Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Taste of 300 years tradition with Singapore's First-ever Yuzu Bath at Yunomori Onsen & Spa

Yunomori, the first and only authentic Japanese onsen with the largest variety of pools in Singapore, is bringing in the first-ever yuzu bath, which will be available for a  limited time until 31 Dec 2016.


Guests can enjoy all-day access to the onsen facilities at S$38+ only, where everything is provided for.  From locker facilities to yukata, towel, use of luxury brand Puri Alchemy’s toiletries and other lifestyle amenities. Apart from yuzu bath, guests can also have enjoy other onsen baths variations, including Soda Bath, Bubble Bath, Jet Bath and Cold Bath; and other facilities such as the Sauna and Steam Room and lounge where they rejuvenate their senses.


One's body will be supremely receptive to the benefits of massage, after the relaxation of Onsen bath. Guests can choose to add on the authentic Thai spa therapies that last between 30 - 90 minutes of massage treatment, with an additional fee from S$30+ to S$118+.

The yuzu bath has been a tradition practised by the Japanese on the winter solstice day, since early 18th century. It is believe that the yuzu bath can help to ward off winter colds and the common flu.  Other benefits include, enhancing the skin condition to become smoother, more radiant and moisturised.  With yuzu containing citrus acids and vitamin C, the bath also help to heal chapped skin. The oil from the yuzu stimulates the circulatory and digestive systems. The bath is especially beneficial for busy Singaporeans with hectic lifestyle, as it helps to alleviate body aches and back pains, and improve blood circulation as well.


Together with the launch of Yuzu bath, the Yunomori cafe will also dole out yuzu-themed mainstays. 

Quenched your thirst with the refreshing Yuzu Soda - S$5+or the velvety rich flavoured Yuzu Smoothie - S$5.50+.  



Enjoy the Yuzu Udon - S$9.80+, ), where the plain al dente udon is served chilled, with an added tangy note from the yuzu.


Cap off the experience with Yuzu Sorbet ($4.50+), a great dessert to combat Singapore’s humid weather.


Apart from the Yuzu-theme dishes, you can also try on other main courses, which are just as delectable.

Japanese Assorted Platter - S$17.80+, the platter is definitely a very stomach filling one, with  ), this platter consists of a good portion of Teriyaki Chicken, Saba Fish, Salad, miso soup, fish cakes,  Japanese pearl rice and mochi, etc.  This platter can even be shared among 2 whom are of smaller appetite.


Chicken Karaage Curry - S$13.80+, with crispy deep fried chicken karaage and potatoes, served with Japanese pearl rice, salad and miso soup. 




Yunomori Onsen & Spa December Promotion

1-for-1 Onsen Happy Hour Promotion
Yunomori’s 1-for-1 happy hour promotion is back by popular demand, and extended till 31 Dec 2016, T&Cs applied.  Now you can experience the first authentic Japanese Onsen in Singapore at only $19+ per pax (U.P. $38+)! The onsen entry pass entitles access to different variations of onsen baths including Soda Bath, Bubble Bath, Jet Bath and Cold Bath, part from the Yuzu bath and other facilities such as Steam Room, Sauna and  lounge. Promotion is valid from Mon - Wed, 7pm – 11pm only.


2-To-Go Massage
Yunomori Onsen & Spa is also offering weekday special massage promotions, which will be available from 1st December to 31st December, from Mondays to Thursdays (10am-6pm).

60-minute Thai Massage @ S$138 for 2 pax (UP: S$176)
90-minute Aroma Oil Massage @ S$199 for 2 pax (UP: S$276)

Christmas Gift Card Promotion
It's the festive season of the year again!  Treat your love ones to  a  unique  relaxation  and  rejuvenation  experience  at Yunomori  Onsen  &  Spa.  The gift cards come in any denominations and can be used to purchase onsen passes, spa treatments and food and beverages at Yunomori cafe! What's more? Enjoy 5% OFF and 2 free onsen passes for $500 worth of gift cards purchased, and 10% OFF and 5 free onsen passes, with $1,000 worth of gift cards purchased! Valid till 31 December 2016.


Yunomori Onsen & Spa
Kallang Wave Mall, #02-17/18 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
(Take escalator near the exit of NTUC FairPrice; Carpark B Area 3/4)
Nearest MRT: Stadium
Tel:  6386 4126 / 6385 7985
Opening Hours:  10.00 am. – 11.00 pm daily


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dester Singapore Gold Cup 2016 @ Singapore Turf Club

Thanks to GengHui, I get the chance to attend this year's Singapore Dester Gold Cup 2016 at Singapore Turf Club.  It is with regrets that he has to give the event a miss last minute due to loss of his loved one, my condolences goes to him and his family.

The Dester Singapore Gold Cup is actually the Singapore Turf Club's annual charity race day.  This year, together with Tote Board, the club will be donating $1.5 million back to the community and society.

As most people are aware, I am one who seldom wear dress and put on make up, however, as a respect for the event, I have put on some light make up and wear a simple little black dress for the occasion.

Image credit: Victor Lim
However, when I reached the Singapore Turf Club, I felt myself much under-dressed as compared to the rest...


Mediacorp Artistes: Francis Yip 葉世品 and Chen Tian Wen 陳天文


Nonetheless, I have a great time catching up with some of the blogger friends and meeting new friends...

Together with Emily & Elaine, Image Credit: Yuki Ng

Together with Silver Ang

Together with Celestia, Yuki, Karen & Regina, Image Credit: Yuki Ng

Since young,  I've never been outstanding and in no way, stand out among the crowd... but on that day, I have a chance to be a "star", directed and posed for some pictures to be taken by Yuki...

Cheers with Emily, Image Credit: Yuki Ng

Although the angle of above picture does not seems very flattering for me but I love the above shot captures both Emily and I enjoying ourselves...

I am also tasked as Yuki's Photographer of the day, doing something I've always enjoyed... The below pose is actually directed by Yuki herself and I really love how she can naturally pose in front of the camera.


Great friends and great beer (100% malt Dester Beer), this is not all, we also get to enjoy the sumptuous buffet spread and lovely music from live singing at the same time.  You can even strike a pose, together with the beautiful event models!

Sumptuous Buffet Spread

Live Singing Performance

Beautiful event models

Being in the VIP ballroom, beside having the comfort of seating in the air-condition room to view the horse races via the hanging TVs, we can also seat / stand around the full glass window area to have a bird's eye view of the entire horse race.

Image Credit: Yuki Ng

We are also invited to a tour to the horse viewing area where viewers can catch glimpses of the horse's condition before each race started, which helps them gauge/predict the horses' performance.

At the horse viewing area



We also headed up to the grandstand area where we view horse races LIVE!  It is rather interesting to see behind the scene, how jockeys need to weigh in and weigh out of the race to ensure that the horse are carrying the correct assigned weight (jockey + their kit including the saddler). And how the winning jockey of each race got interviewed...

At the Grandstand area

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Having visited Singapore Turf Club, there is no excuse not to try your luck, as the Chinese sayings goes, a little gambling can be pleasurable. So with Yuki's suggestion, I placed a small bet of $5 each for Win and Place in Race# 09 and am lucky to have won a little amount...  Thank you Yuki!

Collecting my winning money, Image Credit: Yuki Ng

The day at the Dester Singapore Gold Cup 2016 has been a fun-filled day, playing the role of a blogger, model, photographer, opportunist, & winner!  

Thank you the Singapore Turf Club and Dester Beer for having me...

Image Credit: Emily Chong

Thursday, November 24, 2016

[SITEX 2016] Dell and Alienware Star Buy at SITEX 2016

Adding on to the Black Friday weekend sales bonanza, SITEX offers exclusive promotions for the latest Dell and Alienware series of laptops and desktops. Take a look at Dell’s SITEX star buys below:



XPS 13 

The XPS 13 – the latest 13-inch premium laptop with an ultimate viewing experience. Design and build for premium performance, mobility and visual fidelity, this 13-inch laptop comes with a virtually borderless InfinityEdge display. The sophisticated unit, powered by the new 7th Intel ® Core ™ i7 Processor, offers more power and better battery life.

SITEX Starting Price: $1,799
SITEX Promo: Free Dell USB-C to VGA Adapter with every purchase of the XPS 13 Laptop.



Inspiron 13 5000 2in1

Powered with the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core ™ i7 Processor, the Inspiron 13 5000 2in1 comes with an SSD option that provides longer battery life and sppedier responsiveness. The sleek design laptop offers a brilliant wide-angle Full HD (FHD) resolution display with True-life LED-Backlit Touch Display and with up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory. The versatile and lightweight laptop with a touchscreen option allows you to switch easily between four different modes (tent, stand, laptop and tablet mode), which is perfect for multi-taskers who prefers to switch between open applications and ideal for everyday travel.


SITEX Starting Price: $1,199
SITEX Promo: First 100 customers will receive a laser printer with every purchase of the Inspiron 13 5000 2-in-1.
                                                                                     
                                                      

Alienware Aurora R5


Primed for Virtual Reality (VR), this Alienware Aurora R5 immerse the gamer into another dimension where senses are triggered to take down opponents. This high-performing CPU is dual graphics-ready compact mid tower engineered with liquid cooling (optional) and tool-less access – needs no tool to access and upgrade the graphics card, hard drives, and memory. This gaming desktop, powered with the 10 series NVIDIA® graphics card – GeForce® GTX 1070, offers a brilliant resolution and exceptional frame rates.

SITEX Starting Price: $2,599
SITEX Promo: For each purchase of the Alienware Aurora R5, customers will receive one Dell AC411 Speaker System for free



SITEX 2016
Date: 24-27 November 2016
Venue: Singapore Expo, Halls 5 & 6
Opening Hours: 11:0AM - 9:00PM

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Soul Mate Movie Gala Premiere & Movie Review 《七月与安生》首映禮与觀后感

Having received a total of 7 nominations for the upcoming 53rd Golden Horse Awards including Director, Best Leading Actress (for both actresses Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Costume Design and Best Original Film Song; SOUL MATE, which storyline is adopted from Annie Baby’s novel, is no doubt is a movie to look forward to.

一共入圍了第53屆金馬獎7個獎項提名 -- 最佳導演、最佳女主角 (周冬雨與馬思純雙雙入圍)、最佳改編劇本、最佳剪輯、最佳造型設計與最佳電影原創歌曲獎﹔改編自安妮寶貝(現名:慶生)之同名小說的電影 《七月與安生》,令人期待不已。


Soul Mate Movie Trailer


Producer 監製: Peter Ho-sun Chen 陳可辛, Jojo Hui Yuet-chun 許月珍
Director 導演: Derek Tsang 曾國祥
Cast 主演: Zhou Dongyu 周冬雨 as Li Ansheng 李安生 , Ma Sichun 馬思純 as Lin Qiyue 林七月, Toby Lee 程彬 as Su Jiaming 蘇家明

Date of Release: 10th November 2016
Run time: 110-mins
Genre: Coming-of-age, Romance-Drama


Soul Mate Synopsis
LI ANSHENG, an ordinary 30 year-old working class, whose quiet life in Shanghai is suddenly disrupted by the publication of a novel, entitled “Qiyue and Ansheng”, a chronicle of her friendship with QIYUE during her youth. In an accidental encounter with SU JIAMING, her long repressed memories are unleashed… Qiyue and Ansheng seemed destined to become friends from the moment they entered high school at the age of thirteen. The two girls were complete opposites; one was calm like water, the other was passionate like fire. They were inseparable and believed that their bond would last for the rest of their lives.



However, the cruelty falls in when both of them fell in love with the same man, Sui Jiaming, during their age of eighteen. Despite trying hard to suppress her feelings for Jia-ming, it took just a single moment for Ansheng's youthful passion to ignite; and suddenly they were hopelessly entangled in a complicated love-triangle.



Ansheng tried to distance herself from Jiaming by pretending to be in a relationship with another man and leave with him. On the day of her departure, Qiyue discovered Ansheng's relationship with Jiaming and decided to keep her knowledge of their affair secret. The two best friends went on their separate ways, knowing things would never be the same. It was the beginning of Ansheng’s vagabond existence while Qiyue stay behind to safeguard her love with Jiaming, while awaiting for Ansheng’s return. The lives of the two women have never crossed path since then. The only thing that keep them connected, is the unbroken stream of postcards that they sent each other.



Not wanting to lose each other, they tried to reconcile but Jiaming remained the obstacle which they could not overcome. More than ten years had passed since Jia-ming last encountered Anseng. To his surprise, Anseng and Qiyue both lead parallel lives. Even more shocking is the discovery of along buried secret shared by the women –a secret that serves as an emblem of their youth and the proof of their friendship.





《七月與安生》故事大綱
年屆30的李安生是個普通的上班族,在上海過著平靜的生活。直到一本名為《七月與安生》的小說面世,她與好友林七月的少年往事重新曝光。李安生意外偶遇蘇家明,本已塵封的記憶掀起滔天巨浪…… 十三歲同校的七月與安生, 宿命般地成為了朋友。她們一個恬靜如水,一個張揚似火,性格截然不同、卻又互相吸引。她們以為會永遠陪伴在彼此的生命裡,然而十八歲那年,她們在遇見了蘇家明並同時愛上他時,在青春的歲月帶來了陣痛。 安生本想克制對家明的愛戀,但年輕的情感一觸即燃,三人糾纏在隱秘的三角關係中。安生藉故跟男人遠走,想逃離家明。遠行當天,七月發現了她和家明的關係,卻隱忍下來,沒有戳破。心照不宣的兩人漸行漸遠,她們都明白,再不能像以前一樣了。 安生從此過著流浪的生活,七月則選擇了留在原地,守護自己與家明的愛情,也在守望安生的歸來。兩人的生活去往不同方向,唯一聯繫她們的,是從來不曾中斷書寫的明信片。 通過文字,兩個女孩的友誼以一種奇特的方式延續著,既有思念,更有顧忌。她們不願真的失去對方,試圖見面修復昔日裂痕,然而,家明始終是她們無法逾越的那一道坎。 十多年後,蘇家明重逢李安生,意外發現她已活成林七月的樣子。不僅如此,他還發現了七月和安生的另一個秘密……那是她們青春的延續,也是她們友誼的證明。






Soul Mate Official Theme Song 《七月與安生》電影主題曲

The original theme song “(It’s not a crime) It’s just what we do” is written and sang by Leah Dou (Faye Wong’s daughter), and the music video is directed by the film’s producer, Peter Ho-Sun Chan.

電影《七月與安生》主題曲《It's Not A Crime, Its Just What We Do》是由王菲女兒竇靖童詞曲創作並主唱,而音樂 MV 則由陳可辛導演執導。


Soul Mate Movie Review 《七月與安生》觀后感
Attended the Gala Premiere at Plaza Singapura, which Derek Tsang, the film director, graced the event, sharing his thoughts of getting several nominations for the 53rd Golden Horse Awards and the rationale of picking the 2 actresses for the movie. The movie brings about many thoughts and makes one ponder what is the underlying messages.  At first glance of the trailer, I have thought that the movie is about homosexuality and bisexuality, but it is pretty much about the friendship of two gals. The friendship of the girls are so deep that the triangle relationship entangled them with so much hate and love. Love the twist at the end and how the friendship carries on for eternal.  After watching the movie, I can understand why the movie received 7 nominations for the upcoming 53rd Golden Horse Awards.

電影令人不禁探討故事想要傳遞的訊息。初看電影預告時,誤以為這是一部有關同性戀及雙性戀的電影。然而,這是一部關於兩女真摯友情的電影,卻因三角戀情而愛恨交織。很喜歡電影尾部的轉折點,堅固的友情,穿越時空,而延續下去。看完電影后,我能明白為什麼這部電影會入圍第53屆金馬獎7個獎項提名。



Soul Mate Official Weibo《七月与安生》官方微博: 
http://www.weibo.com/filmqiyueyuansheng