Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Happy Teeth-Brushing with Playbrush

Believe it or not, 1 in 2 kids have one or more rotten teeth by the start of primary school. I find it quite a shocking fact and yes, I was checking on my 4-year old nephew's teeth after reading this.

Some parents may have the thought that the milk teeth with bacteria will be lost and the adult teeth may grow out just fine. That's not true. Cited from the Straits Times article, "bacteria from the milk tooth can result in an abscess that will spread to the tooth growing under it". It's time to do something if you have a child to care for.

Brushing techniques are also important and parents are advised to supervise or even help with second round of brushing. Do visit the dentist when you have to.

Thanks to SampleStore for sending the Playbrush for my 4-year old nephew Beorn to brush his teeth in an more interesting way. Let's begin by watching how much he enjoys using Playbrush through the game app Utoothia.



I believe you have understand better how Playbrush works for the kids by making teeth-brushing as a game.


A Playbrush set consists of the user manual, Utoothia user manual, USB cable and the Playbrush device.


The Playbrush device consists of 2 parts namely the white charging component and the pink bluetooth component. These 2 components can be separated in order to connect the white charging component to the USB cable for charging. For first-time users, you just need to charge for 1 minute and you can start using Playbrush.

The toothbrush needs to be inserted into the pink component of the Playbrush and make sure that the smartphone's Bluetooth is on. Open the app Utoothia and register as a player. The white component of the Playrbush will blink continuously with a yellow light when it is has been detected by the app Utoothia.

In the Utoothia video above, you will notice that the green creatures named Crobies were going towards the centre where your character is. The Crobies represent the bacteria in the mouth from the top, lower, right and left sides of the teeth. The aim is to stop these Crobies from getting to you and brush in the direction where the Crobies are. Each game lasts for 2 minutes and will allow the user to have ample time to brush each tooth.

My nephew now requests to use the Playbrush even after having lunch. Brushing is no longer a chore to him and it has definitely improved his mouth hygience. 

The app Utoothia runs smoothly and is quite receptive to bluetooth. This is important as kids don't have patience to wait for the app to load.

Playbrush is having various contests for you to win a set to play.
1) Facebook Contest that ends on 24 July 2016
2) If you already own a Playbrush set, do head on here to participate in the High Score Contest

Playbrush is looking for a kids ambassador from 24 July 2016 so do head on to Sample Store Facebook for details.

Do check out here for more bloggers' reviews of Playbrush and their website for more details. Not forgetting the promo code: PBSG2016 to enjoy S$20 off from the retail price off S$89.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Baked Salmon with Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce

I tried another recipe I found online and simplified it for simpler cooking. This is a healthy and easy recipe for lunch.




Ingredients (Portion for 4)
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp minced garlic
600g salmon filet
1 small broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 pack baby carrots

1) Pre-heat the oven to 190°C for 10mins.

2) While waiting, stir-fry the minced garlic till fragrant and add lemon juice using medium heat.

3) When the lemon juice has reduced by half, add in 1 tbsp unsalted butter and let it melt slowly. You can remove the frying fan from the stove from time to time to overheat.

3) When the butter has melted, add the balance 1 tbsp butter and allow it to melt.

4) Scope the sauce into a bowl for use later.

5) Spread a bit of butter on the aluminium foil where the salmon will be packed in.

6) Place the salmon on the aluminium foil and spread the sauce on top. Seal the aluminium foil and place in oven to bake for 10-14 mins.

6) Boil a pot of water to cook the broccoli and baby carrots for 5mins and serve on plates.

7) When the salmon is cooked, open up the aluminium foil and let it broil for another 2-3 mins before serving.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar

Thanks to Try & Review, I had the chance to use the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar, It is silicone and paraben-free thus I could it not to harm my hair and scalp.



The product is in a plastic packaging with a screw-in cap. I do find it difficult to control the amount of product pouring out, I ended out wasting a bit of the product and cleaning up the mess on the exterior of the bottle.

Talking about the scent, it really reminds me of Ribena just that this is much stronger.

Let me show you how my hair looks like before using it.



There isn't shine at all and looks a little drizzy and dry.

After rinsing the shampoo off my hair, I pour out about a 50-cent coin volume of the Yves Rocher Rinsing Vinegar and started lathering on my hair. I try to avoid my scalp and I use other scalp products.

After leaving it on for 1-2 mins, I rinsed off with water and felt the difference immediately. My hair was so much smoother and lighter. I was impressed.

After I have towel-dry my hair, I could still smell the rinsing vinegar on my hair. The scent was really strong.

Here's how my hair look like after drying.



I could vividly see the shine on my hair and realised how much more manageable it has become. I would definitely use this before attending a special occasion.


A bottle of 150ml retails $18 which is affordable and since the advised usage is twice a week, a bottle of this can last for months. You can get it in all Yves Rocher outlets.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hai Nan Hometown Curry

Allow me to introduce one of my favourite stalls for curry chicken, Hai Nan Hometown Curry.

It was previously located at 505 Jurong West St. 52 and have shifted to Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre. I didn't know they shifted until this week. The stall is operated by a couple and they sell value-for-money curry dishes.


Other than curry chicken, I have also tried their curry pork ribs, curry vegetables and curry fishhead (replaced by asam stingray) but I still prefer their curry chicken.

Each bowl of $4.50 consists of 1 wing, 1 drumstick, 2 potatoes and a generous bowl of curry for you to dip your bread or eat with white rice. The amount of curry is definitely enough for you to coat every rice grain.


My first mouth of it was so shiok. The curry is creamy and not as oily as the one at Queensway Shopping Centre. I like that the chicken is tender and cooked just right. If you can't take very spicy food, this curry is still right for you.

Will I go back? Of course I will and wouldn't be long till I patronize again. Do note that the stall is closed on Monday.

20 Ghim Moh Road
#01-49 Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre
Singapore 270020

Friday, July 1, 2016

Kang Kang Laksa Express Meal Kit

Kang Kang Laksa

I chanced upon the brand Kang Kang from a follower's instagram in which she snapped pictures of the food she prepared using Kang Kang express meal kits.

I am about savings time and effort when comes to cooking  thus I decided to try their Laksa Express Meal Kit. It includes 1 serving of laksa noodle, 1 pack of coconut powder and 1 pack of laksa paste.

Here are the ingredients I used for 4 servings.


3 packs of Kang Kang Laksa Noodle
100g of beansprouts
4 eggs
10 pcs of Tau Pok (each sliced into 2)
180g Fish Cake (sliced)

Instructions

1) Boil 4 eggs till fully cooked. Leave them in ambient temperature water for at most 5 mins to cool down before peeling the egg shells.

2) Boil a pot of water to cook the Kang Kang Laksa Noodle. Alternatively, you can just soak them in hot water to warm it up.

3) Rest the Kang Kang Laksa Noodle in a bowl while cooking the other ingredients.

4) Boil 1000ml of water in a cooking pot, add the laksa paste and coconut powder. Stir to mix well.

5) Add the fish cake, tau pok and beansprouts to cook for 3 minutes and you are ready to serve.

Here's how my bowl of laksa looks like.


The flavour was not bad but not spicy enough.for me. The tau pok was soaked with the goodness of the laksa.

I would rate the Kang Kang Laksa Express Meal Kit 9 out of 10.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Laksa Noodle in Miso

I have been cooking lunch in office for a few months and got to say that I have saved quite a fair bit of money.

Let me share with you an easy, quick and oil-free recipe for Laksa Noodle in Miso which I have cooked today.


Serving for 2

Ingredients:
200g Laksa Noodles
6 large prawns
1/2 round tube of silken tofu (cut into small cubes)

Sauces:
1 tbsp mirin
1 tsp Japanese soy sauce
2 tbsp white miso paste

Garnish:
1 stalk Spring onion
Seaweed

Instructions:

1) Boil a pot of water and add in the Laksa Noodles to cook for 1 minute.

2) Rest the Laksa Noodles in a bowl and add in the small cubes of silken tofu to cook.

3) Rest the silken tofu cubes and add in the prawns to cook.

4) Rest the prawns.

5) In the bowl of cooked Laksa Noodles, add in the sauces and mix well.

6) Serve the marinated Laksa Noodles in a bowl and add in the prawns, silken tofu cubes, spring onion and seaweed.

Till my next cooking session in office.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday Out with Mum

26 June 2016

Brought mum out to town, like finally,

We walked from Takashimaya to shop for footwear but ended up spending more time at the Gundam fair at the atrium.

No regrets as we got to see the mascot, I am guessing it was the Strike Gundam. I can't imagine how heavy the costume is.



Continued to walk down to Centrepoint just for egg tarts at Honolulu Cafe.



We queued for about 30mins and each of us could only buy 3 egg tarts for dine-in and takeaway. We were advised to order 6 in total, ate how many we wanted then takeaway for the rest by spending $0.50 for the box. They sure know how to do business.

About the taste, I still prefer Leung San Hong Kong Pastries at Tiong Bahru. Comparing the two, the crust of the egg tarts at Honolulu Cafe is thinner and flakier but the egg custard could be sweeter. I wouldn't queue again just for the egg tarts.

I also had the hot milk tea which you got to add the white sugar by yourself. It is quite thick but didn't impress me much.

Enough of food for now, we walked down to Plaza Singapura and did some shopping at TEMT. I could understand why their business was not bad as the prices were really low. A casual top can cost as low as $4.95?! I bought a sleeveless top at $9.95 which I was quite impressed.

And yes, we headed for dinner at Teng Bespoke Vegetarian Restaurant at 5:30pm.

There aren't many (or even none) vegetarian japanese restaurants in Singapore? Let's hope it won't disappoint.

The ambience was good and staff were friendly.




We ordered one of the chef's recommendation, Avocado Maki ($15), to share, Buck Wheat Noodle for myself ($11) and Golden Mushroom Tempura Don for mum.



The avocado maki was a good appetizer. The avocado was fresh and thinly sliced. Just a small dip with wasabi and soya sauce is sufficient.



The portion of the soba was quite big and 2 to share would be ideal if you have other dishes.



Mum loves the fried tofu and the miso soup. I especially love the black sesame panna cotta. It should be about $22 for a set like this.

We also brought Unagi Maki (Chef's Recommendation) for takeaway, We spent $70 in total for an extremely full dinner.

We didn't bought much stuff but we indeed bought food home.