Thursday, June 9, 2016

Supper at Twins Kitchen

28 May 2016

Chir Chir had 50% off all menu items in May from 10pm - 2:30am except for alcoholic drinks. KZ, Ama and I intended to patronize again but the queue was too long and we had to wait 2 hours for a table. Our solution was to had supper somewhere else and that was when I suggested Twins Kitchen. Thankfully their last order was 11:30pm.

Twins Kitchen was opened by a pair of cute Korean cute guys. If you are lucky, you will spot at least one of them.

We ordered Army Stew ($40), Truffle Fries, Soy & Garlic Chicken and Topoki. The staff was sweet to add noodles into the Topoki for us. The gravy was thick and taste yummy. I would definitely order this again.

See how much ingredients were in this plate of goodness? I am missing this while blogging.

The Soy & Garlic Chicken was not as salty as 4 Fingers's but had bigger chucks of meat to leave you licking fingers.

I also tried their honey ice-cream beer which was better than Chir Chir's beer with whipped cream The texture of the honey ice-cream is similar to the foam of the beer. This is a 1st choice during hot weather.

I guess it won't be long till I am back to let them have my money.

Twins Kitchen
7 Craig Road
Singapore 089667

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Dinner at Chir Chir

16 Feb 2016

It has been quite some time since I heard of Chir Chir's opening in Singapore and I finally patronized with my colleagues yesterday.

We had a full pint of draft beer with cream to share. I think the Korean CASS beer is much lighter than Heineken.

Here comes the appetisers.

The Mango Salad was average. The fresh mango wasn't sweet enough and they were quite soft. I was surprised to find olives in the salad.

I prefer the Cajun Chicken Salad which has tender pieces of fried chicken. There were olives too.

The main dishes were all about chicken.

This has got to be favourite way of cooking chicken. Seriously, KFC's standard is nowhere near. The skin was still crispy and meat was still warm even after 30mins on the table, I can't tell you I satisfied I was with the juiciness and tenderness of the meat. Thumbs up for Crispy Fried Chicken!

This is the Garlicy Roasted Chicken which was just as juicy and tender as the fried chicken. There were oven-baked egg, baked potato and salsa sauce served along with the fragrant chicken. Garlic lovers would enjoy this.

If you have been researching about Chir Chir, surely you have seen this dish named Snow Nest. The chicken tenders were juicy and meant to dip into the rich creamy sauce. If you like it sweet, add some cream to it. This was a hot favourite among us.

We spent about $23/pax and we think it was worth it. My suggestion is to go with a group so that you can order different dishes to try. I would definitely be back for more chicken.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

That One Bad Shopping Experience at Lexi Lyla

I am about to share my bad experience on a recent purchase on Lexi Lyla. I was a returning customer by the way.

02 Oct 2015
I made a purchase for 4 items of which the Brynn Embroidery Tunic Dress was a backorder. It costed S$42.00 and you can go to this link if you are wondering how it looks like.

12 Oct 2015
I still have not received my items thus I contacted them regarding shipping. Within an hour, they replied that the Brynn Embroidery Tunic Dress is expected to reach them in end Oct 2015. Since it is just another 2 weeks, I decided to wait.

11 Nov 2015
I was informed that the shipment of the item from their overseas supplier has been delayed. I was given a choice to get a refund or continue to wait for the shipment. Since I wasn't in a hurry, I decided to continue waiting.

Another month passed.

16 Dec 2015
I decided to check on the status of the shipment again. In less than 24 hours, I was informed that they will ask for a refund from their overseas supplier and will refund me accordingly. Thus, I continue to wait patiently just that this time I am waiting for the money.

11 Nov 2015
3 weeks passed and I still haven't got the refund. I decided to chase again. There wasn't any reply so I sent another message on 26 Jan 2016. I was getting really impatient.

01 Feb 2016
I dropped a comment on their recent Facebook post on their collection, hoping they will really look into my case. I also read that they deleted a customer's comment without resolving the issue for her.

04 Feb 2016
They have not given any explanation what took the refund this long and didn't even bother to reply me. Seriously, is it that difficult to refund S$42.00 when you are selling collection after collection of apparel?

I screenshot the messages I sent and received from them for you to judge the situation. Whether I would still be receiving the refund, I learnt my lesson.. It was so easy for me to pay you but you couldn't do it the same for me.

Update as of 17 Feb 2016

I finally received the refund for the item today and got an e-mail apology for the delay.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

POP at Marina Floating Platform

12 Dec 2015

This was probably my once-in-a-lifetime experience in attending a POP (Passing Out Parade).

In order to fetch my brother home easily, I decided to rent a Honda Jazz from AKA Car Rental over the weekend. Rental was $258, I think it was reasonable.

The POP was held at Marina Floating Platform. The crowd, heat and dazzle from the sun made me sweat throughout the event. Application of sunblock is a must.

But I got to say the daylight view was fantastic.

After the trained soldiers officially graduated from BMT and threw their caps, that's when all the family members and friends rushed down to meet their loved ones.

Just look at the amount of soldiers, it is almost impossible to be able to use your eyes to spot who you are supporting. I had difficulty and had to find a landmark to meet my brother.

Walked to Esplanade where I parked the car and it was a smooth, comfortable journey back home. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Essential Night Care Milk & CC Oil

I am pretty sure everyone of us will encounter one of these 5 hair issues at some point in our lives.

And you would probably look liked this when you do encountered any of those issues above.

Cruel Combing
For me, combing is definitely unavoidable as long as you have hair. You may have heard of people saying not to comb your hair while it is wet as it will cause more hair fall, but does that mean that combing when your hair is dry can prevent hair fall? The answer is NO because there is also friction when you comb, possibly result in hair knots aka tangles.

Spiteful Split Ends
My hair is long to chest level and I tend to get tangles and split ends. I had to use hair conditioner every day to try to save these old and dry ends. I would say it helps but could do be better.

Brazen Blow Drying
I stay up till late nights sometimes and by the time I get home to shower, I had to use a hair dryer so that I can turn in real soon. No matter how advanced the hair dryer is, it can't prevent the hair moisture from losing. The end result? Hair is dry outside and inside.

Hair Breakage
I visit the gym at least twice a week and obviously I had to tie my hair. I am aware that this causes stress to the hair and scalp due to the pulling of gravity. Ultimately, more hair fall and hair breakage.

Hair Dryness
Most of us work in air-conditioned areas for at least 8 hours and Singapore's weather can be a killer, causing us to head to shopping malls for cool air. And while our bodies enjoy, our hair cuticles weakened and loses moisture.

Essential has invented 2 hair saviours to save you from these hair stresses.

Allow me to introduce the first which is Essential Night Care Milk. This wonderful hair product protects hair from "Pillow Friction" which happens when you toss and turn while sleeping. I didn't realise this until I know of this product.

Essential Night Care Milk intensively repairs and moisturises hair in the wee hours while we sleep. I shall give it a test too see if it really works.

I pumped twice to have the product on my palm and applied it onto my hair starting from my ear length to the hair ends. I try to concentrate more on my hair ends since they are drier and tend to tangle.

You can tell that the product is thick and creamy but rest assure that it isn't greasy.

Let me show you how my hair looked like after I towel-dry it.

Frizzy and unmanageable right? Can you imagine if I try to comb, how many tangles will I get? 

I applied 2 pumps of the Essential Night Care Milk and let's see if my hair does look better now.

I do see very visible improvements especially on my hair ends. Hair is more tame, looks  and feels smoother and healthier. No sense of oil on hair and palms. Pretty amazing right?

I also took a shot the next morning to see if my hair ends are still good. I didn't use a comb before I took these 2 pictures.

My hair ends still have slight shine on it although looking dry. I combed through without any tangles and merely a few strands of hair fell.

If I only use my fingers to comb my hair, no one would be able to tell too.

Other than Essential Night Care Milk, the 2nd saviour is Essential CC Oil. You must be wondering what CC stands for like I did. CC stands for Cuticle Care in this case and it is also multi-functional like the CC cream we used for make up. The product contains Hair Supplement Oil which is similar to hair's natural oil to allow you to have smooth and tangle-free hair all day.

I pumped twice into my palms, pressed my palms together to warm up the product then apply onto my hair working downwards from ear length. The product is watery so do be careful when you pump. 

The product is also lightly floral-scented while providing benefits to hair cuticles.

Let me show you a photo of my hair ends before I apply the product on my dry hair.

My hair ends don't look so bad right? Wait till you see a close-up.

So how does my hair ends look like after I applied Essential CC Oil?

I didn't notice visible differences until I see the close-up shots. Hair is shiner and looks healthier.

What I also realised is that there is not very shine on my palms after application on hair. This is a good thing as I know the absorption into my hair ends are good and leaves hardly any greasiness.

The retail prices of Essential Night Care Milk and Essential CC Oil are $11.90 each and can be found at leading supermarkets and personal care stores.

If you have some time for entertainment, do play the game Essential's Mane Hero available on their Facebook too.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

First & Only Patronage of Chicken King

This is another late post but it's about food this time.

Orchid Live Seafood has opened its first fastfood restaurant named Chicken King. It is located at 190 Toa Payoh Central, #01-530 and I went to try with my colleagues on a weekday evening

The restaurant could only accommodate about 30 people and note that spaces are really tight. We had to wait for about 15 minutes before we got a table.

Here's what we ordered to share.

Fried Squid

This is actually one of the best dishes we had in the restaurant. It is an enjoyable and appetisiing side dish. Crispy, a little spicy and sour.

 Fried Popcorn Chicken with Rice & Salted Egg Yolk Popcorn Chicken with Rice

These 2 are the main dishes that reminded me of KFC's RIce Bucket which tastes better. Underneath the popcorn chicken is the buttery fried rice which is only a little fragrant.

Disappointing maybe because I was expecting too much.

Prawn Paste Chicken, Fries with Yam Sauce & Fries with Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

I was expecting the fries to be served separately from the sauces but they were poured in which made the fries became soggy. Worst of all, these 2 buckets of fries were on the counter top for at least 10 minutes before they were on our table. Imagine double the sogginess, fries just can't taste great. 

 Easily, the Prawn Paste Chicken taste better than the fries.

I have forgotten to take a photo of their famous Steven Chicken which we did order. As for the taste, it is similar to Orchid Live Seafood.

I wouldn't patronize Chicken King again for the prices I am paying. I would very much rather travel to their main restaurant Orchid Live Seafood.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lunch at Whole Earth

14 Nov 2015

Ever since I have stopped working on weekends, I have more time with family and accompany my mum out for lunch.

Recently I checked out a vegetarian restaurant at Tanjong Pagar which have pretty good reviews. Whole Earth is conveniently located with just 5 minutes walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT. They serve vegetarian dishes without onion and garlic which is fantastic for my mum.

Here are the dishes we ordered.

Healthy Wolfberry Soup

The herb Codonopsis Pilosula aka Dang Shen was added into the soup. It is light and the small portion ($9.00) is enough for 2 pax. 

Olive Fried Rice

We opt for this rather than white rice since we came all the way here. Fragrant, filling for 2 and best to eat while it is hot.

Oats with Tofu

I like anything with fried oats so this has got to be my favourite dish. I can just eat this with white rice and I will feel like the happiest soul. The tofu is cripsy on the outside and soft on the inside. Even the curry leaves taste so good. Yes there is a few slices of chilli padi but it is hardly spicy.

Mango with Tamarind Fish

My mum likes this dish the most. The appetising sweet and sour gravy is especially good with white rice. The green thin slices garnish are green mango, not cucumber. The fish have been deep fried then served with the gravy. 

We spent about $65 including a hot cup of lemongrass drink and soft drink. Maybe a little on the pricey side but I would definitely be back to try other dishes.