The Entertainer App: Great Discounts, When It Works

Late last month, I made my way to Extra Virgin Pizza at United Square, and together with a group of fellow bloggers, was introduced to the Entertainer Singapore app.

What I like most about this app is that it can tell you which stores are offering you 1-for-1 deals based on your current location. So, if I’m in Punggol now, here’s what I see:

The Entertainer Singapore

For certain locations, there are limited choices available.

My blogger pal, Steven, and I did utilize the app when we had dinner at Marriott Hotel’s Pool Grill previously.

Marriott Hotel Pool Grill

The 1-for-1 main course deals available via the Entertainer app are thus pretty attractive. Steven utilized the app installed into his phone when settling the bill after dinner as I was worried the app in my phone would fail once again.

What happened was this: At Extra Virgin Pizza, I just *could not* redeem the 1-for-1 pizza deal that all the bloggers present were encouraged to redeem. After I keyed in my 4-digit code, and the restaurant staff keyed in hers, the redemption code just would not show. So I ended up maxing out all 4 redemption opportunities at Extra Virgin Pizza, with no idea what went wrong:

The Entertainer Singapore

It would have been pretty embarrassing if this problem had occurred in another restaurant and my meal companion and I had to pay full price instead of the 1-for-1 deal we had gone to the restaurant for. I haven’t used the app since. Though Steven has told me the app has proven very useful to him, and the amount he has saved with these dining offers has exceeded the purchase price of the app! The app can be downloaded for S$95 and you can key in this discount code for 20% discount: @huppy6 (valid till end-April).

[Click HERE to read a detailed account about Steven's experience with the App. It has saved him a lot of money!]

What we ate at Extra Virgin Pizza:

Extra Virgin Pizza

4 very-thin crust pizzas that 4 people couldn’t finish

Isaac Tan, the Senior Marketing & Communications Executive wrote to all the bloggers after the event, expressing hope that we’d enjoyed the pizzas and asking if we’d like any more information or photos. My email reply to him did not get a response. But if you are curious, here it is:

Extra Virgin Pizza

No need for a review about Extra Virgin Pizza now. And I won’t be back either. There are many other places to go for better pizza in Singapore. ;)

My Experience As A Ben & Jerry’s Scooper On Free Cone Day

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day

Yes, that’s me!

I didn’t announce this beforehand but I was at the Vivocity outlet of Ben & Jerry’s on Tuesday as a Scooper for Free Cone Day. It was an interesting first-time experience, but let’s just say that I never want to be a Scooper on Free Cone Day ever again.

I don’t want to whine or complain about anything. I made the best of it, and left when I felt there was nothing else for me to contribute.

For the first time, B&J offered 18 flavors on Free Cone Day, which is a big headache if you are new to scooping, and have no idea which of the 3 brown mounds of ice cream in front of you is Chocolate Fudge Brownie. There are no labels for staff to read.

Also, there is no “standard’ amount of ice cream for each cone. Some scoopers will give you a large dollop of ice cream, while others won’t. In the midst of frantic ice cream scooping, I was told to scoop more ice cream onto each cone. Later on, I watched in horror as an experienced scooper handed a cone with an overly-large scoop of ice cream to a lady… only to have the ice cream mound fall off. So… what amount is just right? It would be SO much easier to just hand out cups of ice cream.

When the other blogger and myself were ushered out so the rest of the crew could pick up the pace, I decided that I would help give out Children’s Charities Association of Singapore brochures to those standing in the queue… under the hot sun at 12 noon.

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day

And lo and behold, I spotted people queuing while eating their ice cream. Get this: BEFORE they had even finished eating their first cone, they were queuing for the second! And in case you think it is only penny-pinching Singaporeans who would do that, I spotted a trio of angmohs standing in line with their ice cream cones!

Why people would queue under the hot sun (at 12 noon on a Tuesday) TWICE for free ice cream, I know not. Well, maybe because it is free.

And here are the stats for the event:

1) Over S$5000 raised for The Children’s Charities Association of Singapore

2) Nearly 50,000 scoops of ice cream given out (which means, on average, people paid 10 cents each for their ice cream)

You know what? It would be way more effective to just charge S$1 per ice cream. And S$50,000 would be raised for charity, ten times what was collected!

Value-For-Money Set Lunch and KTV in Johor Bahru

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng

If you visit JB on weekdays and frequent KSL Mall, you might want to pop by Wong Kok Char Chan Teng at L1-99. Located next to Old Town White Coffee and near to Popular bookstore, it offers set lunches from RM9.90 each!

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng set lunch

Once seated, you will be given the usual ala carte menus. So ask for the set lunch order sheet (as pictured above). Select your main, choice of soup and a drink. The Borsch soup is the most tasty and I usually go for the iced HK milk tea. You will also get a small plate of fruit (I had two small pieces of honeydew, and three thin slices of sweet watermelon today).

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng lunch

(top: Lemon Grass Pork Chop with Rice for him, bottom: Noodle with Fruit Honey Sauce Chicken for me)

The noodles and chicken were definitely yummier! :D

Our total bill came up to RM25.10, which is S$9.70. (@_@)


For KTV, we went to Song City (Level 5) at Plaza Pelangi. We signed up for their lifetime membership at RM38 and paid an additional RM28 for 4 hours of KTV today. Even if I include the membership fee in today’s KTV bill, it is a mere S$25 for 4 hours. The membership allows us an additional hour at each visit, on top of getting a special members-only price.

*We like sussing out the best bargains in JB. If you have a recommendation, please leave me a comment! :)

Sense 108: Over 100 botanical extracts in one capsule! Better than multi-Vits!

[1-for-1 PLUS 10% off PROMOTION ends on 30th April 2014! Promo code at end of blogpost]

What is my #1 fear when it comes to being self-employed? Falling ill! If I’m still in a regular job, coming down with the flu or a fever just means a welcome rest from work and the more days of MC (or medical leave) the doctor gives me, the better!

But falling ill is not an option when I am self-employed. I want to stay healthy because I enjoy my work, firstly, and also because time really IS money – the time spent lying ill in bed could be used to work on an advertorial which pays the bills (and my next holiday).

When I fell ill after my Indonesia trip last year in October, I panicked. And I went out and bought myself more supplements. Check this out:

my supplements

After I recovered from that nasty flu + cough combination that I totally hated, I stopped taking these supplements because, really, who has the time to pop all these pills? Some of the tablets are also pretty huge and I always end up with a bloated belly from all the water I drank while trying to swallow the pills. Never quite gotten the hang of it.

So, I’m really very impressed with this new product: Sense 108. It combines over 100 botanical extracts including Resveratrol, royal jelly and kintoki ginger. And the capsules are small!

lifzyme sense 108

Just take two capsules before your heaviest meal of the day!

And if you think that you don’t need supplements, think again. Some of our favorite local food don’t provide the nutrition our bodies require!

Such as roti prata!

lifzyme sense 108

I love prata but it just doesn’t give me the fibre, vitamins and minerals that my body needs. And prata fills me up such that I don’t eat anything else at that meal. So Sense 108 helps me enjoy my food with less guilt. :D

Its ingredients list includes items like bamboo shoot, chinese ginseng, chocolate vine, job’s tears, etc. Fruit extracts included are from watermelon, orange, satsuma, grapefruit, lemon, kiwi, grape, papaya, mango, garden strawberry, apple, pineapple, banana, etc. There are also vegetable extracts from cabbage, lettuce, spinach, cauliflower, asparagus, and more! How did they pack so much goodness into one capsule?!

Each capsule is rich in enzymes which “help you digest your meals more efficiently and deliver the nutrients from your food to your body and releasing nutrients for energy production and cell growth and repair”.

During my trial of this product, I experienced a mild detoxification effect. Sense 108 helps in bowel movements, so it is great for people who suffer from constipation!

Before I did the trial of this product, I asked the distributor for the lab reports to ensure this is safe for consumption, and it was promptly provided. But that’s not all, I was also given a promo code for you, my readers, to try this product yourself!

Sense 108 ingredients

[ April Promotion: Buy 1 Get 1 Free PLUS 10% off]

Each bottle usually retails at S$150! But just for the month of April, get another bottle absolutely free, on top of 10% discount with your purchase. So you pay just S$67.50 per bottle!

Each bottle comes with 90 veggie capsules. If you take 2 capsules per day, it costs you just S$1.50 per day! All that botanical goodness in 2 capsules is even more affordable than a cup of ABC juice!

Just key in the discount code ‘Grace’ to enjoy this ‘additional 10% off’ promotion. There is also free delivery for orders over S$60! :D

Click HERE to make your purchase, whilst stocks last!

*For more information, please check out*

The Royal Mail: Some Hits, Some Misses

The Royal Mail Pan Seared Foie Gras { Pan Seared Foie Gras S$24 }

I have to state this upfront: I do not usually eat foie gras. I try to avoid eating foie gras whenever possible. But at The Royal Mail’s tasting session on Friday, I was starving! We had to wait for slightly more than a hour since we arrived before the starters were served. Imagine that. So when really tender and tasty foie gras was served, well, consider it devoured.

The Royal Mail mains and sides

[Clockwise from top left: Roast Prime Rib S$58, Duck Fat Baby Potato S$8 & Casserole of Mushrooms S$8, Deboned Sea Bass S$52, Sous Vide Half Maine Lobster S$24]

The Prime Rib was a huge disappointment (I ate barely half of it), the Sea Bass was cut up real terribly by the server, and the lobster was just so-so despite the very pretty presentation. I liked the baby potatoes and mushrooms though.

The Royal Mail desserts

[Eton Mess S$15, Truffle Mashed Potato, Banoffee Tart S$13, Chocolate Fondant]

The mashed potato (S$10) was really yummy! I didn’t even mind the carbs! The Eton Mess (said to be served at Eton College) helped end the dinner on a ‘sweet’ note. I didn’t get to try the Banoffee Tart. But the Chocolate Fondant was a letdown. I’m quite sure it’s not worth the S$18 pricetag; get your chocolate fix elsewhere.

Still can’t quite figure out why dinner took 1 hour to start. I guess I waited it out because of the company, and because I don’t usually head into the CBD for dinner. It was good to meet my blogger pals like Dawn, whose hubby (Adam) was a real good sport when it came to photo-taking and being a ‘hand model’. :D

The Royal Mail A Blogger's Plus One Linking Content Creators And Businesses

In this blogpost, I will apply makeup on a fruit, show you pictures of my bare face without even a tinge of makeup *gasp* and tell you how your posts on social media can earn you exclusive rewards. Ready?

Laneige BB Cushion Pear Experiment

It all began last Thursday with’s launch event at Marriott Hotel.

Introducing }

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Elite Influencer

One of the available treats:

influr treat

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{ The Venue: Marriott Hotel’s Pool Terrace Pavilion }

influr’s launch was held at Marriott Hotel’s Pool Terrace Pavilion on level 5. The Pavilion is usually a dining area for patrons of the Pool Grill, but was converted into an event space for the launch:

Marriott Hotel Pavilion

Marriott Hotel Pool Grill

Usually occupied by a few tables and chairs, and (mostly) angmohs chilling with their beer, cigarettes and laptops…

Marriott Hotel pavilion

I had dinner there on Monday with my pal, Steven. He’s 66 but never too old for a cutesy pose in photos. He inspires me because he is constantly in the pursuit of knowledge and does not take himself too seriously so he always makes me laugh with his jokes. He’s a fantastic dining companion, and I have so much to learn from him!

We even learnt something new over dinner. Being ignorant is not being foolish; choosing to be ignorant is…

Marriott Hotel Pool Grill

I ordered the Roasted Cod Fish (S$36) while Steven had the Yellowfin Tuna ($32). Steven wondered what that bright yellow ‘package’ next to the tomatoes contained. I thought it might contain a dessert of sorts (maybe jelly?) and asked him to untie it. And lo and behold, it was half a lemon (for his tuna, geddit)! Both of us had a good laugh, and Steven quickly re-tied it before anyone else noticed. :D So silly and so funny, but now we know. ;)

As an event space, the pavilion offers a cosy and intimate setting for 20-30 guests comfortably. Otherwise, you might want to dine indoors at the Pool Grill as smoking is allowed within the pavilion.

{ Laneige BB Cushion: My review }

At the launch, I was also introduced to a best-selling Laneige product: the BB Cushion.

Laneige BB Cushion review

If you don’t already know, I do not use makeup nor sunblock! Simply because I don’t like having gunk on my face and the consequences of not removing makeup properly. I’m serious – all I use in the form of “make up” is a pair of false eyelashes. Period.

The only drawback thus far is that when I am tired, it shows on my face. Also, people can’t help but gasp when they hear that I have neither makeup nor sunblock on. Yes, I know how damaging the sun can be to our skin! 

Thanks to influr, I got to know about Laneige’s BB Cushion which not only provides long-lasting, natural coverage but also has comprehensive UV protection of SPF50+, PA+++!

I received a small sample of the product in No.13 True Beige, which is the lightest shade in the range for Asian skin. But I don’t have very fair skin (no sunblock, remember?) so I headed to the Laneige counter at Isetan, Nex, to purchase the full sized product in No. 23 Sand Beige.

The Laneige BB Cushion retails at S$59, inclusive of one refill! Twice the amount of product for one price. I like. ;)

Laneige BB Cushion

The Laneige consultant told me that Sand Beige is the closest to my skin tone and would result in a natural, no-makeup look. If I decide to select one shade lighter (No. 21 Natural Beige), I would get an even more radiant, dewy look, but there might be a color difference between my face and my neck. (@_@) Obviously, I picked the color that would look most natural on my skin: No.23 Sand Beige.

 My Before & After application comparison (no filter)

Laneige BB Cushion Before and After

My skin tone seems more even after application and I look more radiant. It was really easy to apply and I now know why the puff (or applicator sponge) is so popular! It grabs onto a sufficient amount of the product and cleanly transfers it onto your face, leaving little to no residue behind on the puff! I am very impressed! For those who are particular about keeping the puff clean, either wash it or purchase new ones at S$5 per piece whenever you need a change! *Psst: the refill pack also comes with a new puff! :D


I made a serendipitous discovery as well. I’d wanted to test if the Laneige BB Cushion can conceal skin imperfections such as freckles. So I took a spotted pear from the fruit bowl and conducted an experiment. To answer your question and mine, no, this product is *not* a concealer. BUT, it does give you really radiant skin. Watch out for that light spot on the pear. I applied the BB cream only on one small portion, and noticed that it made light from my ceiling lamp reflect off the pear, even though it doesn’t conceal/cover any dark spots!

Here’s what to look out for in the video later…

Laneige BB Cushion experiment on pear

The portion which I used the BB Cushion on became rather light-reflective. See the bright spot that the pink arrow is pointing at? Watch how it disappears when I rotate the pear over to the side without the BB cream. And back and forth again.

Are you amazed too?!

(*If the vid doesn’t load, click here)

Conclusion: I am absolutely SOLD on this product. Sure, I doubted their marketing claims that TEN BB Cushions are sold worldwide EVERY SECOND. But now I think it could very well be true.

This product does give a natural finish and very visible radiance. It’s worth every cent.

{ The influr Video }

And to conclude this post, here’s a video about

influr video

How I would write the description for this video: “influr empowers the dreamers, the creative spirits, those who dare to be and dare to try, those who take time off to be inspired and to inspire others.”

If fortune favors the bold, influr favors the creative! :D Now, what is your interpretation of the video? ;)

I asked for your comments about this video on my facebook page and here are some of your replies:

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Just this evening at an event, I was introduced to someone who began asking me about what I do for a living.

Ms X: “I heard you are a blogger. So what do you blog about?”

Me: “I blog about business and lifestyle topics” (when prompted about the business portion) “I interview businessmen, entrepreneurs, even some celebrities.”

Ms X: “So, do you have a real job?”

Me: [I don't get offended anymore] “I’ve been blogging full-time for over 3 years now. And last year, I published a book titled ‘Blogging For A Living’. You can find it in bookstores.”

The above is an actual conversation that is not a first for me. People tend to think I am joking when I tell them I blog full-time. Till they spot me on TV, or read my book, or see me featured in the papers. It has not been an easy journey. Even my closest and dearest have, at some point or other, doubted that I can ‘make it’ in this career choice of mine.

But as the poet Robert Frost wrote in ‘The Road Not Taken’,

” I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

I am thankful that platforms like have been set up to empower bloggers and those who want to take the road less traveled. There will always be people who doubt your capabilities and people who envy your success and try to drag you down. But there will also be those who support you on your journey. So dare to dream. And dream big.

Now, go be beautiful… and live your dreams! :)

Laneige BB Cushion Barbie and Pear


Update: This post won’s Blogger Contest. :)


Prizes: Staycation at Marriott Hotel (worth S$390++) and Laneige White Plus Renew Hamper worth S$306! 

Pictured with me is Max Clyne, the photographer who helped shoot the photos in my award-winning blogpost! 

Connect with Max here:

The Missing Pan: Yummy Dessert, Some Fab Mains

I had lunch at The Missing Pan (619D Bukit Timah Rd) yesterday. It’s not exactly the most accessible or convenient location for a meal so I wondered if it would be worth the drive there. As it turned out, the meal started and ended well. Here’s why.

The Missing Pan Croque Monsieur

The first main to be served, the Croque Monsieur, looked unassuming and like it could possibly be yet another blah sandwich. Boy, was I wrong! It is amazingly yummy! I don’t know if it’s the ham, or the parmesan or the grape foccacia, perhaps it’s because of the whole combination, but it just tasted really good. If not for the fact that I was sharing this with my 2 personal trainers, I could have eaten it all myself! :D

After descending from grape foccacia heaven, well, it was a little bit more ordinary.

The Missing Pan Over Hangover

We had requested for the ‘Over Hangover’ to be sliced into two before being served, so I guess it’d ordinarily look less messy. I guess this is a creation just for the guys – eggs, bacon, fries, etc. Plus an interesting name to boot. It’s not exactly memorable taste-wise.

The Missing Pan Guinness Pot Pie

Another creation I guess the dudes will enjoy. I’m not a huge fan of beef stew so with or without Guinness, it doesn’t impress me.

The Missing Pan Rosemary Rosti Stack

Thankfully, they have a nice name for this. Or I’d just call it ‘The Alien’. Two bulging egg yolk eyes and no mouth, geddit? It tasted alright, though I guess the rosti could have been less charred.

Thankfully, I was given the unenviable task of heading downstairs to select our dessert. I have this strange ability to pick out stuff which tastes good. Which is why the fiance, when he can’t make up his mind on what to order, will just ask me for my 2nd choice and he’ll order just that. Often, if he picks from the menu himself, he’ll end up eating what I order because my pick is usually the better one (not boasting here). :D

Our dessert: Banana Cinnamon Crumble and one Brownie Cube…

The Missing Pan Banana Cinnamon Crumble and Brownie Cube

All’s well that ends well. F&B establishments sometimes forget how important dessert is. If your mains are not exactly yummy but the dessert is heavenly, patrons will STILL come back. If the mains are pretty good but the dessert was SO bad, patrons will tell their friends “yeah, I guess the food’s not bad but the dessert was terrible” and I don’t think you’ll get more customers this way. Remember: women always have a separate compartment for dessert, and if your pastries and ice cream are good, you’ll find your way into our hearts! This is exactly why I eat at Awfully Chocolate’s restaurants. Even if the mains don’t impress me, I KNOW there’s Hei ice cream to save the day. ;)

I’m glad The Missing Pan serves up good dessert. You can lose as many pans as you want, but please ensure I get good brownies and yummy cake always. ;)

The Missing Pan: 619D Bukit Timah Rd, #01/02-01 Tel: 64664377

Chocolate Origin: Lava Cake review

At Bugis Junction #B1-01 is Chocolate Origin. You’re unlikely to miss it if you are heading to the main escalator that takes you to level 1 of Bugis Junction. I have not tried their whole cakes yet, but last week, I found the temptation of a $5 lava cake impossible to resist.

Chocolate Origin Bugis JunctionAs it turned out, it was $5 too expensive. The lava cake looks way better than it tastes. The cake itself tasted like one of those premixes that you can stuff into a microwave oven and get your lava cake in a cup. And the ice cream below was a disaster. There were so many ice crystals in it – as if the ice cream had been frozen, thawed, then frozen again – and tasted like frozen milk.

Chocolate Origin Bugis JunctionThe only good thing about this dessert is that it is not too sweet.

For the same price, I’d much rather get a $5 combo from Subway about 2 units away – sub + drink.

Miam Miam at Westgate: A Plus for Desserts, B Minus for Mains

I traveled all the way to the West side of Singapore just for the food-tasting session at Miam Miam, Westgate. I’m happy to say that the dessert made the trip worthwhile.

~ Dessert ~

Our table of four had the opportunity to try 5 different dessert items, so here is my take on them:

Miam Miam Matcha Red Bean Cream

The Matcha Red Bean Cream Souffle Pancake (what a mouthful) was a safe, and perhaps boring dessert. I had imagined that it would taste pretty good given the picture in the menu. I’d rate this B-.

Miam Miam Valrhona Chocolate Souffle

I attended the tasting session just for this chocolate souffle but it was unremarkable for someone with a sweet tooth. It was a little too moist and airy inside. I would have prefer a denser, richer and sweeter version. But if you don’t have a sweet tooth, this dessert will suit you just fine. So for this, I’ll rate it B. *Also available in Matcha and Vanilla flavors

Miam Miam Caramelised Banana PancakeThis was surprisingly good! Despite the rapidly melting vanilla soft serve, the caramelised banana slices went oh-so-well with the pancake! Definitely an A+! *Also available in Apple & Granola flavor

Miam Miam Berries Cheesecake Parfait

The Berries Cheesecake Parfait was another stunner. It looks like it might taste too sweet, and boring. However, it offers up one surprise after another! The fresh berries go so well with the not-too-sweet icecream, then there’s the crunchy bits of digestive biscuits and finally that cream cheese at the bottom (which we almost mistook for yoghurt). I’d rate this A+ too. :)

Miam Miam Famous French Toast

Really addictive. No wonder it’s famous. Better share with a friend or you might just end up eating it all. I’d rate this an A!

I wanted to try the Chocolate Molleaux but it was all sold out this afternoon. Next time!

*Also the Iced Matcha Latte was fabulous! I had two glasses of it, which is saying a lot about how yummy it is.

~ Mains ~

Miam Miam Westgate

(clockwise from top left) The Lobster Bisque Pasta ($18.80) was a tad too salty for my liking though I was impressed by the large prawn (not lobster) lying atop the pasta. The Miam Miam Spaghetti ($15.80) would have been ordinary if not for the strips of bacon. Bacon lovers will love this too. The Riz Au Curry was, well, pretty average in taste, so I’m not sure it warrants the $15.50 pricetag. Same for the squid ink seafood with an omelette on top.

All in all, I would recommend the desserts at Miam Miam. You have to try them at least once, especially since there is now a tea time promotion! Order any dessert or sandwich and you will get to purchase a cup of coffee, tea or matcha drink at just $2! *Miam Miam uses only Grade 1 matcha, hence the intense flavor and velvety texture. **This promotion is available Mon to Fri, from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, except on the eve of PH and PH.

Miam Miam @ Bugis Junction, #02-14

Miam Miam @ Westgate, #01-21/22

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am -10pm, Weekends 11.30am – 10pm

Nihon Mura Express at The Cathay: Everything at EIGHTY CENTS!

Nihon Mura Express The Cathay

To celebrate their facebook page hitting the 10,000 fans milestone, Nihon Mura has an ‘All items at 80cents’ promo at their Nihon Mura Express outlet at the basement of The Cathay! I had dinner there today at about 5pm. There wasn’t a queue yet though the place was about 80% full.

Nihon Mura Express sashimi

We ate lots of salmon sashimi – a total of 8 plates. :D I thought the chawanmushi and salmon sashimi were superb value for money at just 80cents!

Drinks are also at 80 cents each!

The Mussel Mentai was a disappointment – really puny and probably not worth the 80cents. ;)

Nihon Mura Express The Cathay

The result:

Nihon Mura Express The Cathay

A total of 20 items which cost us S$18.83 including tax. From now till Sunday, you can enjoy the same great offer! Hurry!