Victoria Facelift (Singapore) Review: Free Trial, Price, Products

Victoria Facelift products

I spotted an offer on Facebook regarding a free 90-minute facial trial at Victoria Facelift some time back. And as it was near my place (yet I had never heard of the company despite its 7 outlets around Singapore), I decided to sign up for a facial treatment on the same day.

This is a screenshot of the ad on Facebook that I’d clicked on:

Victoria Facelift free trial

Interestingly, if you book the trial online, it’s FREE. But if you go to the outlet, you’ll see the poster outside which says the 90-minute trial costs $48 (U.P. $388) for the first 50 walk-in customers daily. Wouldn’t folks feel silly if they had paid the $48 then realized you can get it free online?

When I arrived about 10 minutes before the appointment, I was told to get a seat while they took my IC – perhaps to check that it was indeed my first visit. Then a consultant asked me the usual questions regarding medical history, last facial session etc. I felt the lady was just going through the motions, like she really wished she was elsewhere (not very friendly this one).

Then a more senior-looking consultant took over to do a scan of my skin. First, the inner side of my arm (not as tanned) then my face. I have no major skin issues so they could only point out the few small milia seeds that I have in the undereye area and also warn me about the dangers of not using sunblock and how pigmentation might result.

*She asked what my skin concerns were and what I hoped to achieve in that session. I told her I was only bothered by dark eye circles and slightly dry skin. She asked if I wanted to top up for the eye treatment. I said nevermind, just give me what’s in the free trial. 😀

The facial treatment itself was awesome! Yes, awesome! 😀

Victoria Facelift review

The room was really small though. Actually it’s not even a room. It’s one room partitioned into many smaller cubicles. But my therapist, a lady in her mid-20s (let’s call her A), was evidently skilled. Starting from the facial cleanse… I knew I was in good hands, literally.

There were 3 masks used during that session… before a machine was utilised for that final facelifting effect.

The first mask was (if I remember correctly) to help soften the skin / exfoliate / open the pores. There was also a “cold steam” (like a hydro mist) blowing on my face.

Then a hyaluronic hydrating mask.

Then finally a collagen mask.

In-between, there was extraction, simple eyebrow shaping, neck and shoulder massage, and a facial detox massage. I was left wondering how come this was free-of-charge. I contemplated giving A a $10 tip (the only money I had on me).

The ‘machine’ treatment has a 3-ball tip. After using it on the right side of my face, (as can be expected) she held up a mirror in front of me to let me see how the right side had been ‘lifted’. Then she worked on the left side.

*And oh, before and after pictures were taken, which I’m not concerned about since I don’t usually wear makeup anyway. 😉

Post-treatment, it was the sales pitch, of course. I was first given a collagen drink – ‘cos it’s not cold, it tasted a little weird. And I was then told about the pricing and installment plans for payment via credit card.

Victoria Facelift Collagen drink

Apparently it’s $3,880 for 20 treatments (the more senior lady explained it as 10 treatments + another 10 “free” 😉 ). With GST, it’s over $4K. But using a credit card, e.g. POSB’s, you get 10% discount. So the total amount is $3,736.44 which you can pay via 12, 24 or 36 months in interest-free installments.

And here’s the free 3-piece product kit I got to take home:

Victoria Facelift reviews

I didn’t sign up for the package as I am concerned about 2 things: (1) it’s quite common for companies to fold and there are no refunds for the unused portion of the packages, and (2) the service standards noticeably ‘dip’ after the first (trial) session.

I’d rather pay a la carte pricing whenever possible.

If you find yourself in a bit of a pickle after going for a free trial and consultants are trying to ‘hardsell’ you a package, here are some tips:

1) Be nice to staff. It’s hard to hardsell someone who’s sweet to you.

2) Have an exit strategy even before entering the shop. Even if the treatment is awesome, and you are tempted to purchase a package, you DESERVE to be able to think it through at home FIRST. So whether you want to arrange for someone to call or come in and ‘rescue’ you, or whether you want to leave your wallet at home, it is up to you. Just have a plan before heading for a free trial, whether it is at a facial salon or a gym or spa.

3) Ask the consultant other questions to get her off her guard. They have practised sales pitches so try to break their momentum. Once the momentum is gone, they will find it hard to get back on the hard-selling track. When she’s talking about the packages, try to change the topic to something else (I ended up chatting about traffic accidents. LOL).

4)*MOST IMPORTANT: if you have never been in the sales line before, have a very thin skin, and have difficulty saying ‘no’ to people… say no to the free trial instead.

I don’t mind going for free trials because (1) it’s free and facials (usually) don’t hurt, (2) I get to practise my “skills” when it comes to offering objections and (3) those trial sessions offer the best facial treatments (it’s true). I’ve read too many reviews of various facial salons which provide really good facials the first time, so customers sign up for packages and then the subsequent treatments are not as good – the therapist might be a different (less skilled) person, or there’s more up-selling of ampoules and various add-ons EACH time you visit the centre. That’s really stressful.

That said, I don’t mind (discounted) paid trial sessions too. Went for a few via Groupon. The bonus is that if you’ve paid something (even if it’s $20), you don’t feel so bad (paiseh) when you have to tell them you’re not signing up for a package, whatever the reason may be.

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All in all, I’m more than pleased with the free trial at Victoria Facelift. It truly was an awesome experience. I do understand that companies only offer discounts to people who sign up for packages with them but with the current economic climate, perhaps the company can consider staggering the discounts for those who prefer a la carte pricing, e.g.:

(after trial session)

1st visit: pay 100% of facial price

2nd visit: pay 90%

3rd visit: pay 80%

and so on…

Thus, the more times the customer returns for a la carte treatments, the cheaper each session costs. It’s an incentive for the customer to come back if he / she likes the service here, and it also protects the customer from being left stranded if a company suddenly folds. 🙂

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Dining On Cloud 9: Cable Car Dining Review

dining on cloud 9

I had a most extraordinary birthday dinner yesterday in a cable car, thanks to my pal’s generosity (thank you, Samy!!!) Over 3 cable car round trips from Faber Peak to Sentosa, it was a 3-course dinner with an ever-changing view. Because of the gloomy weather, there wasn’t a glorious sunset to behold but it didn’t get boring (at one point, we even heard music coming from the direction of the Hard Rock Hotel). And how, here’s my review of the Dining On Cloud 9 experience and do note that I’m putting myself in the shoes of someone who paid $288++ and deciding if it’s worth the expense…

sky dining review

Welcome drink of champagne / mocktail before boarding the cable car

Upon arriving at Faber Peak, we found some seats and waited to board the cable car at 6pm for dinner. Signs were not quite prominent so at the beginning, we didn’t know where to go or who to ask regarding the Dining On Cloud 9 booking. Strangely enough, the lighting at the area around the cable cars is always kept dim. So later on, whenever the cable car pulls into a station, we’d just put a pause on the eating.

The first course on-board was Chilled King Prawn with Mesclun, Salmon Roe and Mango Raspberry Dressing. Paired with it was a delightfully warm Shellfish Consommé, with Seafood Wrapped with Long Cabbage. It was a nice contrast of hot and cold.

cable car dining

At some point, I did wonder what the difference was between this particular $288++ package and the cheaper Singapore delights one, and of course, the regular no-food rides.

We had this cushion placed on top of the (hard) seats within the cable car…

mount faber cable car dining

Beyond that, if you’re expecting air-conditioning, nope there isn’t any. There were 2 small fans though which don’t offer much respite when we’re battling the post-rain humidity. 😀 Plus, the windows at the top weren’t shut so we had raindrops with the first course.

For the main course, we could choose either the Char Grilled Angus Beef Sirloin or the Almond Crusted Chilean Sea Bass. So we had one of each. Earlier on, I’d read online reviews about how the beef is rather ‘chewy’ / ‘rubbery’ but I still decided to give it a go. And the reviews were right. LOL! The fish was really good though. (How come it tasted like cod?!) With our mains were the house wine (red and white)

For dessert, we had Cheese Mousse with Wild Berry Compote plus Coffee / Tea.

dining on cloud 9 review

Each couple also gets a box of chocolates (I’m not sure why since we already have dessert). The dessert was amazing – light, fluffy, and not too sweet. And it’s in the shape of a white rose. The berries were delicious too. This is what I mean by dessert having the power to either ‘make’ or ‘break’ a dining experience. This one was awesome.

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Overall, here’s how I would rate our experience with Dining On Cloud 9…

Service: 1.75* / 5*

Food: 3.5* / 5*

Value-For-Money: 2* / 5*

The process of making a reservation via email was not that easy – I don’t fancy doing it again. Haha! The food was decent so I might head to Spuds & Aprons for meals in future. 🙂

If the cable car is not your thing, perhaps the Singapore Flyer might entice you. For a shared capsule, their Premium Sky Dining Flight for 2 starts from 299++. For a private capsule for 2, the price would be $1,800++. (Apparently you get a bouquet there)

Fry Pan Shokudo @ Isetan Scotts Food Republic

Fry pan shokudo

The Katsu Tower (Pork / Chicken) $40

I’ve never imagined that tonkatsu could be stacked up to form a “Katsu Tower”, but apparently that’s what you’ll find is on the menu at Fry Pan Shokudo. There should be a challenge, say, if you finish eating the entire katsu tower within 20 minutes, then you dine for free. Idea, right? 😀 Anyway, my 3 makan kakis and I couldn’t finish that one tower, and I tabao-ed most of it back for the folks at home.

*By the way, Miss World Japan 2016, Priyanka Yoshikawa, will be in town at Fry Pan Shokudo on 4 October 2017, 7pm, to promote the newly launched outlet. So if you’re in the Orchard area and want to meet the beauty queen, you know where to find her. 🙂

Here’s everything we ordered. And there was just one thing lacking…

fry pan shokudo review

Dinner for 4 came up to almost S$80

Fry Pan Shokudo doesn’t sell drinks. But why not sell hot Japanese tea for $2 a cup? If there are free refills, even better! After you’ve had tonkatsu and tendon, you’ll be craving for a cup of tea to wash it all down. But we did have the Salmon Head Miso Soup ($8). I think the soup could do with stronger seasoning, though I like the large portion size as it’s great for sharing.

fry pan shokudo isetan scotts

Saba Set Meal $9

The saba fish was decent, if a little dry. But I love saba, and have ordered saba sets at various food courts and Japanese restaurants. I haven’t found one that can be labelled “to-die-for” yet; if you have a recommendation, please drop me an email!

My favorite dish at Fry Pan Shokudo was their tendon; well-seasoned with a variety of veggies. And just a tiny portion of rice, so even girlfriends on a diet won’t complain about the quantity. 😀

fry pan shokudo isetan scotts food republic

Jumbo Tendon with Soup, $12 each

All in all, I’d say this place is good for students or anyone who will have a kick out of ordering the Katsu Tower. It’s unlikely I’ll return again really soon (ate way too much katsu that day) unless they have something special going on: maybe multiple sauces to dip pieces of katsu in, that 20-minute challenge I mentioned earlier, or something fun along those lines. If you want an insta-worthy katsu picture, though, you’ll certainly get one here. 🙂

Would You Purchase Chili Crab, Pizza Or Popiah From A Vending Machine?

Singapore Vending Machines

Found these machines at GIANT Tampines. Located on the ground floor, this space previously had fruit stalls. Now there’s an entire row of vending machines selling everything from shavers to snacks.

After some late-night grocery shopping at GIANT Tampines yesterday, my pals and I chanced upon a row of vending machines at the ground floor behind the escalators which took us down from level 2. There was a machine from GIANT which would give you a prize worth $100 (supposedly) if you put in just $10 – but the machine wasn’t in operation yet so we didn’t try it despite the obvious temptation. There were other machines selling toys, shavers (which my pal said seemed “so expensive”) and the usual – snacks. But there were others (as pictured above) which sold crab from House of Seafood, popiah from Mr Popiah and pizza from Shiok Pizza. Wow. Would you try any of these?

As we’d already had our dinner at Chomp Chomp, I purchased just 2 packets of snacks from the boxgreen vending machine.

boxgreen vending machine

Some of the snacks on sale at a boxgreen vending machine.

Had the Acai Berry Granola for breakfast today. You must have heard / read about the superfood acai berry before, right?

The pack supposedly contained “2.7 servings” but I think it’s about 1 serving size lah unless you’re a really small eater. Taste-wise, I found it too dry for my liking, and it was rather bland. I can probably whip up something similar with products from a supermarket. Just buy some rolled oats, and toss in a few raisins, and you’ll get a similar texture. I was looking for some crunch, or some natural sweetness, so I was a little disappointed.

But it’s healthy, right?

boxgreen acai berry granola

I found the list of ingredients on the back, and was rather shocked to see butter on the list. Butter’s not something I want in my breakfast… so I don’t think I’m purchasing this again.

boxgreen granola review

I also purchased their Shiitake Mushroom Chips. Strangely enough, I couldn’t taste that umami flavor that mushrooms usually have. And they used pepper instead of salt (healthier, yes, I know) but not strong on taste either.

*I’ve actually written to boxgreen about 5 hours before putting together this blogpost. They read my FB message within 33 minutes of me sending it, but didn’t send me a reply. Oh well. I’d wanted to know why butter was in their granola, and how they would respond to customer feedback that the snack’s not very good. No response. O.K.

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When you’re making a purchase from vending machines, it’s generally better to purchase products you’ve already tried and liked, e.g. a certain soft drink or sports beverage. When it comes to food, especially if you’re concerned about food allergies, these machines don’t really give you the option of flipping the products around and checking their ingredients list or where they were manufactured. You’ll probably have to rely on the reviews by bloggers. I went to boxgreen’s FB page and didn’t see any review section – I’m hoping it’s not because they don’t want feedback. As for the chili crab, I’ve read some online reviews that it’s probably 80% as good as those you get in the restaurant. So… you might want to try those. (Read more here)

La Source Spa: If You Need A Really Good Massage

La Source Spa Singapore

I went to La Source Spa today for the very first time – it’s their 10th anniversary! When the founder, Jane, looked me in the eyes and said it has not been easy at all, I really did believe her. The spa’s prime location along Scotts Road (opposite Far East Plaza and to the left of Galleria) doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. Locals would not usually walk along that stretch, I suppose. But the spa has won fans such as socialite Jamie Chua (who’s known for her collection of Hermes bags and appreciation of the finer things in life).

I enjoyed a complimentary neck + shoulder + hand massage today. It was most enjoyable even though the seating arrangement was a little weird. We sat on acrylic chairs – two rows facing each other – in one of the spa’s treatment rooms (where people usually get facials done, I believe). The therapist, Yaya, helped alleviate the stiffness in my neck, shoulder and arms. SO GOOD!

Didn’t manage to visit the various ‘stations’ (I think there was angel card reading and who knows what else). Just had a massage, some finger food and I left for lunch at Saveur.

I really do love those balloons – stared at them for a while 😀

La Source Spa review

I’m not usually one to reach out for cake pops but these golden blobs were really tempting. And tasted as good as they looked, which was a surprise!

La Source Spa

I liked the mini lobster charcoal burgers as well. Delish!

Mini Lobster Charcoal Burger

And the Ethereal Garden Tiramisu Pot looked so real – like little plants sprouting out of soil. I wonder if any of the guests would eat this…

Ethereal Garden Tiramisu Pot

If you’re in the Orchard area and would like a good massage, I’d highly recommend you pop by La Source Spa. Their in-house range of products smell heavenly and there’s nothing quite like a mid-day massage. You’ll need it if you want to shop till you drop!

Saveur @ Far East Plaza

saveur chili crab squid ink pasta

Far East Plaza used to be a very ‘happening’ place when I was a student. It’s where we went to buy accessories, shoes, clothes, etc. Now, it’s a lot ‘quieter’ and that’s somehow sad if you’ve visited FEP during its heyday. And like many malls in Singapore, retail’s gonna suffer but F&B joints (which make the cut) and services would do well. I went past Far East Plaza today, spotted a poster with their current promotions and went in for a late lunch. I ordered just two items from their menu: the Chilli Crab Squid Ink Pasta and their Homemade Iced Lemon Tea. Lunch cost $20 but was slightly underwhelming.

I didn’t know what to make of that pasta dish. The overall taste was tart due to the tomatoes. And there were scallions (I believe) and spring onion – since when is that in a chili crab dish? The pasta was cooked perfectly though. And eggs with runny yolks always put a smile on my face.

I should have gone with the Salmon Confit 😀

saveur singapore promotion

Anyway, this promo ends tomorrow. So hurry down to Saveur if you want to enjoy those 3 items at discounted rates.

Their lunch and dinner sets are pretty tempting too. A 3-course lunch set costs $22.90++ while dinner is at $29.90++.

saveur lunch set

IF I return for lunch next time, I’ll probably go with the *gulp* Truffle Foie Gras (add $6, plus some guilt), Slow-Roasted Pork Belly, and the Creme Brulee. (Today’s ‘dessert of the day’ is Vanilla Ice Cream – how, erm, uninspiring).

If it’s dinner, I’ll go with Truffle Foie Gras (add $2 only!), Steak Au Poivre (add $8) and a Salted Caramel Lava Cake (add $5). Oh gosh, I see what you did there, Saveur. $29.90 + $2 +$8 +$5 + SV and GST= $52.53.

*”Steak au poivre or pepper steak is a French dish that consists of a steak, traditionally a filet mignon, coated with loosely cracked peppercorns and then cooked.”

Saveur dinner set

The iced lemon tea tasted a bit odd. One of the oddest “homemade” iced lemon teas I have ever tried. I think I’ll order something else next time. Water (refillable) at 30 cents might be a good choice also.

Saveur is located at #01-07 of Far East Plaza.

Learn Coding With The Micro:bit And Prepare For Jobs Of The Future

microbit singapore

Back in August, I went to the ITE College Central on a Sunday to attend a micro:bit workshop that was being conducted free-of-charge as part of their ITE Fiesta celebrations. I love the college’s sprawling campus (it’s HUGE and so gorgeous) that I wonder how people could have ever associated ITE with “It’s The End”. It’s the place to be to pick up relevant skills for jobs of the future. I did a quick search for ‘coding’ related jobs and found over 2,000 jobs! *I’ll include a screenshot and link at the end of this post.

Apparently, primary school students are already pretty familiar with the micro:bit. Some of my much younger “classmates” were already making music play using the micro:bit even before the lesson commenced! Meanwhile, I was staring at the computer screen trying not to panic as I was obviously seated among some very young but very “advanced” learners. The class was terribly popular – those who had not pre-registered were queuing in a line outside the classroom, waiting to see if there would be any available seats due to absentees.

An elderly lady seated next to me tried to engage in small talk. But I’m really not very good at small talk, especially when I’m prepared to focus 100% on the lesson and not be the worst student in class. 😀 As can be expected, the lady kept turning to me during the lesson to ask what she should click on next. She was having a lot of trouble following the teacher’s (admittedly clear and simple) instructions. I was feeling a little bit annoyed as I couldn’t be listening to her questions and answering them while also trying to concentrate on what the teacher was saying. Thankfully, the ITE student volunteers came to her rescue after a while.

Looking back, it was pretty interesting indeed. On one hand, there are the whiz kids who are SO comfortable with technology. And on the other end of the spectrum, there are the older folks who are in over their heads (but still trying to learn). And then there are folks like me who are kind of in the middle. Hmm. One day, I might be in that lady’s shoes, trying to cope with the lightning-fast speed at which technology has progressed…Uh-oh!

Anyhow, ITE was being really generous with giving each of us a free micro:bit (the usual price is $20+ each) on top of offering the complimentary workshop. Also, early birds received a bright pink pouch to store the micro:bit in. I think skills can be taught easily, but habits and values have to be inculcated from a young age. Take the habit of being punctual, for instance. Some adults have so much trouble with being on time. Even if they have the necessary skills, they may not be given the job. And… they’ll wonder why.

microbit ideas

With the micro:bit, you can program it to be your personal music player, or have it flash a message like “Welcome!”, and even have it be your very own steps tracker! It fits easily into your pocket, so you can have a different use for it every single day!

micro bit projects

I found the platform very easy to use once you get the hang of it. It’s like ‘Coding for Dummies’. And it’s so colorful too! If you’d like to check it out, you can head to microbit.org. And under the ‘Resellers’ portion, you can look for the companies in Singapore that are selling the micro:bit and get yours directly from them.

microbit lessons

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This image might be a little too small but it was a screenshot I took when I searched for ‘coding’ jobs on Mitula. Apparently, there are lots of companies looking for individuals with coding skills.

Mitula Jobs Search

Besides jobs, you can use the Mitula search engine for classified ads for real estate and cars too 🙂

Jamie’s Italian @ Vivocity: Free Gelato One Time; Loyal Customers For Life

Jamie's Italian singapore

Have you ever experienced being rather lucky in a particular week, or just over a couple of days? Sure, misfortune loves company, but so does good luck! 😀 For about a week or so, I kept receiving free ice cream (is the Universe conspiring to make me fat-ter?) and no, it’s not because I’m a blogger. First, there was a scoop of free ice cream at Citrus Bistro when he and I dined there after our swim; I was very happy to leave them a Facebook review when they asked, so I got rewarded with free ice cream. Couple days’ later, my pals and I got free coconut ice cream (that was so delicious) at Samsung’s Galaxy Studio when we were there to check out the new Note8. AND we also received complimentary gelato after lunch at Jamie’s Italian (Vivocity). Wait… complimentary gelato at Jamie’s Italian?! Haha. I’ll explain how it happened at the end of this blogpost. It was my third time dining at Jamie’s Italian but the first time for both of my pals.

The ambiance, as you can imagine, is pretty awesome.

Jamie's Italian vivocity

We weren’t exactly very hungry, thanks to the ice cream at Samsung. But since it was past lunchtime, and we hadn’t taken our lunch, PLUS it’s Jamie’s Italian, we simply ordered two mains to share. We ordered “Our Famous Prawn Linguine” and “Gennaro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese”. (1st and 3rd pics in this post)

This dish may not look like much, but it’s very tasty:

jamie's italian prices

We also checked out the menus for their set lunch and dinner. It’s pretty good value for money! Just make sure you bring an empty stomach.

Jamie's Italian lunch menu

Jamie's Italian dinner menu

So… what happened was… at the end of the meal, the wait staff came by our table to help settle the bill. And then someone who looked like a manager / supervisor came by to ask if we’d enjoyed the meal and if everything’s ok. And, of course, I can only say the food’s awesome and service was good too. And my pal chimed in, saying that it would be even better with (free) ice cream. As a joke, of course.

The dude took him seriously. And told us to look for him at the gelato counter on our way out. Oh gosh. As we were exiting the restaurant, he said something like “three cups, yes?” and I responded along the lines of “For real?!” (@_@)

And for the cherry on top, my pal (again) had something to say about the gelato. He wanted the hazelnut flavor, but wanted to try a little bit of the chocolate as well. So the very kind manager gave him two scoops of gelato.

All hail the God of Ice Cream:

Jamie's Italian Gelato

I already love Jamie’s Italian because (most importantly) the food is good, and they have really nice decor. But these little touches really blow the customer away. When other restaurants ask for feedback, it appears they ask out of habit. They don’t really intend to act on your feedback; and some even get defensive (like “no lah, it’s not that salty, other customers say it tastes great”). When my pal said ice cream would really make the meal even more enjoyable (and we’d already settled the bill), the fact that the guy gave us complimentary gelato… *sniffle*

THANK YOU! And I’ll be back! 😀

Kuro Izakaya @ Suntec: Will Be Back For The Oysters

kuro izakaya suntec

Yesterday, I met someone who said that whenever he’s thinking of what to eat, the “default” would always be Japanese food. Isn’t that interesting? I’m a big fan of Japanese food myself, and it seems like we keep trying to find good Japanese cuisine in Singapore, but they always pale in comparison to what’s available in Japan. So why do we even bother with eating Japanese food here instead of saving up and pigging out in Japan?

Anyhow, he and I redeemed a Fave by Groupon voucher for a meal at Kuro Izakaya at Suntec City recently. The restaurant is a little difficult to find as it’s not within the mall per se, but outside. Check out the last picture in this blogpost.

This entire meal, without Fave, would probably cost something like $30+ / $40 per pax.

In the very first picture you see above, all I can say is that the sashimi is decent – thicker slices would have given more of a ‘wow’ factor that I’ll go back for again. The mochi dessert that came with the meal was a little tough. I like mochi that is fluffy and chewy; theirs is more dense, like something you’d defrost from a package purchased at a supermarket. For me, the dessert can really make or break the whole experience.

Both of us agreed that the oysters with the mentaiko sauce was the best item we tried:

kuro izakaya singapore menu

Took perhaps all of 45 minutes to prepare. The last item that was served up. But it was worth the wait.

$15 for 3 oysters. I’d totally order this again.

We also had the pork belly on a skewer. He’d requested for less salt, but it arrived with lots of salt on it anyway. Oh dear. If your blood pressure needs a boost, here’s something to consider. 😀

kuro izakaya suntec review

I love beef + egg + caramelized onions on Japanese rice. Who knew that those crispy garlic slices would be the missing element? Now all this needs is a really tasty sauce (that is, hopefully, not overly salty)…

kuro izakaya review

So here’s a picture of where Kuro Izakaya is located. Near Suntec Tower Three and situated outside the mall. 🙂 You’re welcome.

kuro izakaya singapore review

Walkabout SG: My Visit to Chope’s Office in Singapore

Walkabout SG 2017

I found out about the Walkabout SG event some time back and quickly signed up for visits to Chope and Twitter. The event allows participants to pop by offices of over 120 tech companies and meet the founders, find out more about the companies, and also ask any burning questions they may have. Some of the big brands participating this year include (in no particular order) ShopBack, Burpple, FourSquare, Redmart, Circles.Life, Google, Zalora, Skyscanner, Twitter, among many others. Some I did not get to sign up for as slots were snapped up very quickly; way before I even knew about the event.

I arrived at Chope’s office before the appointed time and met their very friendly HR (manager?), Joshua. It’s Chope’s first year participating in the Walkabout, even though the event has been happening (annually, I think) for a couple of years now.

Chope’s office used to be at Orchard Towers, before they moved to Tiong Bahru (‘cos the founder likes the “character” of that town – I can totally understand) and now they are located at Purvis Street (near Bugis MRT).

It’s a cozy office – open concept, no barriers and doors between the C-level executives and the rest of the staff.

Chope Singapore

Goodie Bag from the good people at Chope: includes a chicken rice-themed travel kit, tissues and a gift card code! 🙂

*I’ll definitely sign up for the Bus Tours next time. Somehow, they were added to the list after I’d signed up so I didn’t know about them.

I’d recommend these groups of people to go for the next Walkabout SG:

  1. Jobseekers: It’s a GREAT opportunity to get into different offices, check out the culture of the place (which you won’t get during a job interview), and also feel if you like the vibe of the environment and the people who are already working there.
  2. People working in startups / similar businesses: You get to check out the competition, get into their offices, see their targets and all on the wall, and even ask questions like “HOW did your company expand into those new markets?”
  3. People who want to network / collaborate: You might get to meet the CEOs / founders of the companies you go to. It’s unlikely you’ll get to meet them otherwise. Very good way to meet folks, hand out namecards, share about how you can work together.

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I think the organizers have done a great job with putting together this event and getting all these amazing companies on board. If anything can be improved upon, it would be (1) having the companies know that participants may not arrive on time as they can sign up to visit 3 companies within the hour so they’ll come by “in dribs and drabs” (as Joshua said today), and (2) it would be great to send out reminder emails to participants a day or two before the Walkabout so they remember to show up and be on time as well. 🙂