Monday, May 29, 2017

Just Chillin' at Birders

A little bit of Sake. A little bit of Yakitori. Just some Japan magic to end off the weekend. If you are looking for something different for your next drinking spree, you might just want to read on.

Check out Birders! (I shall not type out the Chinese name for it cos it is kinda of crude...haha) It opens till midnight so if you crave for some fulfilling supper, here is where you should go!

So some of you may not be familiar with Yakitori, in SG terms it is a bit like the Japanese Satay. Basically, it is meat on a skewers. But of course you don't restrict it to meat. Even sweet corn can be skewered too! Personally, I find Yakitori really good bear food. It is one of those rare cases where a flavorful snack complements a zesty drink!

I tried out some of the Yakitori and honestly not all suited my taste. Lol. For any of you who are more adventurous, I shall suggest the Heart and Gizzard. I think it is an acquired taste. Haha. We missed out trying the Pork Belly and Quail Eggs which I am sure it is good. T.T Let me know if you tried them.

Check out our happy face. Here are some which we tried which you might like to have a go at too:-
  1. Unami Corn 
  2. Onsen Egg
  3. Japanese Yam - This is quite different from those that we normally have.
Oh dear looking back, I realise that there are a lot more things I would like to try on the menu. But haha, my tummy ain't that big too store all the food anyway.

If you are like my parents who need rice in order to have a filling stomach, don't worry cos they have fillers. For something more traditional, try Yakitori Don. This is really value for money cos not only you get
to try the Yakitori and have rice to go with it.

But, I would really recommend you to try the Takikomi Chazuko which is something like a dashi broth. It is more interesting and broth is really yummy. My brother and I actually drank the whole broth. Oops Hahaha.

If you are looking for some drinks (more like alcohol) to quench your thirst, Birders has a good selection of Sake. Don't worry if you can't name what you want because the friendly waiters there will help you. You just have to describe what you like. Sweet? Strong after taste?

Don't worry if among your group of friends, you are not much of a drinker. There are alcoholic drinks being served as well though I think the alcoholic menu is very very impressive. One thing I really like about Birders is that you can actually have a good chat with your friends without screaming over a singing band. I would describe Birders as a pretty chillax hangout. Not too noisy and rowdy.

I have obviously save the best for last. And these 2 sharing dishes are your Die Die Must Have. If you are there, you must try the Liver Mousse. It is just so damn good. The buns are fried to such crispness, it should be sold by itself so that you can tabao home. And the mousse, I have never taste anything like that. I would even come back for it.

Wings - Duh, everybody love chicken wings. Okay, if you really want me to compare Liver Mousse beats everything. And on normal day, I don't even eat liver. You can imagine how good it is!!! Awesome goodness that you eat it yourself if you are sharing. Haha, can't imagine I am saying this.

And if some Japanese magic and liver moouse isn't enough, keep your eyes peeled. You may just be enough to be star-struck. Yes, the owner is Adam Chen from Tanglin! <3 <3 <3 I can imagine every lady reader flocking there already. Hahaha!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Join the Sisterhood with Sister Act

Feeling really lucky cos we won tickets to a Broadway Musical - Sister Act. Guess all the watching of cinemas at WE is all worth it. Check out my previous post on what you can should try at 321 mall if you missed that earlier!
This musical is based on a movie (which I never watch before), I am guessing it is way before my time? So basically, it is about a wannabe singer, Deloris Van Cartier who was put into protective custody as a nun in a convent after she witnessed a murder.
This is the first time I am attending a musical and also going to Mastercard Theatres so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But surprisingly, on a Thursday evening, the theatre was nearly full. And another unexpected surprise was that 'Wow, the seats were actually really good'. Thank you WE and Base Entertainment for your generosity. 
My Bro and I aren't really fans but the people around us were. Before the show even started, I could hear excited murmurs and chatters about how excited they were and how long they waited for this to me here. And so my expectations went up too.
Individually, I don't really think the singers voices were that good. But together their voices were like angels. For the first part of the show, I nearly fell asleep. LOL. It was a Thursday evening mind you so that was tiring. Haha. But after the interval, wow, I found myself bobbing my head and humming along.
The costumes and choreography got better to the end. It was amazing and really made me wanted to check out the movie. They even had people standing up and clapping at the end. I didn't stand cos I thought the musical was not that perfect yet. (Haha, critical). But, I think it was worth my time and Friday's exhaustion.
Musicals are definietely way more expensive than movies. But, after experiencing it once, I really think we all need to indulge for one at least once in a lifetime. For those who are keen to check out Sister Act, you may follow the link here. (No commission for referral ok, just to set the record straight!)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Snacking with Mr Bazaar

Are you like me? Always feeling hungry and craving for some snacks? Check out what I have for you today! Yes! Savory snacks. I thought it would be nice to introduce some new munchies to some of you readers who are studying or working hard and need something crunchy to munch upon.
From crackers, anchovies and even pretzel popcorns, here are some of the snacks you can get to try with Mr Bazaar. And they are not the common ones you can get off the shelves. How many of actually have anchovies for snacks?! By the way, they would taste great with porridge too!
Since there are 2 of each flavours, let me help you eat your calories wisely. You may consider my favourites.
1. Chao Lay Crispy Anchovy (Tom Yum) Vs. Chao Lay Anchovy (Original)- Sorry but I am a 100% Tom Yum and spice girl so I guess you know which one works for me. The Original is awesome too. In fact this is so original you got to try it!
2. Yuki Original Vs. Yuki Snowy Milk - This is like Wang Wang, with a richer prawn taste. Since young, I always like the Sugar Snow Flakes. So I guess it is Yuki Snowy Milk for me!
3. Darda Premium Popcorn Caramel & Cashew Nut Vs. Darda Premium Popcorn Caramel & Pretzels - Honestly both are so good I can't tell the difference at all. One has Pretzels and the other doesn't? The Pretzels honestly isn't that fantastic, but the popcorn are awesome. Best I ever had. 
The price is really reaonsable, cheaper than Lays Chips! Do get some yourself from Mr Bazaar's website or NTUC. If you want to do some sampling, you can try some at the coming Food Fair at Expo Hall 4 from 26th - 30th May. Their booth is H-05/1!
Hope you have a yummy good time. Trust me, they are worth every crunches you will eventually have to do. Muahahaha!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Family, Fitness, Fun! with Zoom

So a while back, I went to Zoom Park with the Smitten Team. So just a little bit more information on Zoom Park, it is the biggest indoor trampoline park in Singapore at 20,000 square feet with over 80 springy trampoline mats! 
The best thing about Zoom Park is that fun is really affordable. An hour jump is about $17 (with party packages at $38 per pax) and with additional hours the rate per hour decreases. (That's still cheaper than my yoga class!) And for every hour you are burning up to 1000 calories! Apprently,10 minutess of jumping is equivalent to 30 mins of jogging! o.O
The facilities include a trampoline dodgeball court, high performance trampoline mats, parkour walls, slam dunk courts, tumble tracks and a 17m lateral rock wall (which I failed to climb even halfway! I thought I would enjoy jumping into the foam pit but when I realised it was rather difficult to navigate through it. I decided to bounce instead.
And bouncing is a lot more fun. New heights, new perspective! By the way, Zoom Park is located near Jurong East so good for you if you live in the West. It is quite a private area so you would still need to do a bus transfer! But for those who are looking for a more cosy place, Zoom Park may be for you.
My favourite was the Dodgeball yea. I think I would have enjoyed the basketball team match too, but it was construction at that time. I guess despite my lack of stamina and hatred to sweat, playing dodgeball on a trampoline made me exercise without knowing. I had really bad aches all over my body the next day but it was all worth it! :D
For you readers who are neither kids nor adults with kids, the Zoom Night may be of interest of you too. It is basically a "clubbing experience" minus the alcohol. I guess it is alternative way to sweat it out and have fun whether with your family or friends!
When I was there, I saw so many children parties going on and I can imagine why this is like the new MacDonald's party for them. It has all their favorite food/ snacks. Yummy pizzas, eclairs, pretty fruits <3 And at the end of the day they even have a swag goodie bag and pair of sticky socks to bring home. (Maybe you can go home and be Spiderman too!
So after working out, I literally feed the calories right back into my body. Damn. On a side note, for any of you who are keen to learn some tricks to impress your friends, you can even join the Jump Acrobat programme, where you get to learn basic gymnastics skills. I guess I am too late to start on it, but you still can!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beyond Boundaries: Aniss Empire

So today, I thought I would take the opportunity to write something on fashion for the Muslimah. Maybe it is just me, but I used to be under this impression that Muslimah fashion are not for the other races. But I am pretty certain now that it is just really me lacking the courage to try out different fashion that is inspired from other religions, cultures and beliefs.
I am working with Aniss Empire to dispel that certain fashion is meant for a specific group of people. Of course, at the end of the day, I may still fail to change any of you readers' mind. But well, at least the Muslimah has something to check out for their Puasa.
Just a little bit about Aniss Empire, it is brand that has been about empowering women to create success for themselves through quality and affordable outfits. Although the fashion is geared towards the Muslimah community, they are open to the idea of cultural-neutrality and that the pretty shawls and clothes can be worn by any women regardless of faiths and religions.
The Muslimah's fashion generally in my opinion is more conservative and loose fitting. And I feel that it is the tiny intricate designs and cuttings that vary each and every piece. Their colours are also brighter. I chose to showcase a piece that is an unconventional tiffany blue for this post. 
Most Muslimah would wear this with pants or a long skirt like what I did on the right. But for ladies who wants a little bit of middle ground between modesty and still showing off some skin, you may opt for a style which I attempted on the left - matching the top (as a peplum) with a short skirt. It also makes the whole style more culturally neutral.
The fabric is silky and airy so you don't have to worry that you might end up feeling too warm and sticky in humid weather. On a side note, I also realised Muslimah fashion make very elegant maternity wear. :D 
Last but not least, a collage to flaunt the fine details and the classy U-collar. I hope that this post has opened your mind as much as mine on culturally neutral fashion. You will be surprised at how many shops targeting Muslimahs that would not want to entertain anyone who is not of their market. So kudos and thank you to Aniss Empire for this collaboration.
Moving forward, I hope that fashion can truly transcend beyond religions, faith and culture and be something where we can incorporate part and pieces of ethnic costumes etc. as our daily wears. I also encourage more companies to be like Aniss Empire and welcome collaborations using ForFunk as a platform to spread this message. Thank you and I hope this was a meaningful post for you.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Karmart Asian Beauty Blogger #KarmartABBCbysamplestore

Yikes, this was supposed to be a review contest video for Kartmart Asian Beauty Blogger. Haha. Because I was so nervous I think I was babbling a bit and I think I might just miss out some vital information. The sound system really isn't that good because my silly computer was growling away. Sad :( I really need videography lessons hor.
So just in case you guys didn't heard me loud enough or need more information on the products I am using. Here is a supplementary blog post as well. Cathy Doll is a brand well suited for modern young females. I really think they are talking about me when they speak about the iconic character as a trendy, chic and easy going ladies who love traveling, learning and shopping and beauty stories!!!
I guess this is what they are describing when they say - pretty in pink huh. And this is the fruit I am talking about - Pomegranate. I seriously hope I pronounced it right in the video. Like I said I have the one without the brush, there is some down-side to the brush though, it drips a little. 
But still I like it with the brush cos it is really soft and it is like massaging my face. I would really recommend this product if you are looking for a cleanser. I always feel so fresh and cherry after using it. And the smell is fruitily heavenly. 
So on the left you have the invisible Sun Protection and on the right you have the CC cream. The sun block is really good if you don't like oily and sticky products. The invisible sun Protection is very light and easy to apply. For special days, you may want to try the CC Cream which provides pretty good coverage.

Considering all the products are very affordable, I would recommend you to try it out if you have a really tight budget. Everything Thai, everything good (like me)! Hehe. 
Hair oil is especially good if you have curls. This is a little different from the normal oil we know because it is watery and not as oily. It is good for bedtime. :D But I personally think that the oily version works better if you want to maintain your curls. Watery version probably wont cause unnecessary pimple. 
This product smells amazing as well. For any of you who wants to save water (since there is a price hike), you can use this instead. Haha. I am not very sure how to describe the smell. Guess you guys need to go down to BHG to smell it yourself :D
So here's some information on Cathy aka me Lol! Kidding. This brand expresses the daring aspect of feminity. Think of a girl with burning passion, optimistic, playful and open-minded. All this can be seen from the packaging right! Haha. With such a charming personality, no wonder I, I mean she is getting all the attention.
So the brand not only has facial care, it also branches into hair care and even make-up.:D As mentioned it is a Thai brand but is Korean inspired. Hopefully, I get short-listed to join the next round so that I get a chance to go for the videography workshop and from there make better beauty videos for you readers!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Updated: Asian Television Award 2016

Hi guys, I have finally got around to uploading some of  the videos on my Youtube (will upload along the way). So I thought it was a really good time to blog about it. :P Just in case you guys didn't know, but editing videos are a lot harder than just writing a blog post. But I guess we should always try out different medium. :P

So being quite lucky, I won the tickets to Asian Television Award 2016. Honestly I was only there for JJ Lin. Like duh right. In the end, I realised Charli XCX was there too.  I have created a mash video of all my favourite songs there. Yea, even from some singers I have never heard of. Hehehe. Here's a mash up!
And  if you wondering why this is all the photos I have...that's really all I took. The rest were either in video form or the BF face is plastered right inside. LOL. Our seats weren't that great by the way. Quite far. That's the closest I will ever be in a concert T.T
Here's some song from JJ Lin by the way. I think the records weren't too bad for my standards. By the way, if we were to ever have such write-ups or if I edit my old posts, all the videos would be like posted as and when I like. LOL So you can just follow my Youtube Channel here. Really nothing fancy, just some lame videos I post as and when I am free. :)
Anyway I decided to write this post because there is barely anything on this online when I was searching it. So just wanted to tell you guys, please remember to bring your own snacks (Snacks are very expensive there and remember to have your dinner!) and come early to get good seats. Also, drink less water. This is a live show so you can only enter during intermission if you go for toilet breaks. Enjoy~~~

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Updated: Singapore's Young Zoologist

We are going to the Zoo Zoo Zoo
How about you, you, you?
You can come too, too, toooooo
We are going to the Zoo, Zooo~~~~

If you are not a local reader, you may not know that the Singapore Zoo is one of the fanciest in the World. My friend got free tickets to the zoo and I really need a break from all the books. Guess that's where I am going too! She actually had tickets to all the other nature parks, but I have been there before.

I really wanted to go to the Bird Park though but it was during an exam day. Guess I will be going myself some time after. By the way, the Bird Park is undergoing a revamp. So soon, it will be congregated with the other parks. That's why I am going before this change happen. And you should too.

Do zoom in on the pictures, cos some of the animals are camouflaging with their little ones. It was a very hot day. So most of the animals are hiding in the shade. Although I act like a National Geographic photographer (waiting and staring for the moment), I don't have their camera equipment to zoom Hahaha.

Every part of the looks awesome by the way if you are hoping the zoo can boost your Instagram photos. But yea as a collage, it does lack colours, looking kinda of green, brown. I really enjoyed the shows so do get the map and plan your time wisely there. Sadly, I didn't manage to catch most of the shows.

If you are not into live animals, there is an exhibition are extinct dinosaurs too. I was kinda of overly excited by it and got chided by the BF for being more interested in the real attractions. Oops. I was also overly happy petting farm animals too. Haha, I really got my priorities wrong didn't I?

But if you were to visit, don't make the same mistake as me. The Singapore Zoo though not very huge contain a lot of animals. You can definitely finish the whole park (if you don't have kids) within a day and just in time for River Safari and the Night Safari. The price of the food in the Singapore Zoo is considered expensive even for a Local, so we went out for a late lunch after we were done.

Here's a video tour of the Singapore Zoo. Sorry but due to time constraints, the editing is grossly terrible. And the song is not very appropriate for the zoo. But it is nice to bop too. Do love our animals too. I manage to catch some footage of their feeding time. Yea! Lucky!