Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Right after Christmas and Chinese New Year, the next big occasion would be Valentine's Day, the day when most girls rate their boyfriends and 'fight' an unspoken war with their fellow sissies. Not too sure about you gentlemen out there, but I do bask in the joy of the occasion but has never believed in declaring my love towards my partner on just one particular day.

We all know how stressful Valentine's Day can be for us guys. All the planning of dining location, staycation and even gift ideas, could potentially kill us. Maybe I can give you a hand here with a few personal dining locations (in chronological order starting from the least expensive), considering the fact that I do not really have expensive taste buds.  


Perfect location for the romantic-goers. Imagine having dinner by the sea, with great view of Singapore's landscape and looking up into the sky filled with stars, you also get to see planes taking off every 15 minutes or so. If you are lucky, there is also a live band! 


The best timing to visit this place is around 5:30pm, when it is not too hot (after all it is non-sheltered and open space) and you and your love one are just in time to watch the sun set. Definitely a great spot to take your Valentine Day's shot! What I also really love about this place, is the affordable prices, nothing extravagant, and the fact that it is not known to many people! This means that you get to spend a peaceful Valentine's Day for a change. 


Operating Hours:

Monday to Sunday: 12.00pm - 12.00am
Happy Hour: 12.00pm - 11.00pm (Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays)

Cost: $$

Address: 11 Changi Coast Walk, Singapore 499740

For enquiries or reservations: 6214 9168


Still keeping it affordable, I have Jubilee Coffee House & Bar next in line. This bistro is the sister company of The Coastal Settlement, whose price range is on the higher end of the spectrum. At Jubilee's they serve Asian Fusion food, with find touches of local taste in it, even with Western dishes!


If you are looking for a unique dining option, Jubilee's could just be the perfect choice! Take a look at its vintage interior, which reflects perfectly the olden Singapore houses. Of course, located right at Changi and in an old double-storey military house, you're about to find yourself travelling back in time. 

Who knows? Maybe your partner and yourself may dress up in Cheongsam (for the ladies) and Changsan (for the men) and spend a lovely and out-of-the-box Valentine's Day! 


Operating Hours:

Monday to Friday: 10.30pm - 12.00am (Friday till 1.00am)
Saturday & Holiday Eve: 9.30am - 1.00am
Sunday & Public Holidays: 9.30am - 10.30pm

Cost: $$

Address: 580 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508516

For enquiries: 6543 0060


Taking a step up the ladder, I would be recommending this bistro call Caffé B, located at Marina Bay Sands. The though of MBS would have definitely turned you off, thinking "Didn't he said it would be affordable?!"

Trust me, they are. 

Caffé B is a Japanese-Iatlian fusion restaurant, where you get to savour contemporary and premium Italian cuisine, infused with Japanese finesse. Not to mention its fine stellar stocked with fine Italian and unique Japanese wines. Do check out their 3-course set lunches as well, which are really worth the money (around $40 max), given the quality and quantity of food that you are getting! 

Of course, the price does not compromise the atmosphere, I mean just look at the ambience! Your love and yourself would never believe just how affordable everything is here, given the package that you are receiving. Once you are done dining, you may continue to savour your wine in the bistro itself, or you may head upstairs to a semi-open space to relax at their bar. 


Operating Hours:

Restaurant
Lunch: 12.00pm - 3.00pm 
Dinner: 6.00pm - 10.00pm

Bar
Sunday to Wednesday: 11.00am - 12.00am
Thursday to Saturday: 11.00am - 2.00am

Cost: $$$

Address2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-15 & 01-83 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Bay Sands, 018972

For enquiries or reservations: 6887 3311 (Restaurant), 6222 2329 (Bar) or email contact@caffeb.com.sg 


I am really very excited to introduce to you Cook And Brew, my favourite restaurant for 2 years already. There are few factors that contributed to the choice: Nice ambience, affordable price and great scenic view of Singapore/CDB area from the restaurant!

If you were to google the place, you would be amazed at how nicely done-up the place is and the quality of service they provide. I really cannot find any words to describe how in love I am with the place. In the day, natural lighting fills up the whole restaurant that makes it a perfect spot Instagram lovers, and when the sun sets it transforms into this dimly-lited and romantic space. 


Cook And Brew is famous for their extensive menu of cocktails and food (both local and Western dishes). My personal favourite would be their Slow-Roasted Canadian Pork Chop (600g), as shown above. It is not your typical tiny slab of pork chop, but a whole chunk of it! Yumz. 

Of course, they do provide lunch and dinner set menus as well. And if you have a great appetite, your partner and yourself may order a serving of Surf and Turf, and you would be good with a dinner for 2! Pst, their beef literally melts in your mouth and trying getting them at medium-rare, the perfect way to savour beef. 


Operating Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 11.00am - 12.00am
Friday: 1.00am - 11.00pm
Saturday: 5.00pm - 12.ooam
Sunday: Open for private events

Cost: $$$

Address: 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, Singapore 018961

For enquiries or reservations: 6922 6948 or email cookandbrew.singapore@westin.com 


Last on the list would be Sky on 57 by Celebrity Chef Justin Quek. Truth to be told, this option is not exactly cost-saving, but I placed in the my Top 5 Picks because it is value-for-money. Like the name suggest, this restaurant is located at the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands, featuring terrace-bar with an amazing view of Singapore, while being served with an Asian-Fusion menu. 

My family and I do frequent this place a lot, especially for their high-tea, which I highly recommend you gentlemen to bring your partner to if you can. And, it is not terribly expensive. In fact, they cost around the same as what you are paying at TWG.


It would be marvellous to pamper your darling on this very special day at this classy restaurant, which won't burn a big hole in your pocket. Just imagine talking about life of the both of you, while sipping on some wine while overlooking Singapore as the cool breeze brushes past both your faces. Romantic~


Operating Hours:

Kindly check HERE

Cost: $$$$

Address10 Bayfront Avenue, Level 57, Sands Skypark Tower 1, Marina Bay Sands, 018956

For enquiries or reservations: 6688 8857 or email skyon57@marinabaysands.com 


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Hope you guys have a lovely Valentine's Day with your love ones!
Do share with me if you have may other recommendations that are worth mentioning.

For those who are single, do not be sad on this day because there is NO reason to feel so.
You can definitely spend it with ANYONE that you love, friends or even family! 

Cheer up, because love will be on its way. And when it does, you can't stop it *wink*



*Some images used are found online

Tuesday, January 31, 2017



6 years have zoomed by so fast. By 6 years, I meant the time that I have invested in social media and trying to carve something out of it. It has definitely been an arduous journey and along the way, I have met a lot of people in different industries and also the different nature that each individual possesses. Both good and bad. 

If you were to ask me how I would fare myself on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being the best) of my achievements in this 'industry', I would rate myself a 6. Of course, in comparison to many 'influencers' today, I am nowhere near their standards or calibre but, if you would to categorise me with male influencers, I really consider myself to be really fortunate. 

I am not entirely sure about other countries but in Singapore, the influencer scene is predominated by females, who are achieving much more than us boys. Typically, girls tend to rise to fame at a faster rate than boys, and they garner much more attention too much easily. To me, I actually came to the conclusion that male influencers have to put in much more effort in curating their content and more than often not, we need to have certain charm or talent in order to captivate anyone's attention. 

Many of the male influencers in Singapore are mostly talented. We have Benjamin Kheng and Nathan Hartono, whom I would refer both as artistes rather than influencers actually, who are really good in music. Yutakis is one of the most talented photographer who produced astounding visuals for his followers. Of course, there are also many more talented individuals out there but they went unnoticed. It seems as though that Lady Luck is much of a feminist who takes side with the ladies. Truth to be told, there are many female influencers with relatively normal content, even on Instagram, yet they are getting tons of followers and engagements from brands too.

It is as though social media is no longer a subject that could be understood. Or rather, the individuals that are using it. 

With a lot of changes being made to Instagram recently, it has made it a much tougher job for influencers to reach out to a greater audience. Engagement rates have dropped drastically. What really constitutes to something that is worth the attention of others? I am not a very artistic person, thus it is a very tough job for me to curate visuals that are captivating. I am also not the best 'model' that you can find online. And I am definitely not a fashion icon, whom you can look up to for advices. 

It just seems that the results of my half-fucked achievement is due to the fact that I am not focusing on any areas for my readers, which resulted in scattered audience/followers. 

We all have no idea how long influencers will be a thing or when it will die out. In the meantime, I really hope to find an area that I can focus on, so that it will aid me in my content creation. At least there is something that I can focus on wholeheartedly. I want to make sure that there is something within me that can sparked off any interest in brands towards my platforms and myself. 

If you guys have any constructive suggestions, do drop me a DM on Instagram, comment on this blog post or even on my FB page! Love all of you! 



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


It has always been a source of excitement and pleasure to receive a parcel at your doorstep after a long day at work. But, it is an even greater joy to see a Starbucks parcel, something that you can't really buy from the store or anywhere. 

For this, I would have to express my gratitude and appreciation to the folks from Starbucks and Edelman Singapore once again. Always a pleasure to work with/for you guys! 

This time round, the package is more elaborated, with 4 helium balloons attached to it. Come on, don't kid yourself because EVERYONE appreciates some balloons, yea? 


Tadah! Starbucks Singapore has kindly offered me a GOLD Membership Card and I am digging it! I really appreciates clients or anyone who puts in a lot of effort in preparing a package for their receiver! Although they are only presenting me with a Gold Membership Card, just look at the amount of effort they placed in presenting their package! Love it. 



I am not too sure about how the Gold Membership works because I have never been so obsessed with Starbucks until the Teavana series was launched, and needless to mention, my all-time favourite drink now is the Iced Matcha and Espresso Fusion! Still waiting for Starbucks to enforce the Peppermint Mocha as a regular menu item soon hehe. 


Starting from today, Starbucks Singapore has revamped their Starbucks Rewards™ program, bringing greater joy for all of us, with their awesome benefits!

Beginning today, members of the Starbucks Rewards™ program will receive 1 Star for every dollar spent with their registered Starbucks Card at participating Starbucks stores in Singapore to earn rewards. All Starbucks Rewards™ members will also be entitled to one complimentary beverage with every 60 Stars earned. All members will maintain their current membership status.

Customers can also look forward to these exciting benefits of the new Starbucks Rewards™: 

  • Welcome Level members will enjoy a Buy-One Get-One beverage promo upon registration
  • Green and Gold Level members will enjoy a complimentary slice of cake on their birthday month with any beverage purchased
  • Gold Level members will enjoy a complimentary beverage on their birthday month 
  • Gold Level members will have a choice of redeeming a free drink or food item with every 60 Stars


I really can't wait to start using my new Gold Starbucks Card, after receiving so much compliment from the baristas on how gorgeous my Starbucks Reserve Card was! 

Now guys, start aiming for your Starbucks Gold and join me on this golden journey! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016





There are tons of cafes around Singapore, and I am sure there are more popping up over the next few years. To me, a good café needs to serve good coffee and of course, the ambience must be comfortable and relaxing! After all, most of the time, we are paying for the ambience rather than the food itself, isn't it?

What really attracts me to a café is also the way it is being operated and I must say that I am truly impressed by how Jess manages her café - Shiberty Bakes!
I am sure that many of you would be familiar with Jess, or her online presence (Shiberty). It is amazing how this gorgeous lady, whom I got to finally meet recently at an event, managed to open a café at such a young age after selling her gorgeous cakes through her blog few years back! Not to mention how she puts in effort and love in everything she bakes and serve to all her customers.
Thanks to Jess and Nicholas, I had the honor of going down to the café to try out their new menu! I have to clarify that I am not paid to write this post, and I am just sharing my experience with you guys :)



Located just beneath a HDB estate, lies this humble and cosy café. Nothing too extravagant, yet totally Instagrammable one. I brought one of my close friends along with me, given that he is the only one who doesn't need to work, well who else fits the bill right? Haha.

We started off with ordering our drinks and we had the Hazlenut Ice Blended Coffee and a Strawberry Cheesecake Loaded Smoothie. I had the former, and I really love the taste of it! It is thick and not too water, as most cafes tend to over dilute the ice blended beverage, and the aroma of the hazelnut and coffee is very pleasant.

My friend had the smoothie, and I had a few mouthfuls. I would say that it is not too sweet, which I prefer. That implies that it is not too overwhelming in taste that you get sick of it easily. Not to mention that their beverages came in huge portion! If you are ordering the smoothie, maybe you can share it with your buddy, so that you can have more tummy space for their extensive menu of yummy food. 




For appetisers, we had House Wings, one of the new menu items, and isn't that like the most brainless appetisers to have in all meals? Definitely won't go wrong and I must say that Shiberty Bakes does not disappoint you even with such a simple dish. I love them because they are not too oily, yet the taste of the wings are not compromised. Also, it is sprinkled with seaweed, which Jess sits down and cuts them into strip herself! I witnessed it hahahaha!  


Next up, we had another new item - Kimchi Pizza. I got to be honest that I was quite sceptical about having dishes like kimchi pizza or kimchi pancake, because they tend to be very dry and it seems as though they poured in the whole packet of flour to create the dish. AND this applies to authentic Korean restaurants that I've visited thus far.
However, when I plunged my teeth into this Kimchi Pizza, I was more than surprised! It was really moist and yummy! I got to say that this was my favourite dish for the whole meal, no kidding! It seems like they managed to strike a balance between the spiciness and sourness of the kimchi, and the texture of how a pizza should taste like.
THIS IS A MUST TRY!!! REALLY.


The next dish is what my friend and I named as "Ultimate Comfort Food" - Shepherd's Pie. I don't really fancy shepherds pie usually mainly because they tend to be very dry. When they are not moist, it can be rather tough to finish the whole dish, not to mention how filling it could actually be.

The way Shiberty Bakes did it, was quite amazing. The dish was piping hot when it was served and after 15 minutes or so of me trying to take photos of the food, the dish (of course), got cold. BUT that did not drain the moisture (not sure if this is the word to use, am no food blogger) from it. To put it in simpler term, the pie has a very smooth texture and with the meat in it, it really melts in the mouth, totally different from the pies I had last time!

And my friend and I concluded that this is the best dish to have from Shiberty Bakes if you are stuck at home on a rainy day. Wooohoo! Best combo haha.



Remember how famous curry pillows were in Singapore few years back? Basically it is a big loaf of break and the centre is filled with curry chicken! Well, Shiberty Bakes has brought it back, in the form of Chicken Curry Toast

Yumz! Just look at how the curry sauce trickles down the toast. And it is really yummy, especially when you get to the centre of the toast, where the treasure awaits you - ok, they are curry chicken. This is indeed special and nostalgic, at least to me! I think it will be a great dish to have if you are bringing your folks along with you. 


As with veery meal, desserts are the best way to end a meal. We were served 2 different deserts, and indeed, we felt like were challenging our food intake tolerance! They were so nice to serve us a whole load of food for just 2 of us. 

We had the Sticky Date Pudding and Charcoal French Toast and we love the latter!


The toast was so so so so yummy!! There is really no other better words to describe because it is really yummy. The toast was warm and soft, served with ice cream and caramel sauce. Trust me, most people think that with caramel sauce, this dessert must be VERY sweet, well that's what I thought too!

But it is not really that sweet and we really love this dessert a lot. I think that it is very smart of them to use charcoal toast instead of waffles, because to me, it seems to complement better. The only thing I feedback to them was to change the vanilla ice cream to other flavours to enrich the flavour. It could be slightly bias too, because I don't really like vanilla as they seem to taste normal. If I am already increasing my calorie intake, might as well make it worth it right? Haha.


With this, I am concluding my fabulous time spent at Shiberty Bakes! Thank you Jessica and Nicholas for the invite once again. For those who are interested in visiting them, and I do urge you to do so, here is the address:


#01-277, 46 Owen Rd, Singapore 210046


Monday, December 5, 2016


I am sure that a lot of you guys have always wondered how nice it is to always get sponsored stuff as an influencer. Or, have always envied at the amount of opportunities and privilege those influencers get to enjoy.

But, behind those glamorous moments that you’ve witnessed, captured through the camera lens, a lot of hard work has been placed in by these influencers before they are able to get to where they are today. You do know that visually appealing photos and interesting contents do not just pop up in the air for them to pluck, right? Haha.

Now, what about celebrities? My favourite Korean Girl group has got to be Girl’s Generation, who always look so chic and captivating on stage.


But, as the saying goes “ Rome was not built in a day”. A minute of performance on stage, might take years of practice. The K-POP industry has always been a big question mark for us, how do they produce such top-notch artiste groups?

My friend introduced me to this Korean remake of the American hit series called “Entourage”, which enlightens you how the Korean entertainment industry functions, on this app call VIU. In this remake, Lee Kwang Soon from running Man, is one of the main leads, and I am sure it will be damn hilarious!

I always have issue finding a good platform for Korean dramas and I am glad my friend introduced VIU to me because it is entirely FUSS-FREE and FREE! VIU is a freemium service that gives viewers the option of accessing the content for FREE or through a paid subscription, with exclusive privileges at a very affordable price.

As a casual viewer, I am very satisfied with my free access to the contents on VIU!


Not only do you get to watch all the exciting shows for FREE, starting from this week to 11 Dec, the #ViuStarEntourage contest is ongoing. You will stand a chance to win the above luxurious prizes JUST BY BINGE-WATCHING ON VIU!


I am definitely looking forward to watching the Korean remake of Entourage, every Fri & Sat 11pm. If you are interested, you may watch it here too: https://www.viu.com/ott/sg/en-us/vod/31616/Entourage

Once I am done with that, I will be ready to explore Viu’s extensive collections of shows! Hope you will enjoy watching your beloved shows on VIU at home and on-the-go on your mobile devices or tablets!