurants. These ingredients are imported from countries around the world including Japan, Argentina and Norway. 

Perfect solution during these festive seasons with Christmas and New Year approaching. We can now organised a party right at our home with home-cooked food.

I was at the launch of iChef The Cathay outlet held at Nihon Mura.

Consumers can visit the retail store at The Cathay or iChef’s flagship store at Suki Group’s headquarters in Tai Seng to purchase the ingredients. Alternatively, we can also make an order and self-collect the items at all Nihon Mura outlets.

iChef will also be launching its brand-new website (www.ichef.com.sg) this December. The new web interface is user-friendly and customers can be assured of a safe online shopping session. All the exquisite ingredients will be delivered right to our doorstep. The brand also offers several pick-up points for us to collect the orders.

iChef launched a brand-new menu replete with affordable and special Christmas must-haves. 
There are three hampers available for selection with price starting from S$98: Chicken; Sashimi; Chicken / Seafood editions. 


Chicken Hamper (S$98)

A choice of two chicken delights: 
- Shrimp Paste Chicken with secret recipe marinade 
- Cajun Chicken Chop for an exotic taste 
- Lemongrass Chicken for a familiar homely flavour 
- Panko Chicken
- Chicken Karaage

The hamper comes with Potato Croquette, Wagyu Beef and choice of Durian Puffs or Éclairs.

Chicken / Seafood Hamper (S$225)

Feast with the Premium Ikura: salmon fish roes imported from Japan. The irresistible Panko Chicken boasts a crispy exterior and juicy inside. Have Takoyaki, Osaka’s most popular street snack, right at home. The Raw White Shrimps can be prepared in any culinary style you like: baked, grilled or steamed.

The hamper also comes with Wagyu Beef, Raw Scallop and Snow Crab Leg Meat.

Sashimi Hamper

You can enjoy the Snow Crabs imported from Greenland and Argentina Deep Prawns with their succulence textures. The Salmon Belly is rich in omega-3 and takes only a few minutes of defrosting before it can be enjoyed. 

Other items in this hamper include Salmon Sashimi, Sashimi Oyster, Premium Ikura and choice of Durian Puffs or Éclairs.


At the launch, there was a cooking demonstration by Chef Pang from Taiwan. An audience was picked to be his assistant and prepared the dish on his behalf.

Egg with prawn prepared by the female audience.

Chef Pang was showcasing one of the dishes too.
Little did I know, Chef Pang was the chef for late President Chiang Ching-kuo.

After the demonstration, here comes the start of our feast:

Salmon & Ikura Salad

The salmon used for the sashimi is one of the most premium grade that ensure highest standard of freshness and quality.

Ikura also known as salmon roe is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. It is already seasoned with Shoyu, Japanese soy sauce and mirin when imported from Japan.

 I must say the salad was really appetizing. The taste was just right, not too creamy. Healthy and refreshing salad to kickstart our meal. 

Have a toast with our salad. 
Thanks Jasmine for the photo.

Snow crab and cooked prawn

Snow Crab is one of iChef's star products. They were caught from Greenland, boiled and then individually quick frozen. This ensures the freshness and the quality of the crab. The snow crab tasted really good, the meat was succulent and tender, and tasted sweet at the same time.

The Argentina prawns are naturally red in colour. They are wild caught in the deep sea and immediately individually quick frozen. No chemicals are injected into the prawns. Just like the snow crab, the prawns tasted sweet and fresh.

Aka Ebi Mentai, Salmon Teriyaki and Cream Sauce Scallop

Aka Ebi Mentaiko is also known as Mentaiko Red Shrimp. When grilled, the combination of the mentaiko with mayonnaise, gives a tangy and charred flavour that is addictive.

I like the Cream Sauce Scallop the best in this dish, it made me went nuts. It tasted really good and yummy, just like how it looked in the photo. Even Meryl who doesn't eat scallop find that it tasted delicious. The secret lies in the sauce used, it added flavour to the overall taste.

Dory Katsu, Oyster Katsu, Ika Karaage and Shrimp Paste Chicken

The fried food got me excited because fried food is my favourite.

The Shrimp Paste Chicken was fried until golden-brown. The chicken was marinated with a secret recipe. Another item that we agreed were good was Oyster Katsu. It was crispy on the outer and juicy on the inner. Super addictive.

Durian puffs and Éclairs

Dessert to round up our sumptuous dinner. Durian is one of our local favourite and the durian puffs were well loved by us.

With Jasmine at the launch, haven't seen her for quite awhile. 
Time for some catch up.

For more information, visit http://www.qoo10.sg/shop/ichef

I-CHEF THE CATHAY 
2 Handy Road #B1-K2 
The Cathay S229233

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen at Forum Shopping Mall

Credits to Fif.

Right after our Microsoft event ended at MAD Museum of Art & Design, we were having discussion on where to have our dinner. We were discussing right outside the museum, looking at our phone for ideas on whether to go Wisma or Forum.

Just then, a couple approached us asking if we were going to Forum. I then realised that he thought we were lost. We stood still looking at our phones, in discussion and saying out the word "Forum". We told the guy that we were checking on app to find out the choices we have for dinner at nearby. Then he said, "Ask me, I am the app".
He was really helpful, haven't meet such a helpful person for a long time.

In the end, we decided to go for California Pizza Kitchen because Tracy has 'buy one get one free' deal from Entertainer App. We ordered 3 main course and get the other 3 free to share among the 6 of us.

Pepperoni pizza.

Peking Duck pizza.
This was my favourite of all. The pizza was toppled with fried wanton strips. It tasted crispy with each bite of the pizza. It was so marvelously. 

Kung Pao Spaghetti.
My second favourite. This dish was a fusion of Western and Chinese style. The Chinese classic with garlic and red chili. It turned out to be delicious and flavourful. 

Chicken and mushroom spaghetti.

We were that 3 pizza and 3 spaghetti will be too much for us, so we ordered chicken for the remaining 2 main course.

We never have such a gathering dinner for a long time. It was really nice to catch up and unwind ourselves from work.

After our hearty dinner, we took a stroll back to Orchard Station.
Right outside Forum, we spotted this lovely horse carriage. This made me think of Cinderella in her pumpkin carriage.

Christmas is just round the corner, are you looking forward to it?
Yes I am. Definitely looking forward to the long weekend.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Launch

The latest addition to the Surface family – Surface Pro 4 – is here in Singapore.

This tablet can be replace with our laptop, it gets thinner, lighter and faster.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 takes what people love about Surface Pro 3 and makes improvements, packing more power and performance into the thinnest, lightest Surface Pro yet. It runs full Microsoft Office and bring the best of Windows 10 to life including Windows Hello, Surface Pen and Microsoft Edge.

During the launch, we were given an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the Surface Pro 4, allowing us to find out how it is one of the best mobile computing device with the portability of a tablet and the power of a laptop.

With my lovely girls at the event. Photo taken using Jasmine selfie phone.
Thank you Microsoft for having us at the event.

At only 8.4mm thin, Surface Pro 4 features Windows 10 Pro, a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and 6th Generation Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 processors, enabling everyone from students to professionals to get more things done on the go.

In the IT savvy generation, many wish to get a new 2-in-1 tablet or laptop device. The Surface Pro 4 is a great device that combines the portability of a tablet with the power of a laptop in a single, sleek and light form factor.

It is also perfect for people who place a premium on portability, yet require more productivity and performance out of their devices. Mainly for mobile professionals or people in business environments who need high levels of corporate access, data security and central manageability.

The redesigned Surface Pen packs 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, letting you write, draw and mark documents with precision ink on one end and an eraser on the other.

Price -S$94

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover allows you to change from tablet to laptop in an instant, featuring a redesigned mechanical keyboard with optimal key spacing for fast and fluid typing.

Price - S$199

Surface Pro 4 is not only 30 percent more powerful than Surface Pro 3 but is also quieter, runs cooler and is even more efficient with up to nine hours of battery life.

Surface Pro 4 is available at microsoftstore.com, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, Newstead and authorised commercial resellers. The price starts from S$1,399. 

For more information, pls visit www.microsoft.com/surface/sg

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