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Hi! I’m Grace. Welcome to my blog, WorkingWithGrace. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have interviewed a number of inspiring people for my blog, many of whom are celebrities, millionaires and entrepreneurs. Here’s one of them…

Meet Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.ย Peter was one of my former interviewees, and here’s a quick clip for those who have never met him before:

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Since 2013, this blog has received awards and recognition from many brands. I’ve been blessed with awards such as these ones:

2013 Best Individual Blog WINNER at the annual Singapore Blog Awards
2013 Aries Gold Watches’ Blogger Contest WINNER
2013 Zespri Blogger Challenge WINNER
2013 StarHub Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 BRANDS’ Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 Influr Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 rolleyes x Panasonic Blogger Challenge WINNER
2015 SingSaver Blogger Contest WINNER

… and more. ๐Ÿ™‚

How To Get More Out Of Your Bouquet (ft. Little Flower Hut)

Little Flower Hut

On Sunday, I received a truly gorgeous bouquet, made upon special order, from Little Flower Hut. It had roses, cotton and hydrangea. I’d wanted peonies but was told they aren’t in season. Still, it’s one very pretty bunch of flowers, no? ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t like letting a good bouquet go to waste so I’m going to share with you 5 things I did with this bouquet to maximize the joy that it was so evidently sparking, and also to, perhaps, have it last a little longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Got a bouquet? First thing you do is to take a gazillion photos of/with it:

flower delivery singapore

And once I noticed how pretty some of the small accompanying flowers were even though they were playing second fiddle to the roses and all, I asked my sis to make resin accessories with them:

floral resin jewelry

As for the cotton, which by now you know does not come from sheep (hehe couldn’t resist!), I took them out of the bouquet and saw what the florist did with floral stem wires and satay sticks. Interesting. Clearly, you learn a lot about bouquets by deconstructing one. And… using the craft paper that the bouquet came with, I made my own bouquet of cotton:

cotton bouquet singapore

I could gift it away… but I’m keeping it to use as a prop in my photos ๐Ÿ˜€

As for the hydrangeas, I put them in a vase for our living room. They’re certainly pretty enough to be on their own…

hydrangeas bouquet delivery singapore

And I also hung these and some roses upside-down to dry, so I can keep them as dried flowers:

how to make dried flowers

But what I’ve been enjoying the most is putting 6 of the 15 roses (15 roses means “I’m Sorry” though I don’t know why. Hahahaa!) into this wall-mounted flower pot. For the base, I used the foam that the florist from Little Flower Hut had used for the bouquet. Trimmed some of the rose stems to ensure the back row of roses is a little taller…

wall mounted floral arrangement

Yes, I have Hello Kitty mirrors at home. 2 of them in fact. ๐Ÿ˜€

This certainly makes my bathroom prettier. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also… now I can say the whole house is full of the scent of roses.

wall hanging flower pot

The last thing I want to do is to keep a bouquet as it is, let the flowers wilt, and then throw the bouquet out whole. That’s such as horrible waste of beautiful blooms and packaging material. I’m going to make pressed flowers next. ๐Ÿ™‚

Need some flowers today? Head over to Little Flower Hut ๐Ÿ™‚

Celebrating A Birthday At Seoul Garden NEX: The Salmon Sashimi ROCKS!

seoul garden singapore

Had a really good dinner with my pal yesterday evening at Seoul Garden, Serangoon NEX. Yesterday’s the eve of her birthday, actually, but she’s busy today so I celebrated a little earlier with her. Gave her two options only since the woman says she has no particular cravings. LOL. So it was either Sushi Tei or Seoul Garden. I reached NEX earlier than she did and got a queue number at Sushi Tei – the wait would be an estimated 45 minutes to an hour, even though I’d indicated that counter seats are OK too. G didn’t want to wait so we made our way to Seoul Garden, where we got a table instantly. I got us the ‘Supreme Top Up’ for an additional $10++ per pax, so we can have wagyu beef, salmon sashimi, cheesy scallops, etc. After service charge and GST, this weekday buffet dinner for 2 cost $82.40, which is rather reasonable.

I love the cheesy dips! And apparently chicken luncheon meat tastes even better with it!

seoul garden review

Here’s the menu:

seoul garden menu

Yup, there is a 120-minute time limit for you to finish up your dinner. We entered at about 7.05pm and since there weren’t many customers after 9pm, they didn’t chase us out either. It’s a la carte style, so you stay seated and let the Seoul Garden staff get you the ingredients for your BBQ + steamboat meal. There are pros and cons to this arrangement, of course. I don’t think they are well-staffed. So we often had to wait for one of them to come around before we could place an order, get a change of the parchment paper for the grill, or get a top-up of the “Detox water” which is fruit-and-mint infused water.

Seoul Garden’s been around for such a long time – aren’t you surprised? F&B establishments don’t usually enjoy such longevity. One reason for their success, I’d think, is their willingness to change and adapt. If customers like salmon sashimi, they put it on the menu. If wagyu beef is popular, they include that too.

Just check out the salmon sashimi. These thick slices certainly provide a ‘WOW’ factor. So satisfying to eat too! I had 10 slices I think! ๐Ÿ˜€ I would totally return just for the salmon sashimi, which I think my sis will enjoy too.

seoul garden salmon sashimi

We were particularly impressed by one of their staff – a lady named Sheryl. She seemed very enthusiastic and whatever you asked of her (more water, some fruit, etc), she always responded with a cheery “OK!” and she also asked if we had enjoyed our meal. We most certainly did.

I look forward to the day we can help ourselves to a buffet spread. But for now, I’ll just enjoy being served, and having the tables next to ours deliberately left unoccupied for safe distancing. ๐Ÿ˜€

How To Cut A Cake To Retain Its Moistness When Stored (ft. CakeDelivery.sg)

how to cut a cake

How would you cut 2 slices from this cake to ensure the rest of it remains moist when kept in the fridge?

I got a Mao Shan Wang Chocolate Fudge Cake from Cake Delivery Singapore today and it presented the perfect opportunity to put into practice something I learnt recently from a TV program! It’s a cake cutting hack that’s terribly useful when you have a large cake that you’re taking only a few slices from and have to store the rest of it in the fridge BUT you don’t want it to lose too much moisture and dry out. It’s a large 1.3kg cake that’s supposed to yield some 12 slices and my darling and I would only have 1 slice each today, so I had to cut 2 slices and try to keep the rest in tip-top shape. In the image above, you see 3 common ways people would cut 2 slices from a round cake. But which is the method I used? Hehe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

First, here’s the cake as it was delivered to me. It looks so yummy already:

mao shan wang chocolate fudge cake

And here’s a clue. In this picture below is one of the two slices I cut from the cake:

mao shan wang chocolate fudge cake singapore

This Mao Shan Wang Chocolate Fudge Cake is a very dense chocolate cake that, interestingly, is very moist! The durian mousse layer in the middle is like ice cream – icy cold, still solid, and is a surprise layer within the cake.

So here’s how I cut the cake with my regular kitchen knife because (I think) CakeDelivery.sg forgot to send me a disposable plastic cake knife:

how to cut a round cake

Two lines down the middle

Then a cut in the middle of the long strip. Then remove the two slices. Here’s what’s left:

cake delivery singapore

And you push the remaining halves together, so the ‘inside’ of the cake is not exposed to the air:

online cake delivery

And your next question might be: “What about the 3rd and the 4th slices? How do I cut those?” Well…

Do it this way:

how to cut a round cake

Then push it together once again. Tah-dah! And none of the inside of the cake will be exposed to the air. This way, the cake may retain its moisture for a longer period.

I hope you have learnt something from this blogpost! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love learning new things, especially life hacks like this one. Do share my blogpost with your pals ‘cos everyone will have to cut a birthday cake at some point, or a Christmas logcake in a few months’ time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And if you’re craving for some cake, you can pop by CakeDelivery.sg. But be warned, many of their cakes get SOLD OUT super fast! You literally have to stalk them! ๐Ÿ™‚

*And do leave them a remark to include a knife for you ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s an option for candles and a Happy Birthday cake topper if you need one too.

8 degrees Taiwanese Bistro: Yummy Taiwanese Takeaway In Eco-friendly Packaging

8 degrees taiwanese bistro

For a dinner at home last week, my darling got us takeaway from 8 degrees Taiwanese Bistro. It was such as treat as I’ve been wanting to visit Taiwan again, but we can’t travel now, can we? Sigh. So the next best alternative would be to enjoy good Taiwanese food in Singapore. For $22, you can get a Buddy Set Meal via Fave. You can pick either rice or oyster & chitterling mee sua (*chitterling = large intestines). I do usually get mee sua from Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks, which has many outlets in Singapore – theirs doesn’t come with the large intestines and the amount of seasoning has been tailored to suit local tastebuds so it’s definitely saltier. Included in the set meal is salted chicken and century egg tofu with pork floss OR seaweed fried chicken too! AND there are two cups of bubble milk tea! ๐Ÿ˜€ And before I can start feeling guilty about all that takeaway packaging, I noticed that they are eco-friendly BioPak ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

The mee sua is actually pretty good. Don’t forget about the special chili sauce. Mix it in and the taste goes from so-so to pretty amazing. But if you’re into that low-salt, low-sugar, low-whatever diet, then don’t.

8 degrees taiwanese bistro review

I like the milk tea too though I have to say there should be more of those yummy pearls! ๐Ÿ˜€

8 degrees taiwanese bistro bubble milk tea

The milk tea’s served in this BioCup. It’s a bioplastic made from plants and not oil, as stated on their website. And they’ve been certified to be compostable.

I like that 8 degrees Taiwanese Bistro is so accommodating. My darling asked for the salted chicken to be less salty (say whut?!) and they managed to do it. I, on the other hand, would have taken it as-is. Haha! But the one who’s paying decides, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Maybe we’ll try the pork belly rice next. And the only downside to this Fave deal is that you have to get 2 of each: pork belly rice or mee sua. It cannot be one each. Good way to have us return. ๐Ÿ˜›

Interested? Get this buddy meal on Fave.

8 degrees Taiwanese Bistro is located at 37 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545734.

่žƒ่Ÿนไน‹ๅฎถ House Of Seafood’s One In Da Bun ๅทจๆ— ้œธ

house of seafood review

Was cooking pasta for our dinner yesterday evening when my darling received a call from House of Seafood – he’d totally forgotten about the ‘One In Da Bun’ that he’d ordered from them and was supposed to go pick up himself. ๐Ÿ˜€ Initially I feared that we had too much food for dinner… then thankfully it worked out well in the end.

He returned with an insulated food bag that states “No.1 Selling Souvenir in Singapore” – I thought this seemed strange. Wouldn’t our Merlion keychains / magnets / chocolates, Irvin’s salted egg snacks or Bengawan Solo’s pandan cake be the #1 thing tourists buy as souvenirs/gifts to take home? Hmm.

In any case, inside there’s aluminium foil around the rather large bun (probably good for 3 people). And inside the bun is a white paper-ish wrap around a plastic bag filled with some… chilli crab sauce?

It’s rather diluted though. Too watery with only a small amount of crab meat:

house of seafood chilli crab meat in da bun

The bun was dry outside and soggy within – a pretty weird combination. I’m not a fan. Also, the chili crab sauce was way too watery for my liking. It cost $15.80 + $4 (for the “chili crab meat” on Fave. *Probably pick curry chicken if you want to purchase this deal! Don’t have to top up $4 either.

Luckily I had prepared a big bowl of pasta, with prawns, scallops from Snow Treasures, brinjal, garlic and chilli padi.

homecooked pasta singapore

Yummy ๐Ÿ˜€

25 Daiso Items That Surprisingly Cost Just 2 Dollars

daiso singapore

Daiso is one of those stores which allow you to stretch your dollar, just as ValuDollar lets you purchase snacks and candy cheaply (but prices vary across their many outlets). For just $2, you can get just about anything you need from Daiso. Falsies? Yup. Heat packs for traveling? Sure. Decorative items for upcoming festivities? Of course! And here are some items which left an impression on me (and some on my wallet) during my recent visits to two Daiso outlets (located at Waterway Point and Vivocity). They left me amazed at their (low) 2-dollar pricetag…

*Items 1 to 13 were spotted at Waterway Point’s Daiso outlet*

This is the item that was the inspiration for this blogpost:

(1) Relaxing Bath Neck Pillow

bath neck pillow singapore

I wish I have a bathtub at home so I have use for this! ๐Ÿ˜€

Perhaps you may want to get a bath neck pillow for your staycation? ๐Ÿ˜€ It even has suction cups to hold it in place! My goodness. How utterly luxurious.

And while I did not buy the bath neck pillow, I did get one of these fluffy animal pillows:

(2) Fluffy Cushions

This kind of reminded me of Uniqlo:

(3) Inner Shirts for Men

And these pails are great for storing your gardening tools, or for the kiddos to bring to the beach or sandpit. The quality’s very good – thick plastic!

(4) Plastic Buckets – not for kicking

And a range of Disney themed makeup brushes! How are these selling at just $2? It could be $7.90 or $9.90 at least in a theme park’s gift store, no?

(5) Disney Themed Makeup Brushesย 

And I ALMOST bought this Mickey lid for mugs:

(6) Cup Lids

I’ve never heard of a herbarium (I know of terrariums and aquariums, but…) and there’s a range of oils for one…

(7) Herbarium Oils

And to keep shoes in shape… you need a shoe tree! Get two of these, of course:

(8) Shoe Tree

And this impressed me: an entire set of 30 color pens for just $2?! These should be flying off the… rack!

(9) Color Pens

And if pens are not impressive enough… how about a ‘flat frame saw’ for $2?

(10) SAWS

And this I did buy… for those days when I do not successfully stab the plastic lid but the edge of the straw’s gone blunt already… (@_@)

(11) Bubble Tea Straws

And beautiful glassware from Japan. $2?!

(12) Glasses

And since Halloween’s just around the corner…

(13) Decor for Halloween

Maybe I’ll get one of these to scare the neighbor who keeps smoking at the common corridor! Heh heh.

All these items below were spotted at Daiso, Vivocity. Of course, I cannot guarantee that they’ll be in stock when you visit. You can call them or make a trip down to check it out yourself. You may make some surprise finds too:

(14) Candy Jars

candy jar singapore

A candy jar that’s really big! Remove the lid and you may even use it as a vase!

This next item may not exactly be “cheap” but I just wanted to share that Daiso sells Garlic Chilli Sauce! LOL! Aren’t you impressed?

(15) Garlic Chilli Sauce

garlic chilli sauce singapore

And they have foldable chairs too. Do take note of the weight limit though. It’s 50kg.

(16) Foldable Stools

foldable stool singapore

Scented candles for your bedroom?

(17) Scented Candles

scented candles singapore

Givin’ Yankee Candle a run for their money.

And you can probably have flowers in these test tubes. A rack with 3 test tubes costs just $2!

(18) Test Tube Rack

test tube rack singapore

And these aroma diffusers are TOO pretty. I couldn’t resist them. Bought the Lavender ones…

(19) Aroma Diffusers

aroma diffuser singapore

Crocs-lookalike sandals, anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰

(20) Sandals

cheap crocs singapore

And since Sentosa is near Vivocity, this Daiso outlet sells picnic / beach mats in various designs and colors:

(21) Beach Mats

picnic mat singapore

As for straws, I was SO impressed that they have bamboo straws, boba straws, plastic straws and even PAPER straws! I bought all the reusable bamboo straws. Haha!

(22) Straws of all kinds!

where to buy straws in singapore

And this is getting ridiculous… I know. Daiso even sells fishing rods (complete with line, hook and float) for just $2. There were only 2 left, apart from 1 sample. So I bought both of them…

(23) Fishing Rods

cheap fishing rod singapore

And oh! This is like a lazy susan for your television or computer monitor. I’m gonna use it for my laptop so I can swivel it around (360 degrees!) when I clean the house. Haha!

(24) Rotating Table

lazy susan singapore

And this next item blew my mind too: 100m of packing film! Instead of paying I-don’t-know 10 bucks(?) at the airport to get your luggage wrapped in cling film, do it yourself at 2 dollars or less.

(25) Packing Film

packaging film singapore

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Daiso truly has an insane range of products. It’s terribly difficult to walk into a Daiso store and leave empty-handed. Sure, not all of the items are worth your 2 dollars (be discerning), but many of them are. Some would probably be much pricier if sold in other stores.

As a kid, my mother used to bring me to One.99 stores in Singapore (Remember those? Then you must be pretty old… like me. Haha) And while Nanz Chong-Komo’s business did not survive SARS, it appears that Daiso will certainly survive COVID-19 (and possibly, beyond). Daiso Marina Square has just opened its doors today and Daiso Bugis Junction will open on 21st September. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Attempting ‘Lobster Rolls’ With Cooked Lobsters From Snow Treasures

lobster roll singaporeDuring the recent 9.9 Shopping Day, I bought seafood from Snow Treasures via Shopee. Apart from some “wild caught Japanese scallops”, I bought “wild caught cooked Boston Lobsters” at $31.90 per pair (before 20% cashback). So each lobster costs about $13. I’ve never made lobster rolls before though I have enjoyed them in restaurants like Dancing Crab. ๐Ÿ˜€ Truth be told, after this attempt, I think it’s way too troublesome to make lobster rolls at home. Just let the restaurants do all the work! XD

My order was delivered in a cooler bag – the cooked lobsters had been frozen…

shopee snow treasures

I simply steamed them with some garlic, pepper and cooking wine. Then painstakingly retrieved the lobster flesh to make my lobster rolls.

Guess what? While I was extracting the meat from the lobster (which is tough work!), my darling was watching ‘Extraction’ on Netflix, more than happy to leave all the work to me. (@_@) And he continued watching the movie while eating the lobster rolls so, really, I wonder if he actually appreciated my hard work. ๐Ÿ˜› So for the other two lobsters that are still in my freezer… I think I’ll serve them whole the next time, so everyone gets a share of the action involved in extraction. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

These lobsters, having been cooked twice, did become rather tough and a tad dry. So I was extra generous with the Kewpie mayonnaise and I also added some wasabi!

We don’t have hotdog buns at home so I simply used Hokkaido Milk Toast from Sunshine as it’s soft and fluffy.

lobster roll recipe

Also, unless you are like my darling who got to try my lobster roll creation, you won’t know that there’s a surprise within. I’d included a whole soft-boiled egg in one of them. Haha! Or else there won’t be enough lobster flesh to make it seem like the bread can hardly contain all that lobster! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

I doubt I’ll attempt to make lobster rolls again. It’s just too much work. Maybe if Snow Treasures sells lobster meat… haha… I might reconsider.

Durian Edition: Premium Nitro Grade A MSW, Tasting Platter, Durian Mochi

durian edition singapore

The tasting platter with 4 durian cultivars (*more than 1 seed each)

I ordered Durian Edition’s Premium SFF Bundle (SFF stands for Singapore Food Festival, in case you were wondering) after spotting an article, or ad, in the Straits Times. The bundle costs $113 unless you happen to have a promo code. You’ll only pay $98 then, and delivery is included! What caught my eye was the Nitro Grade A MSW. I’ve always wanted to try durians which have gone through nitrogen freezing. ๐Ÿ˜€ And this bundle consists of a Premium Tasting Platter which has 1 seed each (of D2, Tekka, Red Prawn and Raub Musang King), 2 trays of Premium Nitro Grade A Musang King (400g only, though it’s stated as 450g in ST and on the website), and a box of 8 MSW Durian Mochi.

Durian Edition’s MSW Durian Mochi:

durian edition msw durian mochi

The strangest-tasting durian mochi I have ever come across (>_<)

Durian Edition’s durian mochi is delivered frozen – I wonder why – and I let it defrost before I bit into one. The mochiย looks lumpy and has the texture of uncooked fishballs. The taste can be summed up in one word: strange. Also, I’m not sure if it’s meant for human consumption because why would anyone freeze mochi?

durian edition review

It looks so much better in the picture printed on the box… but it’s nothing like that IRL. Fluffy? More like rubbery. Melts in your mouth? It’s like low-grade fishballs. No melting whatsoever.

*I’ve written to Durian Edition regarding their mochi. Let’s see if they get back to me.

Update: Their not-very-helpful response… after FIVE days. I guess, in short, do not buy the mochi.

Durian Edition Contact

Durian Edition’s Premium Nitro Grade A Musang King (400g)

durian edition review

I weighed them all. XD Initially, I thought I had been given more of those nitrogen frozen durians – because one box weighed 471g and the other, 504g. Turns out the box isn’t the flimsy kind. It’s microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe! Good stuff, like Tupperware, so it’s not at all light. XD

durian edition frozen msw

The frozen MSW is still very good. Almost as good as fresh MSW! The seeds are large but flat, which means it yields much flesh. Smells almost as pungent as fresh MSW too. And I like that the flesh is not watery – in fact, it’s rather dry apart from the condensation from thawing.

Durian Edition’s Premium Tasting Platter:

durian edition singapore

As for the Tasting Platter, I had the the D197 first, of course. And yes, D197 Durian is the famous Mao Shan Wang lah.ย Delicious. Then I had the Tekka which, of course, pales in comparison to the MSW. But I suppose it has its fans – folks who don’t like durians which are too sweet.

I’ve yet to try the D175 (or Red Prawn) and the D2 (Dato Nina a.k.a. ๆขฆไธญๆƒ…ไบบ – I wonder what’s the story behind the name). Will update this post later. Had too much durian in the last 24 hours so I’m experiencing the beginnings of a sore throat already. XD

*Update: The D2 (Dato Nina / ๆขฆไธญๆƒ…ไบบ) has really small and flat seeds. Tastes kind of similar to D24. Enjoyable. Meanwhile, Red Prawn tastes more bitter than D2, so I’m not a fan. XD

You can get this Durian Edition bundle here: https://food2go.sg/DURIANEDITION?product_id=126

*The discount code is SPH2020 – which is supposedly only for the first 100 customers, but I suspect it’s still available.

Rainbow Crabs Make Fascinating Pets

rainbow crab singapore

The one I might name ‘Skittles’ because it is so skittish (nervous / excitable / easily scared).

I’m not one to keep crabs as pets. But my darling is particularly fond of crustaceans, and I don’t mean in a gourmet kind of way. I do love chili crabs and would absolutely love it if crabs had eight pincers instead of two. Haha! But my darling loves his yabbies and crabs. He thinks they are adorable but I secretly think the eight spindly legs are so creepy – like spiders and others creepy crawlies, you know what I mean? (@_@) Anyway, not too long ago, he bought two rainbow crabs for something like seven dollars each and while they look identical, I have realized that one has a dominant right pincer and the other, a left one. So that’s how you can tell them apart. For most of the day, the crabs are asleep but after about 8pm or so, they start getting really active.

Here’s an example of what they might be up to:

rainbow crabs singapore

Climbing anything and everything. Fighting each other. And causing a ruckus when they push the tank ornaments around.

They sleep like… I don’t know… bats(?) and I feel like I need to call this one Ninja instead:

rainbow crab as pet

rainbow crabs fighting

Then fight some more.

And more often than not, I see them watching me. Yup. Super creepy. And sometimes they’ll peek out of their homes or from behind them, and when I look in their direction, they will quickly hide / retreat. That’s how I KNOW they are watching me.

They are fascinating as pets because (1) They are such escape artists – if your tank’s not big or tall enough, they are bound to climb out. Yup. Speaking from experience. (2) Because they walk sideways, it’s kind of funny to watch. (3) Free wrestling shows every evening. Who needs Netflix?!

And they’re rather “low maintenance” pets. They eat crab pellet food. They don’t need air pumps or filters like fish. No plants either since I’ve read they’ll destroy the plants. Just a little water in their tank and some dry areas for them to climb and rest on (in this case, I use the sponge bought for an aquarium filter).

What we feed our rainbow crabs:

what to feed rainbow crabs

This smells nasty. It contains “vegetable by-products, molluscs and crustaceans, vegetables, fish and fish by-products, cereals, algae, yeast.”

This is the ‘JBL Novo Crabs’ pellet food for our rainbow crabs. This made-in-Germany product smells nasty so I don’t recommend taking a whiff of it. It costs $8.20 for 49g, from East Ocean Aquatic. Not as cheap as guppy food, for sure. But it’s necessary, or else we don’t know what to feed these fellas on a regular basis.

Whenever I have a dead guppy though, it’s sashimi time for them:

what do rainbow crabs eat

Yup. It’s eating a dead guppy, tail first.

Have I succeeded in convincing you to get a rainbow crab (or two) as a pet? Haha! I think the only downside to owning these as pets is that they can be rather noisy (if you walk near their tank, they freak out and start scuttling about) and they’ll absolutely refuse to get out of their homes when you’re trying to clean their tank – a sleeping rainbow crab refuses to be awakened so you just might have to do the cleaning at night if you want to give the tank and the accessories a thorough scrub. XD

Review: Durian Empire’s Mao Shan Wang Mooncakes 2020

durian empire mooncakes

First year that Durian Empire is selling mooncakes. Worth a try?

Quite a few firsts for Durian Empire. Today (1st September 2020), they announced they are taking a 1-day break so durian lovers can only get their fix tomorrow. (>_<) Thankfully, my ‘Awesome MSW’ durian mooncakes arrived yesterday, and again this is a first for Durian Empire – first year they are selling mooncakes. The price is a little steep, I have to admit. For 6 mini mooncakes, you’ll have to shell out $56.90 (early bird pricing) or $69.90 (regular pricing). That means even with the discount, you’re still paying some $9.48 per mini mooncake. *GULP* It comes with 100% pure Awesome MSW encased in “Healthy Bamboo Charcoal snow skin” and with a light dusting of “Premium Gold Dust” on top. Very atas, no doubt. And in case you are wondering, I paid for my mooncakes. Though the boss was very kind in offering a small discount. ๐Ÿ™‚

durian empire awesome msw mooncake

Nice carrier too! With a cute little heart ๐Ÿ˜€

durian empire mooncake review

I think the box must have cost a lot. It looks and feels expensive. I’d guess it costs $8 to $10, maybe? XD

The color combination is rather amusing. I’d imagine a Taoist priest would offer this box of elixir pills (balls?), without all that plastic of course, to a Chinese Emperor…

durian empire mini mooncake

When the box of mooncakes was delivered to me, I wasted no time in snapping some pictures and eating the very first one. I did wonder why it was so wobbly when I was cutting into it and noted how it feels very much like a mochi, and has the texture of a delicate chocolate lava cake. But the durian filling does not come oozing out, of course.

durian empire punggol mooncake

Super thin skin, generous filling, and just nice for one mouthful.

Little did I know that it’d end up tasting like a mochi too! Certainly not chewy like one, but it’s closer to tasting like a mochi than a regular snow skin mooncake.

durian mooncake delivery

I would recommend freezing the mooncakes first. Then before you enjoy them, let them thaw for 10 to 15 minutes. Then it tastes more like premium durian ice cream mochi. ๐Ÿ˜€

how to enjoy durian snow skin mooncakes

After freezing and thawing… much more enjoyable!

Recommendations for improvement:

+ Include a plastic knife for folks like me who have trouble eating an expensive mooncake without cutting it into smaller pieces. And I don’t want my knives at home to smell of durian for days. So a disposable knife is best. ๐Ÿ™‚

+ Can include a note from DE. Either thanks for the support, well wishes or instructions on how best to enjoy the mooncakes e.g. store in freezer and thaw for 20mins before eating?

+ Can use cheaper but still pretty packaging so the cost savings can be passed on to consumers. Then we can indulge in more of these mooncakes, buy more to store in the freezer for days when durians aren’t in season, or gift more of these to friends and family. (Maybe DE can sell the mooncakes separately without the box?)

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If you’d like to order some mooncakes or durians, you can visit https://durianempire.sg/ or message Durian Empire Punggol on facebook tomorrow once they’ve updated the day’s prices for the various cultivars. ๐Ÿ™‚