Tuesday, December 29, 2015

[Food Review] FIVE Square at Pickering Street

Located at the Great Eastern Centre in Pickering Street, is a dining spot consists of  FIVE Square and FIV五 (Fivebar).

Modelled after the 300-yen bars in Japan, Fivebar offers a wholesome of $5 specials each and everyday while the Five Square comprises of 5 stalls offering a variety of cuisine, ranging, Japanese (Teppei Syokudo), Korean (Gogibox) Spanish (Cin.qo Tapas), Western (Omnivore) and Chinese (Grub Noodle).

With the advancement in technology, we are seeing more and more F&Bs turning to usage of technology such as, iPad menu, e-waiter as well as self-ordering kiosk to provide a more efficient service. To keep up with times and technology, FIVE Square is also introducing self-ordering kiosk where you can conveniently place your order and make payment via the mode of cash / NETS / Credit card. Once your food is ready, you will receive an SMS alert.  All these done in a breeze within a few minutes, and save the patronizers from queuing for the food and save the hassle of carrying a buzzing device.

During the Tasting, we have tried out a variety of the dishes available at the 5 stalls in FIVE Square.

Seafood paella $9.50/$12 (Cin.qo Tapas)

Teriyaki pizza $15 (Cin.qo Tapas)

Truffle Fries (Cin.qo Tapas)

Beef tacos $6.80 (Gogibox)

Kimchi fried rice with spicy chicken $8.50 (Gogibox)

Beef noodle $8.90 (Grub Noodle)

Pork noodle $9.90 (Grub Noodle)

Sampling platter $24.80 (Omnivore)

 Kaisendon $16 (Teppeo Syokudo)

Among the dishes, I enjoyed the Teriyaki pizza from Cin.qo Tapas the most, which is a fusion of both Italian and Japanese. The pizza dough is crispy and of perfect thickness that I like.  The well marinated ingredients have managed to score more points.  Followed by that, another favourite is the Sampling platter from Omnivore, which seems to be a hot favourite among all invited bloggers. The Sampling platter definitely appeals more to the meat lovers where they get to try a variety of red and white meat.

As mentioned earlier, the bar is just beside FIVE Square.  Barhoppers at Fivebar are also welcomed to order food from FIVE Square and eat in the premises of the bar while enjoying some live music, which seems to be of an economical way of chilling out!

Five Square
Great Eastern Centre #01-03, 1 Pickering St
Singapore 048659
Telephone: 8798 0245

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Early Joint Care with BRAND’S ActivMove

Are you aware that our joints deteriorate with age. Everyday movement such as walking and climbing can increase the wear and tear of our joints which lead to joint aches and pains. According to SingHealth – Osteoarthritis, the most common form of joint pains, affects approximately 40% of the adult population,  yet only 10% seek medical advice.

Joint pains can be emotionally frustrating and depressing as they cause physical discomfort and restrict daily activities. I truly feel this when I injured my knee during this May.  Being on full backslab for almost 1.5months and needing to forgo for originally planned US trip is simply depressing.  Even after I removed the backslab, the joint pain has never left me totally.  Till date, I can still feel the strain and pressure on my knees when I walk too long a distance, stand too long and even going up/down the stairs.

Do note that joint pain does not only impacts the grey hair population, but anyone of us, regardless of age!  As the sayings goes, “Prevention is better than cure”, start your prevention early with BRAND’S® ActivMove to continue the active lifestyle that you love and enjoy!

(Image Credit: BRAND’S® Singapore)

BRAND’S® ActivMove with Flexi-Boost® is formulated as a total solution for joint maintenance and protection. BRAND’S® ActivMove with Flexi-Boost® formulation contains UC-II® and Hydrolyzed Type II Collagen that alleviates joint pain to help you perform at your best. UC-II® (40mg) has been proven to be more than twice as effective as the combination of glucosamine hydrochloride (1,500mg) and chondroitin sulfate (1,200mg) in promoting joint comfort and mobility (David C. Crowley, 2009).

UC-II® is a novel ingredient extracted from natural food sources that works with the immune system to reduce inflammation and protect the existing cartilage structure. At the same time, Hydrolyzed Type II Collagen provides the building blocks for cartilage production and helps promote repair of damaged cartilage to maintain joint flexibility. Vitamin C is also added in the formula to scavenge free radicals (destroying molecules that causes cell damage within the body) and help protect joints from further degeneration.

The recommended dosage for BRAND’S® ActivMove is one tablet a day, about 60% smaller than regular glucosamine supplement; it is easy to swallow one mini tablet for doubled effectiveness.

Current Promotion 

You can get BRAND'S ActivMove at Watsons, Guardian, Unity Pharmacy and store.brandsworld.com.sg at $64 per pack of 30 tablets. From now till 15 Dec 2015, simply accumulate purchases of two packs of BRAND’S ActivMove to redeem a free Mi Band fitness tracker worth S$19.90.  Keep tabs on the number of steps taken daily and tracks activities with the sleek and fashionable Mi Band.

Current Promotion: Purchase two packs of BRAND’S ActivMove and redeem a free Mi Band

To redeem your free Mi Band fitness tracker, simply attach the proof of purchase / receipt at the above-mentioned outlets (with the exception of the online store),  and send your particulars  (Name, home address, contact number and email address) to BRAND’S® ActivMove, 18 Cross Street, #12-01/08 China Square Central, Singapore 048423.

For more info, pls call BRAND'S Customer Care line at 1800 732 4748 between 9am - 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, or log on to www.brandsworld.com.sg

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gryphon Tea Company's Travel Series

Celebrate the festive season together with The Travel Series, a specially curated range of teas from Gryphon Tea’s best-selling award-winning Artisan Selection. Conveniently sized, light, vibrant and colourful, The Travel Series is a perfect gift be it for travelling, or for the season of exchange

This travel series consists of verses of love, family and country. With teas carefully selected to reflect the mood of the theme, The Travel Series includes Di Tanjong Katong, Little Things, Singai Naadu, Blooming Gardens, Tropical Paradise and Sunny Island. Inspired by the namesake songs close to everybody’s hearts; relatable songs heard during national day parades, and the beautiful floral of Singapore’s garden city. The Travel Series boasts fun and playful flavours, an ideal and thoughtful gift for a taste of Singapore with an added warming note as a meaningful gift for Christmas.

The Travel Series is sold individually with 4 exclusively hand selected silken sachets in each travel sized box for your enjoyment.


The Travel Series ia available for sale at Gryphon Tea Official Website at S$8 each (excluding GST).
For any enquiries, kindly contact the Gryphon Tea office at (65) 6779 2948.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Home Furnishing with Wihardja Furniture

A While ago, we are invited to Wihardja, who specialised in teak wood furniture, teak wood accessories, pottery ware and soft furnishing that made in Indonesia.  The company first started its head office in Singapore in 1997, dealing with teak wood business. Currently, they have two showrooms in Singapore, offering a wider range of furniture and merchandise.

Fellow blogger friends at Wihardja (Image Credit: Claudia Lim)

With its factory located in Central Java, one may inevitably associate Wihardja's relationship to contributing to the haze.  However, Wihardja's factory does not condone the use of ‘slash and burn’ technique for the clearing of lands for cultivation, thus, they are safe from contributing to the haze in Singapore.

Having shipments direct from their factory to their customers with no middleman involved, Wihardja is able to offer quality teak furniture at excellent value, which is deemed value for money!  Their furniture are also being exported to the Asean region, extending to countries like Canada, Spain, Costa Rica and Australia!.

The company now selling mainly teak, reclaimed teak and suar wood furniture, as well as home decoration items.

Suar Wood Table & Bench Set (Image Credit: Claudia Lim)
Love these lavender baskets as home decoration!

I have a fetish for such vintage / retro looking lamp!

The bed looked so cozy that I almost attempt to lay on it!

Loving these wooden sign board too, very scrapbooking style!

The drawer cabinet is such a beauty!

Being a vivid coke lover, how can I not fall in love with this rustic table and chairs set?

love how this key holder cabinet looks like a
vintage letter box!

Cozy living room corner!

The bicycle wall decoration is so cool isn't it?

I so wanted this Coca Cola Display Stand in Reclaimed Teak
 to display my coke collection!!!
(Image credit: Wihardja)

The Swing Chair is very cozy
(Image Credit: Claudia Lim)

Can't find what you are looking for?  Simply show the picture of the design you have in mind, and provide the dimension; Wihardja can help to customise furniture in teak, mahagony or suar wood.

Depending on stock availability, orders are usually fulfil within one week. Should stock be unavailable, a fresh piece will be built in their factory and shipped over to Singapore within the stipulated 60-90 days waiting time.

Wooden furniture will require period maintenance. If you have concern on how to maintain your wooden furniture, fret not. Wihardja has shared that a furniture lemon pledge which is readily available in the supermarket, can be used for day to day maintenance, or you can get the furniture wax at Wihardja for a more intense maintenance.

Perks to Readers
From now till Dec 2016, simply quote "WJCKCHAI" to get 5% off your total purchase at Wihardja, T&Cs applies.

For Wihardja's latest promotion: 
Wihardja Instagram: https://instagram.com/wihardjasg

Wihardja Outlets:

Toh Guan Showroom
3-B Toh Guan Road East, #03-02, Singapore 608833
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 7pm Everyday
Nearest MRT Station: Jurong East MRT
Buses to there: 183

Enterprise One Showroom
1 Kaki Bukit Road 1, #01-07/08, Singapore 415934
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 8pm everyday except Wed & Thurs
Nearest MRT Station: Eunos MRT
Buses to there: 5, 15, 58, 59, 87, 25, 45, 51, 55, 93, 94, 854

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Return of the Cuckoo 《十月初五的月光》 Gala Premiere and Movie Review

The movie, RETURN OF THE CUCKOO, directed by Hong Kong renowned director Patrick Kong 叶念琛, features a stellar cast of Hong Kong’s biggest stars including Chi Lam Cheung 张智霖, Charmaine Sheh 佘诗曼, Nancy Sit 薛家燕, Michael Tong唐文龍, as well as Joe Chen陈乔恩from Taiwan.

A spin-off from the well-loved Hong Kong drama which is better known as 澳门街, RETURN OF THE CUCKOO tells the endearing tale of Man Cho (Chi Lam Cheung) who was rendered mute since young and Kwan-Ho (Charmaine Sheh).

When Man-Cho (Chi Lam Cheung), Kiki (Joe Chen) and their neighbors were celebrating Aunty Q ‘s birthday (Nancy Sit), Kwan-Ho who has migrated to US made a surprise appearance at the birthday party. Despite the jovial ambience, Kwan-ho appears to be strangely quiet and seems troubled.

At the same night, Man-Cho receives news that Lai-Sun has died in a car accident.  Being worried, Man-Cho followed Kwan-ho to the hotel and eventually saves her from her suicide attempt.   After Kwan-ho got discharged from hospital, she is still sad and often deep in thoughts. Man-Cho, Aunty Q and Kiki tried their best to cheer Kwan–ho up by showering her with care and concern.

Through the years, Man-Cho,Kwan-Ho, Kam-Sing and Aunty Q have experienced the joys and sorrows of life. While things seem to be getting better, bad news strikes with Man-Cho learning that he has cancer and left with less than half a year to live…

1999年在澳門回歸這一天,文初(張智霖飾)、琪琪(陳喬恩飾)及眾街坊在替Q姨朱莎嬌(薜家燕飾)慶生的時候, 移居美國多年的君好(佘詩曼飾)突然出現生日會,文初卻發現多年不見的君好整天沉默寡言,心事重重。


經過多年風風雨雨,文初、君好、金勝、Q姨等人嘗盡人生的喜怒哀樂,生命的甜酸苦辣。好不容易初見彩虹,文初卻在這時被醫生診斷他喉嚨的癌細胞已經擴散到大腦, 並僅剩半年壽命…

Trailer of Return of the Cuckoo 《十月初五的月光》:

Return of the Cuckoo 《十月初五的月光》 Gala Premiere
The leading cast: Chi Lam Cheung 张智霖, Charmaine Sheh 佘诗曼, Nancy Sit 薛家燕 had made their graced the opening Gala on 9 November at Resorts World Theatre.  Here are some shots from the event.

The theme song 《祝君好》is originally sang by male lead Chi Lam Cheung while the cover version for the movie is sang by our very own local songbird Kit Chan 陈洁仪. Some friends commented they totally have no feelings for Kit's version.  Being a long time fan of Kit, I have no doubts in her singing skills.  However, I can understand why my friends feel this way.  If you look into the lyrics, it is written from Man Cho's perspective.  That is why, singing from Chi Lam naturally bind the hearts stronger for those who have been watched the drama series.  Here's the 2 versions for your own comparison.

Kit's Version:

Chi Lam's Version

My Review / 電影觀后感
The movie is supposed to be a continuation from the drama series, however, there has been a lacking of sufficient connection back to the drama serial.  For some audience whom has not never watched the drama series before, may somehow feel lost at times.  Despite coming back together after 15 years, surprising the chemistry between Chilam and Charmaine is still pretty good. The movie would have fare better with a stronger storyline. Overall, I feel the movie is still enjoyable but it will definitely appeals to the fans of the drama serial as well as fans of Chilam and Charmaine.

The movie is a call out to all, to treasure the person around you and not wait till you lost him/her then regret about it.  Remember, treasure all the little things around you, and you will be surrounded by happiness.

《十月初五的月光》是電視劇《澳門街》的延續篇。然而,在劇情的連接上做得不夠充足。因此導致一些從未觀看《澳門街》的觀眾,時而一頭霧水。盡管過了15年才再度合作, 張智霖與佘詩曼之間的默契不減當年。遺憾的是,影片的故事性不夠強, 不然必定興起另一個風潮。當然,這部影片還是有可看性的。但對於《澳門街》, 張智霖與佘詩曼的粉絲,會具備更大的吸引。


Return of the Cuckoo will be screening in the cinemas on 12 Novemeber 2015.