Saturday, December 9, 2017

Starting Christmas at ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road

Christmas seems to be coming a little slower this year. Apart from me spending a lot more money (which is kinda of normal), there is barely any festive mood. So it was really cool, when we got to see the light-up of the Christmas Tree (made of up Recycled Bottles, cool right!) at the lobby of ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road.

It was so magical. And with the singing of some Christmas carols along with the their staff, you know what, I am pretty sure someone has sprinkled the the festive mood all over me! Hohoho.

There's no better way to stay merry with food and drinks. Usually, I am quite a herbivore, attacking the fruits and salad section. But during Christmas, the carving section excites me tremendously. And let me tell you a little secret, the meat I had at ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road is the best I had to date.

The side salad beside the Roasted Turkey was so good too! The portions were very generous such that you could try out with different sauces. I didn't have a second serving because I wanted to try everything there (which I didn't) cos the selection was quite plentiful!

And if you are hoping to get to taste our local delights, you are at the right place cos the Chilli Crab and buns were absolutely delish. I would have drank down the gravy as soup if it wasn't for the calories. *Sheepish Face*

I was pretty glad I positioned myself near the laksa booth too cos there was always a long queue. The laksa is a little bit different from the usual cos it doesn't have bean spouts. It was replaced with cucumber which gave it a more refreshing taste. It was unusual but interesting!

Saving the best section for the last - the desserts. I guess apart from the carving section, the Christmas desserts especially the logcakes are always highlights to look out for. Most of the time, I don't usually like everything on the Dessert Table. But this was quite an exception for me! I pretty much love everything.

The chocolate cakes were thick and flavorful. The other Christmas White Chocolate and
Lemon Curd Log Cake had a taste of zest which gave our palettes some variety. I had a slice of each and was happy to see there was nothing overly surfeiting. It was a good mix of sweetness. I will be reviewing their log cake separately so stay tune for that! :D

Overall, the Christmas menu at ParkRoyal@Kitchener Road is surprisingly satisfying. At first glance, it isn't the most fanciful layout, but food-wise there was nothing sub-par. Makes me wonder why their Christmas menu isn't raved in town. It is really one of the best I have had and their price is really affordable too! (It is less than S$50 if you are not having on the eve or the actual day itself! And there is even up to an additional 15% card discount!)

Ending the post wishing you readers an early Merry Christmas. :D I will try to bring the mood up by doing more giveaways the following year. What do you think? HOHOHO, guess the Christmas spirit is always infectious.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Free Drinks at Mr. Coconut

Remember in my last post, I claimed that coconuts were the next hype that were taking over the world. I am pretty sure that my prophecy is coming true cos check this out, they are now bubble tea alternatives. And I am sure liking them as thirst quenchers because they are a lot healthier.

So some fast facts about Mr. Coconut, it is made up of all-natural coconut water. The young coconuts are imported freshly from Thailand, thus the juice are guaranteed to be sweet and the flesh soft. You have the options to up the sugar level for some of the drinks. But why do it when coconuts come with natural sweetness :D

And just in case you think they can't be insta-worthy, check out the Bubble Dragonfruit Coconut! I love the colour swirls. Pretty. Just in case you are wondering, what is my favourite drink at Mr. Coconut, it is the Coconut Oreo Shake. (I never knew the 2 of them were such great combination!)

To be fair, I have quite a number of favourites, and it also depends on whether I want something thicker (with the coconut flesh blended) i.e. shakes or just a simple coconut juice. Psss, you can even add on the bubble tea toppings i.e. pearls, aloe vera (about 50 cents each) to make your drink even more satisfying.

Since I have started with the juices, let me go into the few I have tried. (I prefer shakes by the way!)

Coconut Starfruit Juice (Top left): We definitely do not Starfruit Bubble Tea in town. It is a combination of 2 refreshing fruits together without one overpowering the other.

Bubble Honeydew Coconut (Top right): It was great when I tried it, until I had the rest. I guess for me it is something impressive by itself but less so with the rest.

Bubble Dragonfruit Coconut (Bottom): This is undoubtedly my favourite among the drinks/ juices simply because it is pretty and you can taste 2 distinct flavours if you don't swirl it. I highly recommend this cos it comes with complimentary a fun experience. :P

As mentioned earlier, I actually prefer the shakes (wriggles in joy just thinking about it). So here's a fast overview from left to right:-

Coconut Shake: This is the crowd's favourite. And I think I can understand why. I like it cos you can taste every part of the coconut. Great for coconut lovers.

Coconut Avacado Shake: For you guys who want something that is creamier and thicker, go for this option instead.

Coconut Mango Shake: I like this the least. Cos I thought the mango taste was too mild. The owners explained that this was to have a balance so that the consumers can still taste the Coconuts. Guess that makes sense.

Price wise they are around the S$4 - S$5 range. Currently Mr. Coconut has 3 outlets, I can't wait for them to sprout all over Singapore. As an introduction to the newest coconut drinks, Mr Coconut will be giving out free drinks from the new menu on 9 December 2017, Saturday, at all three of its outlets in Singapore located at Far East Plaza, North Point, and V Hotel Lavender, from 12-2pm, 3-5pm and 6-8pm respectively.

Here's their address. Don't miss it!
1) Far East Plaza 14 Scotts Road #01-14C S(228213)
2) V Hotel Lavender 70 Jellicoe Road #01-15 S(208767)
3) Northpoint City 930 Yishun Avenue 2,#B1-42 S(769098)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Fan of Fancy Handfans

You may have seen on my Instagram story this gorgeous fan, which consist a fusion of the East and the West (中西合拼). Since it generated quite a little buzz on Instagram among my friends, I thought I should do a full post here to share with you a little more about this beauty.

Don't be too surprised but this fan is totally handmade. In fact all the fans at Fancy Handfans! "Stay Cool, Look Hot!" this is a super dupe apt quote for people living on a sunny island.

The weather in Singapore has been pretty uncooperative lately. So instead of being caught with beads of perspiration around my forehead, I now put a fan in my bag to keep myself cool. It is a lot better than an electronic fan because (i) it is more eco-friendly, (ii) thanks to its chic design, it really looks more like a fashion accessory upping my style of the day and (iii) it provides me some exercise. Hehe.

If you are from the same part of the world as me, fans are pretty common and part of our culture. But sometimes are always very tradition and may not blend in with our modern outlook. Which is partially why I wanted to share with you guys on Fancy Handfans!

We all know what you wear can either make or break a look. But now I know that a good well-designed can give the look the "oopmh". At Fancy Handfans, there are many designs available for each occasion. Psst, even Christina Aguilera wore one of their fans to The Voice USA!

I, myself had a difficult time picking the designs. From quirky, goth, retro, striking, you name it, they pretty much have it all. These are some of the designs that caught my eye. Go click on the link and you can check out the others!

Before anyone condemn this collage as narcissistic selfies, these are actually me imitating some of the flirtatious fan signs. Just so you know, you can actually use your fans to tell your suitors your availability and your level of passion towards them. Hehe.

Here's where I got my inspiration from, try them out yourself! If you going to take photos like me, tag Fancy Handfans when posting them on Instagram. I only tried 4, but there are a whole list of language! Let me know if you can guess what I am doing :D

And just to make it more interesting, if you can successfully guess my actions, I will be giving away a fan to a lucky reader who got 4 signs right! I did try to choose a fan which was more classy and mainstream so that it will appeal to most of you :D

Have fun! Will try to close the giveaway before 2018 so that you can keep cool in the hot 2018! :D By the way, I will be using my fan for a photoshoot soon, so do keep a lookout for it!