Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cafédirect Introduces Nespresso-compatible Americano Premium Coffee Capsules

Cafédirect, the UK’s largest award-winning 100% Fairtrade hot drinks company, has officially debuted its Cafédirect Americano premium coffee in Singapore supermarkets,. These capsules are compatible with any Nespresso machine, so coffee lovers can expand their cuppa options and variety to enjoy premium Americano coffee.



Made from 100% Arabica beans, each capsule contains 5.3g blend of Tanzanian and Mexican coffee, with an intensity of 8/12.  This blend balances the well-roundedness of Mexican coffee with the rich toffee notes iconic of Tanzanian coffee, with natural crema topping off with a velvety smooth finish. ‘Crema’ refers to the froth, characteristic of the blend’s high quality and excellent roast



With Cafédirect’s fairtrade business model, 50% of the profits go back to the coffee growers where
the beans are passionately nurtured and harvested. This not only improves life for the growers, but
quality of each coffee bean as well.


The Cafédirect Americano pods are retailing at $8.90 for a pack of 10 and available at all FairPrice Xtra and FairPrice Finest outlets.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Buddy Cops 《刑警兄弟》 Movie Review

BUDDY COPS 《刑警兄弟》is a upcoming comedy-action Hong Kong movie directed by Peter Chik 戚家基 and produced by Eric Tsang 曾志偉 . Starring Bosco Wong 黄宗泽 and King Kong 金刚, featuring an all-star supporting cast like Kate Tsui 徐子珊, Charmaine Fong 方皓玟 , Jordan Chan 陳小春, and many more!


Buddy Cops 《刑警兄弟》 Synopsis
Fei and Johnny are two rookie cops, raised in single-parent families. They are constantly bickering and can’t stand the presence of each other. Not only are they loggerheads at work, their lives further intertwined when each of their parent fell crazily in love and got married! Soon, the “brothers” are assigned to investigate a murder case that leads them to a big conspiracy, where hilarious happenings await.



 

 








Starring: Eric Tsang, Bosco Wong, King Kong, Kate Tsui, Charmaine Fong
Directed by: Peter Chik
Produced by: Eric Tsang
Run time : 100 mins
Genre : Crime-Comedy

Buddy Cops 《刑警兄弟》 Movie Trailer


Buddy Cops 《刑警兄弟》 Movie Review
There are pretty much sexual connotations used through out the movie which may cause slight discomfort to some.  The movie is pretty much of a comedy that you can hear hysterical laughter through out the movie session, however, the storyline is rather weak which you already can guess what's next.  Something worth a mention is Kate Tsui dumping aside her beautiful and seductive look and putting up with a nerdy look. Despite her nerdy looks, one can't help feeling her attractive with her sincere and caring character.  Go for the movie if you only need a great laugh off to


BUDDY COPS《刑警兄弟》 will be screening in the cinemas from 21st April 2016.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Artisan "Treasures" by Gryphon Tea Company

Quench your palette with an assortment of 10 different tea variants in Gryphon Tea New Artisan Treasures which will be retailing at S$18.50 (excluding GST), exclusively on Gryphon Tea Company website. A box of Gryphon Treasures impresses with its 20 delicate silken sachets  with two sachets of each variant from the best-selling Artisan Selection.

Gryphon Treasures is definitely the “Treasure” , perfect for individuals who love to explore a variety of tea flavours or crave a different brew each day,. Each box consists of 10 diverse flavours, two variants for each tea type: black, green, white, oolong and rooibos teas.  Enjoy a selection of tea blends ranging from Straits Chai, Contessa Grey, Marrakesh Mint, Osmanthus Sencha, White Gingerlily, Nymph of the Nile, Lily of the Field, Templetree Lotus, Mogambo and Tomatino.

Gryphon Tea New Artisan Treasures can be purchased from Gryphon Tea Official Website  For any enquiries, you may contact the Gryphon Tea office at (65) 6779 2948.

To check on latest launch and promotions, visit Gryphon Tea Company Facebook Page.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Binggrae Melona: Refreshing Banana Flavoured Ice Bar

Melona is a South Korean melon-flavored creamsicle, manufactured by the Binggrae Co. Ltd. Although the product is called "Me...lona" and is identified by melon flavor, the creamsicle also comes in other fruit flavors.

Image Credit: B's Mart
The Melona Ice Bar, which was first introduced in 1992, has captivated the taste buds of South Koreans ans soon become the nation’s most favoured ice-cream bar. Its velvety texture with bursting frutilicious flavours is the perfect frozen treat to stave off the sweltering weather or to end any meal with a sweet notThe latest flavour to hit our local stores is Melona Banana Flavoured Ice Bar, which is directly imported from South Korea by F&N Creameries, and has been certified as a Halal food. This creamsicle is a perfect combination of milky goodness with rich banana delight that is sure to leave anyone wanting for more.
Image Credits: F&N Creameries
The Melona Banana Flavoured Ice Bar is now available in a box of eight bars (80ml each) in FairPrice, Sheng Siong outlets as well as from redmart.com at the retail price of S$7.65/box.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Bodyguard 《特工爷爷》 Movie Review

Sammo Hung made his return as director, action director as well as lead actor in his latest blockbuster action movie, The Bodyguard , 19 years after 1997's Once Upon a Time in China and America.

Andy Lau, together with several top-notch actors such as Hu Jun, Feng Shaofeng, Eddie Peng Yuyan, Song Jia, Tsui, Hark, Karl Maka, Dean Shek, Yuen Biao, Yuen Qiu, Yuen Wah, Yuen Ting, Yuen Bo have made their guest appearance in the movie, adding more glory to the movie.




The Bodyguard 《特工爷爷》Movie Synopsis:
The Bodyguard shows a retired bodyguard (Hung) who has settled in the dark and unknown corner of the world where China, Russia and North Korea meet. Suffering from the early stage of dementia, the bodyguard is befriended by a young girl whose life is threatened when her father (Lau) falls in with the local crime world. When the girl and her father disappear, the bodyguard must call upon his long forgotten skills to save the life of his young friend.




















The Bodyguard 《特工爷爷》Movie Trailer:



Do you know that the original theme song 《原谅我》is written and sang by Andy Lau?


The Bodyguard 《特工爷爷》Movie Review:
While this is supposed to be an action-packed movie, there is something heart warming about the movie, the friendship between Sammo Hung and Andy Lau's daughter, which is of no difference from  a genuine pair of grandpa and granddaugher.  The 64 year old Sammo Hung may have shown signs of old age, he is still vigorous in mind and body. The special appearance of Andy Lau is surprisingly short which many wished he could have appeared more in the movie.If you are into actions and thriller only, this movie may not totally fit your bill as half of the movie covers about the love between a grandparent and grandchild.  However, the storyline of the movie is pretty well drafted, I will still recommend the movie and rate it with 3.5/5.


The Bodyguard will be officially released in the cinemas on 7th April 2016.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

[Media Tasting] Tea Valley @ Downtown East, Pasir Ris

The first thought that come across one's mind when mentioned Tea Valley, it must be a place for tea drinking.

True Enough, Tea Valley first started out as a tea drinking outlet @ Downtown East.  However, it is now a family-friendly restaurant chain that offers Taiwanese cuisine based on age-old recipes, offering authentic Taiwanese dishes, steamboats, finger foods and tea at affordable pricing. Beside Downtown East, Tea Valley also has branches at POMO, Chevron House and The Central.  One new branch will be opening at Tiong Bahru Plaza soon this April.



Recently was invited to the Tea Valley @ Downtown East along with Meryl for a media tasting where we get to enjoy some of their Taiwanese delights.




Cripsy Salted Chicken got to be the hot favourite among all.  Crispy on the crust while retaining the juiciness of the flavoursome chicken meat. The savory taste is well balanced without one feeling thirsty after eating. One piece after another, this is simply addictive!



Fried Enoki Mushroom is another of my personal favourite as I always love eating Enoki mushroom. lightly battered and fried to crispy, this crunchy snack is super addictive! I can have a whole plate on my own!



Deep Fried Cuttlefish is another favourite among all, as unlike those that we eat elsewhere which tends to have a heavy batter, we get to taste the cuttlefish.


The Sesame Chicken is mouthwatering to most of us. The flavourful broth of sesame oil and ginger makes this dish a delectable one, especially when the chicken pieces are so tender. However, I personally would love a more distinctive taste of Sesame oil.



The Hot and Sour Noodle does not disappoint, however, I will prefer mine with more sourness and a little more spice.



Mini Seafood Steamboat (Teriyaki Chicken - optional). The mini seafood steamboat is currently available at the Downtown East branch only. With a good mixed of seafood and vegetables & corn, the soup has a pleasing sweet taste that is so full-flavoured!  You can choose to add on with the Terriyaki Chicken that is palatable to make your meal even more complete.





Having stepped into Tea Valley, one of course should not miss out trying their teas, they have a variety of teas, but it hot and cold, and we have tried a couple of them.

Hot Rose Honey Tea, served in a mini glasspot, let you enjoy the beautiful sight of the rose buds in the pot while enjoying your tea.  I believe most are familiar with the benefits of honey, but how about rose tea? Rose tea, packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, is best when your body needs a boost. It also helps to reduce menstrual pain, improves skin and hair conditions, boosts immune system, acts as remedy for sore throat, improves digestion, aids weight loss and also relieve one from stress & anxiety.


Jasmine Passion Tea with white pearls, passion fruit is my all time favourite and I love the subtle sweetness with the aromatic passion fruit pulp and Jasmine Tea.

Honey Lemon Tea with white pearls of zesty taste is refreshing and goes well with the fried Taiwanese snacks!

Jasmine Milk Tea with white pearls is of a slight different rendition of what you usually taste elsewhere. There is less milk content, so it may not be your cup of milk tea if you love your milk tea real milky.  However, if you are one who really enjoy drinking the tea itself, then this is the one that you get to enjoy the aroma of the Jasmine tea, with the taste lingers around each sip you take.



For more information and latest promotions, visit:


Tea Valley Outlets

Downtown East
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close #01-05A Downtown East, Singapore, Singapore 519599.
Phone: 65833055.
Opening hours as follow:
11am-10pm (Mon-Sun)

POMO
Address: 1 Selegie Road, #01-26 Pomo Singapore, Singapore – 188306 
Phone: 63371598.
Opening hours as follow:
10am – 9.30pm (Mon-Sun) except PH.

Chevron House
Address: 30 Raffles Place #B1-04 Chevron House Singapore 048622.
Phone: 65335355.
Opening hours as follow:
10am – 8pm (Mon-Fri) except PH.

The Central
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #B1-47 The Central Singapore 059817
Phone: 62213835.
Opening hours as follow:
11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)

Tiong Bahru Plaza (Coming Soon April 2016)
Address: 298 Tiong Bahru Road #02-110 Tiong Bahru Plaza Singapore 168732.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Sleepless in April @ THRILL TV Channel

It's the time of the year where the Qing Ming Festival is here, a time to pray / reminisce the loved ones who have deceased.  It's also a time to call for the supernatural / thriller movies!

THRILL, Asia's first and only movie channel dedicated 24/7 to the widely popular horror, thriller and suspense genres movies from Asia and Hollywood.  THRILL is also coming up a "Sleepless in April" theme, featuring below 4 movies on Qing Ming Festival itself.

The Devil Inside Me 夺命心跳 – 2:



Year of Release: 2011
Director: 张琦 (Zhang Qi)

Starring:
梁家辉 (Tong Leung) as 蒋牧 (Jiang Mu)
林熙蕾 (Kelly Lin) as 林嫣 (Lin Yan)
安雅 (An ya) as 江北燕 (Jiang Beiyan)
黄维德 (Victor Huang) as 马本科 (Ma Benke)

A horror/thriller movie that follows main protagonist Lin Yan, who gets a heart transplant but starts experiencing flashbacks and visions from the heart donor. She starts to investigate these harrowing visions and finds that her surgeon is not all he seems to be.

Dairy 妄想 – 4:00PM




Year of Release: 2006
Directed by: 彭顺 Oxide Pang

Starring:
蔡卓妍 (Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin) as 梁咏娜 (Winnie Leung)  & 何丽仪 (Yvonne Ho)
余文樂 (Shawn Yue) as 刘成坤 (Seth Lau) &  范伟豪 (Ray)

In this psychological thriller find out about the secrets of Winnie Leung's, a ordinary perfume counter girl with a dark secret hidden within her Diary.

The Deserted Inn 荒村客栈 – 5:45PM




Year of release: 2008
Director: Jiang Zhang

Starring:
关智斌 (Kenny Kwan)  as 孟凡 (Meng Fan)
何美钿(He Mei Tian) As 何盈 (He Ying)
张檬 (Zhang Meng) as欧阳小枝  (Ou Yang Xiaozhi)
罗家英 (Law Kar-Ying) as 冯老板 (Boss Feng)
薛山 (Xue Shan) as 欧阳 (Ou Yang)

A music composer travels to a deserted inn looking for solace to revive his dying career. While he was there, he begins to see visions that drive him insane but he also discovers that the innkeeper is hiding a dark secret.

Nightmare 青魘 – 7:30PM 




Year of Release: 2012
Director: Herman Yau

Starring:
薛凯琪 (Fiona Sit) as 伊凡 (Yi Fan)
黄轩 (Huang Xuan) as 郝冬 (Hao Dong)
周楚楚 (Zhou Chuchu) as 骆晓月 (Luo Xiao Yue)

A man suffering from insomnia witnesses a murder one night but he cannot recall details of that night as he begins to mix his dreams with reality. With help from his girlfriend and hypnotherapy, he begins to vividly recount events which exposes a series of mysteries which they chase after.


THRILL Channel is available in Singapore on:
mio TV, Channel 415, and 
Starhub, Channel 618.

To keep up with the latest upcoming thriller movies, visit:


Images Credit: THRILL