Saturday, July 29, 2017

Skechers Sundown Festival 2017 Headlined by Local Talents

This year, homegrown talents like Derrick Hoh, FARRAGO, Jack & Rai, Jason Chung, Ling Kai and The Summer State, take stage at Skechers Sundown Festival.


  • Derrick Hoh, who emerged as the second runner up in Channel U's Project SuperStar in 2005 and gained nationwide recognition.
  • Ling Kai, the bilingual singer-songwriter, whose YouTube recording of ‘Larkin Step’ went viral and subsequently won the Red Bull Singer-songwriter contest, ‘Sing My Song’.
  • FARRAGO, a multi-ethnic band that took a bold first step in producing and releasing a full album instead of an EP and recently completed a tour in Tokyo.
  • Jack & Rai, whom first met while performing as soloists on separate nights at the local bar Barcelona, and after striking up a friendship, decided to quit their day jobs in 2006 - Rai as a teacher in Raffles JC, and Jack as a marketing executive at Sony - to focus on playing, writing and recording music.
  • Jason Chung, a veteran in the music industry, whom first carved a name as the winner of the 1993 Pioneer Karaoke Championships. Since becoming the lead vocalist of the band The Typhoon, he has wowed fans with his powerful vocals.
  • The Summer State, a local pop-punk band whom got popular with the single “I Do I Don’t”. Since then, they have opened for international acts like Simple Plan, Mayday Parade and Yellowcard.
For the past eight years, near 100 artistes from all over Asia have performed at the Sundown Festival with a diversify Asian culture and music. Artistes who have performed here include Shilah Amzah from Malaysia in 2014, Hebe Tien from Taiwan in 2011 as well as FT Island from Korea back in 2009 when the festival first organized.

As festival producers, Red Spade Entertainment hopes to use their network to provide the local artistes a wider platform to showcase their work, hopefully, spur the next stage of growth.



For more information on Sundown Festival, please visit http://www.sundownfestival.sg/



SUNDOWN FESTIVAL 2017 EVENT DETAILS
DATE: 5 August 2017 (Saturday)
TIME: Doors open from 4pm
VENUE: City Beach Resort, 8 Port Road, Labrador Park, Singapore 117540
Nearest MRT Station: CC27 Labrador Park



TICKETING INFORMATION:
General admission - $15 (excluding ticketing charge)
Tickets can be purchased online through SISTIC
AGE RESTRICTIONS: No age restriction but photo ID will be requested upon purchase of alcoholic beverages

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunshine celebrates Singapore's 52nd birthday

This year, Sunshine celebrates Singapore’s 52nd birthday with a National Day Parade inspired pack for its range of Healthier Choice cream buns. These cream buns will be available from 1 July till 31 August. Sunshine Bakeries has been sponsoring cream buns at the National Day Parade and rehearsal for decades and will be sponsoring 150,000 cream buns for this National Day.



Beside this, Sunshine bakeries has also oruganized a Facebook photo contest where by consumers stand a chance to win tickets to the National Day parade, cash prizes of $1,000 each or a Singapore themed caricature of themselves with their loved ones by posting a creative photo with Sunshine Bakeries National Day inspired packs.

For July (submission deadline July 31):
1 x pair of NDP Grandstand tickets
2 x SGD1,000 Cash Prizes

For August (submission deadline Aug 31):
3 x Singapore caricatures of the winner
2 x SGD1,000 Cash Prizes

There’s no limit to the number of entries you can make, so snap and win now!
For more information, visit http://www.sunshine.com.sg/

Thursday, June 1, 2017

DBS Marina Regatta 2017 @ The Promontory at Marina Bay

From 1 to 4 June 2017, Singapore’s Biggest BayFest, of DBS Marina Regatta (DBSMR) has returned with high-octane thrills and spills on land and water.  The regatta will be packed with a slate of unmissable activities for the outdoor enthusiasts, fitness lovers and partygoers alike from day to night, while watching the region’s top dragon boating teams battle it out against the iconic Marina Bay skyline for Asia’s highest prize purse of SGD 134,000. This year, see the debut of Singapore’s largest giant inflatable water obstacle course and Singapore’s largest interactive art dome to induce new & unique experience.


DRAGON BOATING
Jointly organised with the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), this year’s international dragon boat competition will see an estimated 90 teams and more than 3,000 athletes gathering on the waters of Marina Bay to compete for cash prizes totalling SGD 134,000 – the highest for the sport in Asia.

SAILING
Eventgoers will get the chance to experience sailing in the Bay during the regatta with DBS’ 18-metre tall Swedish Match 40 sailboats – the first of its kind in Asia. The sailboats, debuted in 2015 as part of the DBS Marina
Bay Sailing Programme, has been offering the public complimentary sailing sessions in the Bay since 2013.

BAYFEST ON LAND
This year also sees the regatta partnering up with electronic music festival behemoth Ultra, urban fitness brand lululemon, Bali’s famed beach club Potato Head and F&B curators The Local People.

* Battle Bay
This years' regatta sees the debut of Singapore’s biggest inflatable water obstacle course, spanning over 11,000 square feet (some 1,100 square metres), featuring nine challenging obstacles to navigate including balance blocks, monkey bars, wall scaling, and rope swings.




* Bay Beach
This year, the pop-up urban beach returns bigger & better, double in size from last year. Bali beach club Potato Head will be bringing in their legendary Coconut Bar here for the first time, complete with their signature uber fresh coconut cocktails and beers.


* Bay Dome
This year will see the installation of two majestic nine- and 7.5-metre tall domes at the regatta. Reaching a height of 7.5 metres, the Bay Dome will offer an immersive interactive art experience – Singapore’s largest – with an illustrated projection of the Marina Bay skyline. Eventgoers can customise their own characters and have their designs come to life on the projection to create an ever-evolving digital canvas.



* Bay Eats
For foodies, the regatta’s food village Bay Eats, will be curated by The Local People and feature food stalls from award-winning and the top new eateries in town such as the “Neo-Sin” restaurant Labyrinth, French eatery Garçons, The BellJar, Leng Leng ice cream and more.



* Play Dome 
The nine-metre-tall Play Dome will host many of the fitness classes launched by lululemon during the day. At night, the DBSMR X Ultra Countdown Party will take place exclusively at the regatta from 7pm to 10pm, on Friday and Saturday evening (2 & 3 June).


For more information, visit:
Official Website: www.dbsmarinaregatta.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dbsmarinaregatta/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dbs.sg

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Audio House Online Store Membership Program with Free Shopping Credits

Audio House, one of Singapore¹s largest home-grown retail electronics store, has recently launched their online store - Audiohouse.com.sg, along with their membership program.


Anyone can join Audio House member and get $60 free credits instantly. These credits can be offset in $20 denominations, whereby members can offset $20 with every $100 spent.  On top of that, Audio House members get $20 credits for every $100 spent. If they spend $1000, they get $200!


Howerver, do you like the idea of getting $100 shopping credits instead of $60?


All you need to do, is to sign up for Audio House Membership online on 25 May 00:00 to 23:59 and you will get an additional $40 (which makes it free $100) with immediate signup!

P/S: $100 free shopping credits only valid for sign up on 25 May 00:00 to 23:59 hours


I've just got my $100 shopping credit, what are you waiting for?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Singapore Launch of London City Development - EMERY WHARF

Have you ever thought of living in London or thinking to invest in a Lodon property?
Or do you have a child studying in London and wondering if you should buy a London home and wonder what are the residential options?

St George, London's leading residential developer, is launching Emery Wharf at London Dock in Wapping.  Emery Wharf will also be launched for sale in Singapore, with a selection of Manhattan suites, one bedroom Manhattan and one, two and three bedroom apartments, available from £539,950.


Emery Wharf, named after the dark granular Emery mineral which was one of the goods imported, is designed by renowned architects, Patel Taylor. Inspired by the historic Pennington Street Warehouse, this prominent new brick building confidently establishes new street edges and spaces of arrival through timeless materials.

Located in the heart of London, Emery Wharf is close to the iconic Tower Bridge
over the River Thames, St Katharine Docks and the City.  Situated in a prime location which is within walking distance to zone 1 transport connections from Tower Hill and Aldgate, residents can enjoy the convenience of swift access across the whole of London. Crossrail will also serve nearby Whitechapel district.


Emery Wharf offers a unique collection of one bedroom Manhattan, as well as one, two and three bedroom apartments, and also the Manhattan suite which combines open plan living and bedroom spaces, with a fully fitted mid-century inspired modern interiors,  e.g. open plan kitchens finished with integrated black appliances, and bathrooms with black framed bath and shower screens, reflecting the site's historic use as a mercantile hub.






Residents will also enjoy exclusive access to a private entrance courtyard and two private roof gardens, offering outdoor spaces for relaxing against spectacular views towards the City. They will also have exclusive access to facilities including a wifi enabled lounge, state-of- the-art gymnasium and swimming pool, complete with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, a squash court, private screening room, virtual golf suite and 24-hour concierge.







The first phase of London Dock was completed in December 2016. Residents are moving
into their new homes in Clipper Wharf and the first of 6.5 acres of public space has opened.

Tenure: 999 year lease from 1989
Anticipated Rental Yield: Circa 4%
Anticipated Completion: From Q3/Q4 2019
Service Charge: Estimated £5.42 psf
  


Public Launch of Emery Wharf In Singapore
Date: 20th -21st May 2017

Venue:
Berkeley Group PLC,
10 Marina Boulevard #16-04 
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 2
Singapore 018983.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Free Despicable Me 3 Collectibles with Purchase of Magnolia Milk Products

The minion fans will be thrilled to know that Despicable Me 3 will be screening in the cinemas from June 15th! That's not all, the minion fans also get to collect limited edition Despicable Me items with purchase of Magnolia milk products.


Get a FREE limited edition bag (4 designs) when you purchase any 2x1L or 1x2L Magnolia Pasteurised Milk or 2x800ml Yoghurt Smoothie.

Purchase a 6x250ml or 6x230ml Magnolia UHT Milk Multipack, you will also get a FREE sticker set (4 designs).


 For more information on the roadshows, visit: www.magnolia.com.sg/whats-up


Images Credit: F&N Food 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A Taste of Authentic Indonesian Food at Ayam Penyet RIA, Bedok Mall

I bet most of you should be familiar with Penyet Ayam Ria.  The name may not ring a bell for some but once I mention the Penyet Ayam Restaurant at Lucky Plaza, majority will easily point out the one that have outlets at both Level 1 & 4 of Lucky Plaza. The Ayam Penyet is an authentic Indonesia recipe passed down by the owners' grandma.

Are you aware that apart from Lucky Plaza, Ayam Penyet Ria actually have other outlets in other parts of Singapore? I wasn't aware then, until I was invited to a food tasting at the Bedok Mall outlet.

The Ayam Penyet Ria branch at Bedok Mall can be conveniently located at level 1, just opposite of Starbucks Cafe.  What caught my eyes, are the numerous bird cages hanging at the ceiling of the restaurant.



We started off the meal with starters like kerupuk Udang and Emping (Prawn Crackers)
Jamur Enoki (FriedEnoki Mushrooms), and Kulit Ayam (Chicken Skin). You definitely need to dip the prawn crackers into the sambal belacan to eat.  Spicy, but there's only one word to describe the feeling, shiok!


The enoki mushroom, stays crunchy despite being lightly battered.  So far, it is the most lightly battered ones that I've tried...


Once you start munching the fried chicken skin, you just can't stop!  As you munch, you can hear the "crackling" sound.



Next, we are served with Tahu Telor which is fried egg and tofu with peanut sauce.  I generally prefer savoury dish, so I wish for the sauce to be less sweet.  However, undeniably, the peanut sauce has a very nice aroma. FYI, most of the sauces and spices are imported from Indonesia to provide the authentic taste of Indonesia.



How can one miss their Signature dish - Ayam Penyet (Smashed Fried Chicken) when stepped into Ayam Penyet Ria? The delectable ayam penyet, served with fried bean curd, tempeh (processed soy food) and kang kong (water spinach), is enjoyable with a bowl of fragrant rice and the sambal belacan.


However, Ayat Penyet Ria does not only serve ayam penyet but also ikan penyet - 
Ikan Gurame Penyet (Smashed Gurame fish), Lele Penyet (Smashed Catfish) and Bawal Penyet (Smashed Pomfret). Love the deep fried gurame fish is, the entire fish is fried till so crispy that you can even eat up the finer bones. The catfish is rather meaty, but I prefer the pomfret to it due to the natural sweetness of the pomfret fish.





The Es Campur is basically Ice Mixed Fruits, with most ingredients similar to the Ice Kachang, but served without condense milk and with added cempedak.  However, I think I will prefer it to serve with condense milk like the Ice Kachang. I will recommend you to try the Jus Alpukat (Indonesia Avocado Juice) instead as it has a rich and creamy taste, but I secretly hope that it will be less sweet.


The Lava Boy and Lava Girl is pretty much colourful soda drinks, greatly instagrammable. Personally, I prefer the Lava Boy that is more refreshing.


Do you know that Ayam Penyet Ria is already trademark registered? So this is where you can be assured to find the authentic Indonesian dining experience.  The various outlets as below:

Ayam Penyet Ria @ Lucky Plaza (Level 1)
Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road #01-45, Singapore 238863
Tel: (65) 6235 6390
Open daily 11:00 – 22:00

Ayam Penyet Ria @ Lucky Plaza  (Level 4)
Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road #04-25, Singapore 238863
Tel: (65) 62356390
Open daily 12:00 – 21:00

Ayam Penyet Ria @ Far East Plaza
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road #05-22
Tel: (65) 67334336
Open daily 11:30 – 22:00

Ayam Penyet Ria @ Jurong Point
1 Jurong West Central 2 #B1-06, Singapore 648886
Tel: (65) 6794 3015
Open daily 11:30 -21:00

Ayam Penyet Ria @ Bedok Mall
Bedok Mall 311 New Up Changi Rd #01-71/72, Singapore 467360
Tel: (65) 6441 0025
Open daily 11:30 – 22:00

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant Chilli Crab Challenge

Do you love chilli crab?


If you are dare for a challenge to eat 3 crabs totalling 2Kg with 6 mantous (buns) within 30mins... sign up for the challenge at https://chillicrabchallenge.com/chilli-crab-challenge, which is organized by Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant (万隆华和海鲜菜馆), from 1 May to 1 June 2017.


Win the challenge, you get to eat the crabs and mantous for free.  Fail?  Fret not, you get to enjoy the scrumptious chilli crab at a discounted rate of $88 (usual price: $120).


A $10 deposit is required to book for the challenge slot, the deposit will be refunded after completion of the challenge!

Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood 万隆华和海鲜菜馆
122/124 Casuarina Rd, Singapore 579510
Tel : 64522824 / 64554013

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 11am to 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm to 11pm (Mon-Thur)
5pm to 12am (Fri-Sun & Public Holidays)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portico Host - a Hidden Gem in Alexandra

Portico Host (formerly known as Hosted on the Patio) is nestled among the commercial buildings along Alexandra Road.


Be welcomed by its lovely garden and sprawling alfresco space when you stepped into Portico Host.  A lovely venue where one will enjoy chilling out with families and friends over some drinks.  Seemingly, a hidden gem among the commercial buildings.




In fact, the main dining hall area is of such homely feel that one finds it a cozy venue to dine in with families and friends, a great venue for catching up.





The Portico Host has recently revamped its menu.  Starters served include, Duo Crab & Trio of Skin.

The Duo Crab is a delighting dish, filled with elements of surprise. Deep fried baby crabs, so crispy that you can eat it on its own or with the edible soil which is actually of salted egg. Dip your fried mantou into the chili mud crab meat dip but it would have score better if the spicy level of the dip is slight raised.




The Trio of skin includes deep fried eel skin and pork floss, chicken skin with host seasoning and the pork skin crackling. These are great snacks that goes well with the beer or on themselves! My personal favourite got to be the fried chicken skin which is so crispy and flavourful that I couldn't stop helping myself with it.


Next come the main courses.



The freshness of the hottate (scallop) matters most when comes to dishes like Hotatte Tattaki. The fresh scallops, pan seared till golden brown and topped with mentaiko, apple slaw, avrugu caviar and crispy kawa ebi, is a different take from the usual salted pan seared scallop, with a burst of flavours!



The Grilled Octopus is certainly not the dish for me as I have never really fancy eating octopus.  However, undeniably, the plating is beautiful and the Sous-vide potatoes chunks taste awesome!


I was never a fan of Chicken Breast, but the Seared Chicken Breast surprisingly, is my second favourite among the variety of main courses! Tender and succulent, the chicken breast manages to retain the moisture and tasted juicy! The is the dish that I will highly recommend to the health conscious eaters!  Healthy, yet taste is not compromised.


The Snapper Pie is the top choice among all. The dish is simply toothsome!  The snapper fillet is very fresh and of generous serving, the combination with wild mushroom ragout, asparagus, tomato and a hint of truffle oil is simply amazing and I thought I'm having a snapper fillet in mushroom soup pie!


The beef lovers should go for the 72 Hour Braised Angus Beef Cheek. After braised for 72 hours, the beef cheek remains tender and delectable. There is certainly no complains even for someone like me who hardly eat beef.


The BBQ Pork rib, with a tangy BBQ sauce, is tenderly grilled and can be easily cut into pieces. The portion is huge, thus, it is recommended to share if you are a small eater.


The Duck Leg Confit, sitting on top of potato mash, purple cabbage stew, red pepper coulis, is drizzled with Port wine sauce, is also succulent dish. Love its crispy duck skin.

Lastly, we are served the Pineapple dessert, Kaya Cream Brulee and Tiramisu, and ended the meal with a sweet note!

The all pineapple dessert consists of pineapple & rubbed crumber, dehydrated pineapple slices and pineapple sherbet.  The presentation reminds you of a garden, however, it is too sweet for my liking while the sorbet is too sour for me too.


The flower pot of Tiramisu sits on the bed of edible soil, made up of mashed Oreo cookies. It can hardly go wrong by ordering the Tiramisu here.


Love Cream Brulee? Then you should give it a try to the Kaya Cream Brulee. A fusion dessert with local flavour - Kaya. On a side note, it is on the sweeter side, so this may not suit the taste of those who does not have a sweet tooth.


The overall dining experiences at the Portico Host restaurant was great.  The cozy settings and the friendly staff made me feel at home.  I've enjoyed most of the dishes, of which, dishes that I highly recommend are -- the Duo Crab, Hotatte Tattaki, Seared Chicken Breast, Snapper Pie and the Kaya Cream Brulee.

Last but not least, if you have the entertainer app, don't forget to utilise your 1 for 1 main course coupon to save some money!


Portico Host Restaurant
Address: 991B Alexandra Road #01-10, Singapore 119970
(Nearest MRT station: Labrado Park MRT Station)
Tel: 6276 7337

Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday, Closed on Sundays
11:30am – 3:00pm
5:30pm – 11:30pma