Singapore Blog Awards 2014: VOTE and win a Bling-ed Up Samsung Camera!

Samsung Camera Giveaway

Help vote for my students – Steven Lek and Simon Chan – to win at this year’s Blog Awards and you stand to win a Samsung Camera that I have personally bling-ed up just for you! :) I really cannot tell you how much this camera is worth now. I believe it is priceless. :D

Step 1: Go to the Singapore Blog Awards site, click on Editors’ / Judges’ Choice

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 2: Log in with your facebook account so they know you are not a robot. Your info will be kept secure! :)

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 3: Decide whether you want to participate in the Lucky Voters’ Contest

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 4: Scroll down till you see the Best Individual Blog and Best New Blog categories

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 5: Click on the circle to reveal the list of finalists and vote for Steven

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 6: Click on the circle for Best New Blog and vote for Travelled Paths

Singapore Blog Awards

To Win The Samsung Camera (worth S$???? Priceless!)

Send your screenshot to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com, with subject title ‘Win Samsung Camera’. Your screenshot should look like this:

Singapore Blog Awards

If their pictures appear in the circles, it means your vote has been counted. Also, I should be able to see the date and time in your screenshot of your desktop! :) [Mine's in the bottom right hand corner!]

OR if you are using your handphone to vote:

Singapore Blog Awards

THANKS for voting! You Are AWESOME!

You Can Vote Once Per Day Till End July 2014! :D

*The more votes you send in, the higher your chances of winning this prize! :) Get your friends and family to vote, and send in their screenshots together with yours!

Remember: the email address to send it to is voteforstevenlek@gmail.com.

Barbie Cafe: Menu (Part Two)

[Check out Part One here]barbie cafe taiwan barbie cafe taiwan

We ordered the chicken breast and baked potato appetizers this time. Will likely be back again for the other two! :)

Barbie Cafe menu 3

Then he had the cuttlefish risotto while I went for the scallops shrimp pasta. Both tasted pretty good.

He did not think very highly of this cafe at the start, and who can blame him? It’s pink and frilly all over. But he did agree in the end that this cafe is worth a second visit!

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It was definitely tough trying to pick a dessert. All of them looked so cute and picture-worthy! But as for the drinks, I simply asked which came with the Barbie design on top. :D

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*The cafe requires you to spend a minimum of NT300 per person.

Barbie Cafe in Taipei – An Explosion of PINK! :D

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When I visited Taiwan in May this year, I wanted to visit the Barbie Cafe as I’ve already been to the Hello Kitty Cafe, Jay Chou restaurant, Modern Toilet Restaurant, etc. And… it was pretty amazing! I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

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The cafe was rather quiet at 12noon when we visited. According to the staff, it is busy mainly during tea-time. I wondered if that meant the food is not very good.

My worries were unfounded. The food here is better than at the Hello Kitty Cafe! And the customer service was good too! We ordered two set meals for lunch. :)

*For the menu and pricing, click here.

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In case you are wondering why there is a Barbie doll in the pictures above, well, I bought it in Taichung! :D

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Barbie Cafe Tel: 02-27528311

To get there:

Take the train to Zhongxiao Dunhua station -> Take exit 8 -> Upon exiting, turn back and cross the (immediate) first crossing you see. The Barbie Cafe is diagonally across the road and you can get there within 1 minute. :)

Alternatively (especially if it is raining), you can also take exit 12 of the station, via the underground mall. You’ll pop out right outside the cafe!

*Check out the Barbie Cafe menu :)

Free Pap Smear Screening for Singaporean & PR Females Aged 25 & Above

Pap Smear Screening

[ Photo source: Zurina Bryant Photography / Singapore Cancer Society website ]

*The Pap Smear Screening is offered free from 1 Jul to 30 Sep 2014

*For female Singaporeans and PRs aged 25 and above

*Wear a two-piece outfit when you go for your Pap smear screening

*Participants must meet the following criteria to undergo free Pap smear screening
Female participants must:
 Either be Singaporeans or Permanent Residents who are 25 years and above and
who have had sexual intercourse before.
 Be non-menstruating or have not had menses over the past 7 days.
 Not have engaged in sexual intercourse 48 hours before the screening test.
 Not have used spermicides, vaginal medications, vaginal creams, lubricant jellies, or
tampons 48 hours before the screening test.

Find the list of participating GP clinics here.

Caboki Hair Loss Concealer: Does It Work?

Caboki created a buzz online with its Youtube videos – a crowd gathering and snapping photos and videos as an obviously balding man or woman (magically) gets a full head of hair with the help of Caboki.

Caboki before and after 

It was even featured on clicknetwork:

Well, apparently it does work in covering up bald spots. However, if you perspire (or after rain), do not touch your hair or the fibers will just come off.

How It Works

“When you sprinkle Caboki into a thinning area of your hair, the (plant) fibers automatically cling to your hair like millions of tiny magnets. Each thin wisp of your hair instantly becomes thicker and fuller, eliminating those embarrassing thinning areas.”

To find out more about their cotton fibers and mineral-based colorants, click here.

 Get a “Free” Sample here

Caboki free sample

I had thought a free sample would be delivered free-of-charge. Well, apparently not. But I suppose a 25-day supply is worth it though. ;)

Pay Shipping Charges

Caboki free sample

If you need to cover an embarrassing bald spot for a photoshoot, hot date, or some other special event, yes, do consider purchasing a Caboki product. On Amazon, it’s only $39.95 for a 75-day supply! Buy it here.

Punggol Ebi J Prawning: A Lobster, At Last!

[ Read my previous post about Ebi J Prawning here ]

Lobster and prawns

[ Last Month's Catch; Today's Lunch ]

Last month, we decided to give Ebi J Prawning a second chance despite the really lousy catch rate the first time we went there. We reached the venue at around 10pm and it was past 1am before we left.

This is what he calls his “surreal moment”:

Ebi J Prawning Punggol

That day, we caught just this one lobster and over 20 prawns. Most of the prawns were not caught using the rod and line. In the 3 hours that we were there, prawns were attracted to our net. It was pretty easy to just dunk them into the net this way. Other people just fished prawns out of the water because the catch rate is really bad still.

The lobsters are pretty small, no doubt. But the thrill of fishing one out of the water is an experience I’m still seeking! :D

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The prawning rates are as follows:

Freshwater Prawning: 1hr S$18, 2hrs $28, 3hrs $33

Saltwater Prawning (with Lobster) : 1hr $20, 2hrs $30, 3hrs $35

Ebi J Prawning Centre

Punggol Marina Country Club

Singapore 829734

https://www.facebook.com/ebijpunggolprawning/timeline

Lady First SG Episode 6: SOS Quick Fix

This episode is for those times when you need an emergency quick fix for your hair or skin. Experts Wu Yi Lin and Bryan are quick to point out that we do still have to work on our skincare and haircare and cannot make the ‘quick fix’ our daily fix!

1) Candyce : Greasy Hair

Candyce says she uses an oral spray to help her feel calm so her body secretes less oil. The spray purportedly helps you relax and focus too. This Rescue Remedy Spray (get 15% off by following the link at the end of this post) is to be sprayed directly onto the tongue.

For more immediate effects, use dry shampoo. Word of caution: this cannot replace hair-washing!

Yi Lin shared that there are different dry shampoos for pregnant women, women and men – so get the right kind. Those with a spray nozzle to produce fine droplets are best – don’t get the liquid kind which can lead to clogged follicles. Hair thickeners can clog follicles too!

Lady First SG

Part your hair and spray from 10-15cm away, layer by layer. Then attach some hair accessories. Pearl hair accessories are trendy. When using a ‘hair claw’, don’t just clip it on – slide sideways and push upwards.

Lady First SG

2) Lina: Dull-looking Skin

Bryan recommends the Wang San Yang 王三阳 Jasmine Flower Tea. He says you should drink this mindfully; kind of like conscious eating.

Lady First SG

He also recommends using the Nu Skin ageLOC® Galvanic Spa System for 5 minutes, 2 times per week. This device helps in reverse aging, and has different ‘conductor heads’ for slimming, reducing fine lines, etc.

3) Kelly – In Need of a Fuss-free Hairdo

Yi Lin showed us how to just tie 2 braids, give them a twist and secure with a flower hairclip.

Lady First SG

She also mentions that trendy now are hair accessories with pearls and diamonds on them.

4) Celyn – Pimples

Bryan says the special acupoint zhangmen can fight skin irritations and prevent obstetric problems. Pressing this liver meridian nourishes the internal organs. If pressing it hurts, this means the liver is overworked (from late nights or alcohol).

Lady First SG

Yoga-lovers would also be familiar with the tree pose, which activates stem cells and keeps acne under control. Raise your foot as high as possible then raise your arms overhead and say “XU”.

Lady First SG

Once again, drink tea. The ‘shui hsien tea’ (a type of oolong tea) from Fujian, should be consumed before 3pm so it won’t keep you awake at night. Avoid tea after meals; wait half an hour before consumption.

5) Silver – Flaky, Itching and Dry Scalp

Yi Lin recommends a pre-wash scalp treatment (Phytopolléine Botanical Scalp Treatment). Leave for 20mins then rinse it out or go to bed. Use your fingers (not the nails) to press and hold for three seconds on various spots on your scalp.

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Then interlace your fingers, relax and lean back for 3-5 seconds:

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Run your knuckles down the side of your neck, in a ‘guasha’ fashion.

Lady First SG

*Wash your hair even after using dry shampoo. Dry shampoo does not replace regular hair-washing!

[For a list of the products featured in this episode, click HERE]

Singapore Blog Awards 2014: VOTE and win a Sanyo Xacti HD Camcorder!

Help vote for my students – Steven Lek and Simon Chan – to win at this year’s Blog Awards and you stand to win a Sanyo Xacti HD Camcorder for yourself! :)

Step 1: Go to the Singapore Blog Awards site, click on Editors’ / Judges’ Choice

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 2: Log in with your facebook account so they know you are not a robot. Your info will be kept secure! :)

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 3: Decide whether you want to participate in the Lucky Voters’ Contest

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 4: Scroll down till you see the Best Individual Blog and Best New Blog categories

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 5: Click on the circle to reveal the list of finalists and vote for Steven

Singapore Blog Awards

Step 6: Click on the circle for Best New Blog and vote for Travelled Paths

Singapore Blog Awards

To Win The Sanyo Xacti HD Camcorder (in White), worth S$299

Send your screenshot to voteforstevenlek@gmail.com, with subject title ‘Win Xacti Camcorder’. Your screenshot should look like this:

Singapore Blog Awards

If their pictures appear in the circles, it means your vote has been counted. Also, I should be able to see the date and time in your screenshot of your desktop! :) [Mine's in the bottom right hand corner!]

OR if you are using your handphone to vote:

Singapore Blog Awards

THANKS for voting! You Are AWESOME!

1 Vote Per Day If You Can! :D

*The more votes you send in, the higher your chances of winning this prize! :) Get your friends and family to vote, and send in their screenshots together with yours!

Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House at Sentosa Cove

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Tucked away in one corner of Sentosa Cove is Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House. I love the lanterns, really! :D

Their Signature Chili Pomelo Crab is apparently a must-try dish here! Compared to my previous crab dinner at Dancing Crab, an atas location like Sentosa Cove means you can’t really feel at home unless, well, you actually stay at Sentosa Cove. :P

Here’s what we ordered:

Blue Lotus

We ordered the lemongrass prawn sticks (S$18) for starters [bottom right in the picture above]. I thought it was unimpressive. It’s just oddly bland on its own and depends on the citrus spicy sauce for flavor. Like I said, I’m not impressed by this dish at all.

Similarly, the fried french beans with minced pork in xo sauce (S$22) was nothing to shout about despite its promising name. This dish was also a tad too salty. Thankfully, we’d ordered white rice.

The wok-fried kagoshima wagyu beef tenderloin with peppercorn (S$48) was lovely. The beef was tender and juicy and my only complaint is that for S$48, I should have gotten more of those bite-sized chunks of beef! I want more!

The signature chili pomelo crab (S$7.80/100g) was really good though. The pomelo added an interesting touch to the dish – I found it strangely addictive when slurped up with the saue! :D The crab was fresh (how delightful!) and the sauce they made from fresh tomatoes (not ketchup, mind you), chili padi and a host of other ingredients was yummy, if not a tad too spicy.

To end the meal, we had lemongrass gelo with lime sorbet (S$9), which was simply wonderful! A great mix of sweet and sour, it will leave you craving for more! Possibly the most intriguing jelly dessert I have ever eaten! #MustOrder

Where drinks are concerned, I liked the fresh coconut juice (S$8). The iced honey & lemon (S$6) was not the most pleasant. I guess I really should have gone with their iced lychee tea (S$6) which comes with real lychee! #IfThereIsANextTime

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I’m very impressed by how their menu and prices(!) can be found on their website, albeit without stating which are the recommended dishes to try – you can only find this on the physical menu at Blue Lotus.

Promotion: There is a 1st Anniversary Giveaway going on from 2 July to 29 September. Receive a S$50 Blue Lotus voucher with every S$200 spent in a single receipt. Check in-store for details!

Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House
31 Ocean Way, #01-13 Quayside Isle
Singapore 098375

Lunch: Fridays – Sundays
11.30am to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)

Dinner: Mondays – Sundays
6pm to 10pm (last order 9.30pm)

Closed on Tuesdays

http://www.bluelotus.com.sg/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/bluelotusrestaurant

NDP 2014 Tickets: WIN 4 tickets in a Fun #IYFSG Photo Caption Contest

In celebration of the International Year of the Family (IYF), NDP 2014 organizers have collaborated with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) for a fun yet simple caption #IYFSG contest. Lucky winners will get a set of 4 NDP 2014 tickets EACH!

NDP 2014

Don’t bother with balloting, try winning the NDP 2014 tickets with your own efforts! :D

From 4 to 24 July, a different NDP Family Photo will be posted up each week for 3 weeks on MSF’s FamilyMatters Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/FamilyMatters.sg). You just have to put on your thinking cap and come up with creative captions for the photos.

Each week, the top 3 winners will take home a set of 4 NDP actual day tickets each, while 2 lucky participants will be picked from a random draw to win a set of 4 preview tickets each. WOW! :D

I have already submitted my entry!

NDP 2014["Marmeeeeee, I want an upsized gun for my birthday! Prissss!" :D #IYFSG]

*Remember to include the #IYFSG hashtag in your entry, otherwise it doesn’t count! ;)

Submit your entry now! And tell your family members to submit theirs too! The more entries, the more chances to win! :D https://www.facebook.com/FamilyMatters.sg

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ABOUT IYF 2014
Singapore will be celebrating families in 2014 in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF). Singaporeans can look forward to numerous engaging family-oriented events, activities and special deals, as the Ministry of Social and Family Development works with like-minded partners to celebrate and promote family bonding in joyful and heart-warming ways.

IYF was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1994 to celebrate the importance of the family. IYF is officially celebrated once in ten years and 2014 is its twentieth anniversary. The core values underpinning IYF 2014 are love and respect, commitment and big-heartedness. These values help strengthen the foundation for a strong and closely knit family.