Starbucks Christmas Open House! – 5th December 2013

Coming into the 10th year, Starbucks has been supporting the Singapore Salvation Army with the annual charity drive. Head down to Starbucks outlets on the 5th December between 5pm to 7pm and make a donation to the Singapore Salvation Army. Drinks* shall be on the house! Do donate generously to assist those who needs help!

Starbucks Christmas Open House

* Only applicable for Starbucks Christmas beverages which include Toffee Nut Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Cranberry White Chocolate Mocha.

Review: Google Chromecast

After using the Apple TV (ATV2) for many years, now is the time to try out a new gadget to connect to my TV. Google Chromecast was released on 24th July 2013. It is like a USB flashdrive (except that the port is a HDMI), measuring 7.2cm, which allows you to stream audio/video content via WIFI from the Internet or your local browser. You will then control the device either via your computer or your mobile devices be it  Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, or Chrome for Windows.

Google Chromecast     Google Chromecast Back

Google Chromecast Inside     Chromecast Stick

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A Lovely French Birthday Dinner Treat in the Suburbs at Vis-a-Vis

Like I say, these few months have been full of celebrations and finally, it’s my hatch-day on the 4th September. Although my birthday fell on a weekday this year, Colin specially took leave to spend this day with me and Ashley. It’s a blessing when you have your loved ones spending this very day with you even if you cannot have meals at the poshiest restaurant in town (you would get what I mean when you have a little one at home). One of the frustrating things on arranging of a lunch/dinner venue on this special occasion with a little angel in tow is that some restaurants are practically baby-UNfriendly (whereby they do not allow prams in their restaurant premises or kids under a certain age to dine indoors) so I definitely understand Colin’s difficulties in finding an ideal restaurant for my birthday especially I am also as fussy a eater.

So extremely glad I am when he found Vis-a-Vis, a cozy French restaurant located in the suburbs at Jalan Kembangan. The restaurant is like a hidden gem exuding with a rustic charm of country Provence and most importantly, without all the parking hassles of downtown dining. Furthermore, the friendly service provided by Francis and Michael added on to the wonderful dinner experience and Chef Jeremy even came out to explain on the best way to taste the dishes such that our palates are full satisfied.

Here’s a look at some of the dishes we had that night.

Entrees Chaudes

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Foie Gras

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Review: Philips AVENT Steamer and Blender

Being a first-time mum makes every part of your baby’s growth a learning journey. With Ashley approaching 6 months, it is time to introduce her to semi-solids and not surprising, I am totally clueless how to go about weaning her. Furthermore, it has been a challenge trying to introduce her to formula milk during this period. Therefore, I have to think hard and through on the best way to introduce her to semi-solids. New knowledge can be especially overwhelming and contradicting as compared to tradition methods of weaning the baby. Through attending of weaning courses during my pregnancy, nutritionists have taught me that the best way to wean the baby is to introduce them to single ingredient pureed food (starting from vegetables and gradually to fruits) such that the babies will be able to taste and differentiate different food. In contrast, our mothers and grandmothers has started weaning most of us through the introduction of home-cooked porridge with ikan bilis, carrots, spinach and so on. So what is the best way for our baby then?

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Buddha Jumps Over the Wall @ Ban Heng Restaurant

This is a month of celebrations. After celebrating Colin’s birthday on the last day of July, next comes my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday on the first week of August. It is never easy to think of dinner venues for birthday celebrations, let alone a 60th birthday celebration. After much deliberation, we decided to go for a chinese delicacy, Buddha jumps over the wall at Ban Heng Restaurant. Earlier, we have tasted the dish two years back when my parents gave us a treat in celebration of the July babies at home and we were satisfied with the quality of the dish. So, I thought, “Why not celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday there this year?” Colin agreed and I proceeded on with the restaurant reservation a week before the celebration. Here is the world acclaimed Buddha jumps over the wall at a glance.

Buddha jumps over the wall

Buddha jumps over the wall

Round 2 tasting Abalone, sharks cartilage and sea cucumber

Round 2 tasting
Abalone, sharks cartilage and sea cucumber

Round 3 tasting Pork tendons,black mushroom in broth

Round 3 tasting Pork tendons,black mushroom in broth

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