Saturday, August 27, 2016

Happenings in August - National Day + BBQ Buffet + Nunsaram

Tuesday 9/8/16

Happy National Day!
It's our nation 51st birthday and also a public holiday. Public holiday is what everyone is looking forward to regardless you are studying or working.

So how did I spend my National Day?

Thanks to Helen, I have complimentary movie tickets for Ghostbusters. Met up with J for movie at Plaza Singapura.

Ghostbusters is a reboot of the previous Ghostbuster films,  it has now become a female squad.

Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates wrote a book that proposes the existence of ghosts. A few years later, Erin becomes a lecturer at Columbia University At this moment, her book resurfaces, making her the laughing stock of the university. 

After Manhattan city is invaded by ghosts, proving her belief is real all along, Erin reunites with Abby, and teams up with a nuclear engineer, Jillian Holtzmann, and a subway worker, Patty Tolan, to save the world from an evil and powerful demon.

It was quite a funny and entertaining movie. I enjoyed watching the movie and laughing away, it's nothing scary at all.

After the movie, I went back home to freshen up before making my way down to my cousin's place for gathering and dinner.

Curry chicken with roti was my favourite.
I love eating curry.

Here's what we have for dinner.
Enjoying our dinner while watching the live NDP on television.
It was a nice and simple gathering with my family.


Saturday 20/8/16

Finally weekend was here again.

So sian, my weekend is always packed with rushing assignment deadline. Hence, I decided to take a little break and head out for a satisfying meal.

J chanced upon the buffet deal of $37.90 on facebook, so here we were at Jackpot K Seafood & Cheese BBQ Buffet located at Golden Mile Complex. Recommended to make your reservation first before heading down.

One of their specialties is the nacho cheese sauce and omelette that surrounded the pan.
The cheese sauce dip was great to go with.

Throughout the buffet, we just kept taking the crayfish because that was like the nicest among all. The food was pretty average, nothing special to shout out.

Ended off my meal with cookie and cream ice-cream.

I love catching up with friend over a good meal, enjoying the food while chatting away. Overall, it was still a pretty decent dining.


Saturday 27/8/16

Ready to head to school.
I was having weekend class that Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. So dragging to go school on weekend, especially when I know there will be classroom activity and discussion awaiting me.

After my class, I went over to Westgate to meet KP for nom nom and shopping.

KP brought me to Nunsaram Korean Dessert Cafe to try out their bingsu. The cafe is specialised in korean style snowflake Bingsu.

This was my second time trying out bingsu.

I decided to go for oreo bingsu.

The portion is good for sharing between 2 pax.
We top up to add a scoop of chocolate ice-cream. I'm in love with their bingsu, the ice was very smooth and sweet. I like how the ice melted in my mouth, leaving a sweet and flavoursome finish. Every bite tasted so delicious.

Thanks KP for the belated birthday bingsu treat. I love the oreo bingsu a lot.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hallyu Night with Singtel

I have a great Hallyu Night with Singtel at Barber Shop Timbre.

With many Korean entertainment and dramas on a rise, where is a good place for us to watch our favourite programmes while on-the-go?

Follow me to find out more.

Singtel introduced their latest entertainment offering, CAST, a mobile app that fill our phone with our favourite Korean shows, cartoons, variety programming, Asian content in full HD.

Cast is Singapore's first OTT video portal app that offers thousands of hours of exciting movies, dramas, variety shows and kids' entertainment delivered on Singtel's extensive 4G network.

Singtel Postpaid Mobile Customers can stream your favourite shows from entertainment filled packs including Kids Pack, Asian Hits Pack and Hallyu Pack at a price of S$4.90 per month for each pack with one year contract, customers can opt for a special 1GB data add-one for additional S$3 per month.
For customer without a contract, subscription for each pack will be $6.90 per month.

Customer can also enjoy exclusive promotion on the partners’ apps – including Viu Premium by signing up at CAST to enjoy the latest Korean and Japanese entertainment at the same prices.

Viu Premium Service

It offers the widest selection of latest Korean dramas and variety shows such as Doctors, Lucky Romance, Running Man and Return of Superman, as well as Japanese drama such as A Girl & Three Sweethearts and Love Song.

Being a Viu Premium subscribers, you get to enjoy priority viewing with English and Chinese subtitles as fast as 8 hours after the original telecast with no interruption viewing while using the app.

I'm currently watching Doctors and there are a couple more Korean drama that I want to watch too. The app comes in handy for me.

Hallyu Pack

The place where you can find the best of Korean entertainment from top Korean broadcasters on popular channels ONE, Oh!K and KBS World such as Doctors, W, Running Man, Infinite Challenge and Return of Superman.

Kids Pack

The pack features the Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels along with popular programmes such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Shimmer & Shine, and more. 

This is suitable for daddy and mummy with kids.

Asian Hits Pack

The pack has more than 1,000 hours playing of popular hit movies, entertainment and drama series from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China in their original languages, including blockbusters Helios and Mr Unbelievable.

CAST is available on both Apple IOS devices and Android devices, simply download the app from App Store or Google Play Store. You can also download via My Singtel app.

CAST subscribers get conveniently pay for the subscription through the monthly Singtel bill.

We were treated to a wide buffet spread. My favourite were the kimchi pancakes and salmon.

Our homegrown singer, Kelly Poon, was at the event too. 
She sang 2 songs that night - Korean version of 'Always' and '爱无力'.

I thought that Kelly will sing the Chinese version of 'Always', but she said that since it was Hallyu night, she will sing the Korean version instead. I love this song very much, my favourite OST from Descendants of the Sun. It reminded me of the drama.

爱无力 is my favourite song of Kelly.

最后我们分开了 虽然还是朋友 
但做回朋友的情人 想摆脱关系不太容易

If you watched Descendants of the Sun, you will remember this memorable scene.
Oh yes, I found my Captain Yoo Si Jin ♥

I have a great night with the girls enjoying the Hallyu wave. Thanks Tracy for the photo.

For more information about CAST, please visit www.cast.sg

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Taipei Seoul Cafe Food Tasting

Cafe hopping is one of my favourite pastimes whenever we have big groups gathering. We love going to cafes and order many dishes for sharing, sitting there relax and chill all day long.

I was being introduced to a very interesting cafe:
Taipei Seoul Cafe

A newly opened café that specialized in Taiwanese and Korean cuisines. 

Taipei Seoul Cafe is located at Jalan Leban.
The nearest MRT station is at Ang Mo Kio. After alighting at the station, walked to the bus interchange, hop on to bus 169 and alight at the 7th stop. The shop is located behind SPC petrol station, tiffiny blue logo.

The cafe offered a wide variety of choices ranging from drinks to sides to main courses and dessert.
We were spoilt for choices.

One common thing I like about Taiwan and Korea is their drama series. Guess what?
Taipei Seoul Cafe has special customized drinks that is named after the popular drama series from Taiwan and Korea. The drinks are selling at $10 to $12 a glass.


The cafe has a very cosy and clean interior, make me feel like I'm at home. The white furniture matched well with the blue walls. Taipei Seoul Cafe is a great place to chill out with friends for delicious food and dessert.

I was particularly attracted to their drink stirrer, they looked so pretty in the curve shape. 

Time for a big feast:

Drinks

Monster Coffee

This drink was interesting. It was served with pastel blue base and brown top. After stirring, the colour changed into green.
It has strong coffee taste but not too overpowering.

The drinks serving next was based on popular Taiwan and Korea dramas, I'm sure you guys will be familiar with these drama series.

来自星星的你

This drink really looked like galaxy with sparkling stars. It resembled nail polish with stars and glitters in it, except that everything in the drink was edible. 

绿光森林

Just like the title of the drama, the drink was green in colour. The soda drink tasted refreshing and cool burst of flavours.

冬季恋歌

Ice-cream float with soda.
Did the drink remind you of Winter Sonata?

This was really a huge glass, highly recommended for sharing.

原来是美男 (left) and 原来是美女 (right)

If you are milkshake lover, you might want to go for these drinks. All of us preferred 原来是美女 because it tasted less creamy and girls prefer that.

蔷薇之恋 (left) and 下一站幸福 (right)

Both drinks were equally nice but my favourite was still 下一站幸福. My friends were all saying that drink already will be very 幸福. I love the sweet taste of the drink and the aromatic scents of grapefruit extract. Both drinks were refreshing.

Side dishes

Sour Plum Sweet Potato - $3.50

I love sweet potato fries. They were crispy on the outer and not too oily. It tasted delicious just eating on its own, without dipping any sauce.

Taiwan Popcorn Chicken - $6.50

Popcorn chicken was always one of my all-time favourite snack to have. 
I love it that it was in bite size.

Main courses

Taipei Seoul Cafe offers main courses from Taiwan and Korea. Which one are you a fan of?

Honey Chicken Chop - $14.90

The chicken chop was served together with brocolli and rice. Marinated with honey sauce, the chicken chop has a sweet taste from the honey flavour. Being the first main course we tried, this has garnered good comments from our table.

Korean Spicy Chicken Jigae - $13.90

The spicy chicken definitely spice up my appetite, I enjoyed pairing the chicken slices with the rice to ease the spiciness. Not to be worry, the spiciness of the chicken was not too overwhelming.

Pork Ribs Potato Stew - $13.90

This was my favourite among the Korean dishes. You will never go wrong ordering this, I love the spicy soup base and the generous portion of ingredients served in it, it was filled with bursting flavour. Definitely guarantee a full and satisfying meal.

Golden Chicken Thigh - $13.90

Yet another satisfying dish we tried. The chicken thigh was tender and succulent. The girls loved this very much especially when the chicken thigh was boneless.

Beef Tteokbokki Stew - $13.90

The soup base has a light taste to my liking.

Ham & Cheese Pork Cutlet - $17.90

This was not the normal pork cutlet we always have. Beyond the crispy exterior, it was filled with ham and cheese in it. You could see how cheesy good it was and how the cheese will flow out. Fans of fried food lover, this is for you.

Kimchi Jigae with Pork - $9.90

Yet another bowl filled with generous ingredient. The soup was not very spicy, it added flavours to the pork. However for taste wise, I still prefer Pork Ribs Potato Stew. The soup was really flavoursome and leave me wanting for more.

Desserts

Taipei Seoul Cafe offers a wide range of desserts. Many people came here specially for their desserts. You shall see why.
Because I fall in love with their desserts too, so irresistible. 

From left to right: Tiramichoux - $5.50, Pumpkin Cheesecake - $7 and Lemon Tart - $6.50

The Tiramichoux puff was filled with coffee mousse. It tasted pretty decent and the cocoa powder toppled on it added a strong coffee flavour to the puff. 

Pumpkin cheesecake was my favourite among all. I wasn't a pumpkin lover to begin with, but this cake totally wow-ed me. It has a smooth texture and pleasant flavour with perfect graham cracker crust.

The lemon tart was classic and tangy.

Matcha Tart - $7 and Mixed Berries Yogurt Pie - $6

The matcha tart has a strong green tea flavour that was bittersweet. We all enjoyed this very much.

Never know that Mixed Berries and Yogurt can be make into a pie, the sweetness of the pie was just right.

Among the two, my pick will be matcha tart.

Macaroon Gelato Sandwich - $8.90

This was also the biggest macaroon I ever seen. Being a macaroon and gelato lover, this dessert was something I cannot miss. The best 2 desserts I like can be made into a sandwich, allowing me to enjoy both at once. So delectable that I don't mind having all to myself.

Chocolate Lava Cake - $6

The chocolate lava cake was rich in flavour and fudgy in texture. The gelato was good to eat on its own or you can pair it together the lava cake. I love the rich chocolate taste. 

Waffle with Gelato - $10.90

Waffle with gelato seems like a must to have in every cafe. The waffle with gelato will be perfect if it wasn't served with sorbet gelato. I prefer to go for sweet flavour since the berries were sour in nature.

Ended our tasting with a group photo.

If you are on a hunt for new cafe hopping places, do give a try to Taipei Seoul Cafe. They have a wide variety of food available. Our group enjoyed the food served and the gathering session.

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Start your cafe hopping with Taipei Seoul Cafe now.

Taipei Seoul Cafe
10 Jalan Leban 
Singapore 577551
Operating hours: 12pm to 12am daily

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