Friday, May 19, 2017

Taste Paradise @ ION Orchard

I LOVE TO EAT! Today i will be writing about my review on Taste Paradise. 

Taste Paradise concept: 
Listed as one of Singapore’s Top 10 Chinese Restaurants, award-winning Taste Paradise prides itself as a strong upstart in Chinese fine dining. Dubbed ‘Chinese cuisine with a difference’, Taste Paradise offers an elaborate menu of fine Cantonese and contemporary Chinese cuisine with a showcase of the finest and most innovative Dim Sum and roasting fare.
Taste Paradise features exquisitely prepared creations with a touch of sophistication. One of the signature dishes is the Classic Shark’s Fin in Supreme Broth accompanied with a Crispy Spring Roll served in Japanese Stone Pot. This truly renowned dish has set a benchmark for shark’s fin dishes in the new era. Other creations include Crisp-fried Tofu in Black Truffle Sauce and Pan-seared Foie Gras with Peking Duck Reduction. It’s a traditional Cantonese cuisine infused with modern twist. Taste Paradise is also famous for its XO Carrot Cake which has won 100 pointers from multiple food critics.
Set in the opulence of ancient elegance, Taste Paradise is set to impress guests from the very moment they step into the restaurant. "

L. Without further ado, let me start with the first dish! 

Si Chuan style poached chicken SGD 9.80 
Rating 5/5 
This is really just good. Chicken is smooth and tasty, soaked with deep flavours. Just in case you don't know, it is served as a starter and is a cold dish. ζˆ‘η»™δΈͺθ΅žπŸ‘

Second dish
Spare Rib Sweet Plum Sauce SGD 24.00 
Rating: 4.8/5 

Did you just thought that this pork rib would have that slightly hard texture like the ones you eat in typical S-11 western food stall? Turns out the texture was so soft and easy to bite!!! It kind of melts into your mouth when you take a first bite. There are a lot of effort put into cooking this spare rib, from what i heard from the chef. Why did i give 4.8 and not a 5 then? Did you see those little golden balls on top of the spare rib?? First glance i thought it was really gold. So atas... No wonder its $24. When i eat the 'gold' balls, the taste was completely bland. It is exactly those decorations that you would put on cupcakes. You know what i mean? The presentation looks more attractive with a hint of gold, but it brings down the overall taste and experience of the dish. ε€šζ­€δΈ€δΈΎ. 

But overall, i will still give a πŸ‘. Order this when you come to taste paradise. And try the gold balls if you don't believe me. 

Third dish
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Rating: 4.9/5 

The rice was soft, fragrant and tender. The crabs were fresh. Looks like a simple steam rice with crab but so much efforts are put into it. The idea of the presentation is very cool too. It makes the whole dish look so appetising! ζˆ‘η»™δΈͺθ΅žπŸ‘ . Where does the -0.1 mark comes from? Once cold it doesn't taste as nice as while eaten hot. But i can deal with that! It really doesn't matter haha. 

Fourth dish
Classic Shark's Fin in Supreme Broth SGD 80.00 
Rating: 5/5 

Let me tell you something. Taste Paradise serves one of the best soups around all the Chinese restaurants that i've eaten. Their soup is really πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. In their big cooking pot, 65% is their ingredients and around 35% is their water. And boil for very long hours. Superb. Normally people put 35% ingredients and the rest is water to save cost. 

Back to this shark's fin soup. It is one of the SIGNATURE DISHES. Soup was amazingly cooked and they were creative in adding a crispy spring roll to pair with the soup. You can dip the spring roll into the soup and eat it. Just like eating You Tiao with porridge. If you are in Taste Paradise, definitely try this out. 

However, i just want to quickly comment on something. Having this as signature dish? Hmm... I think a lot of people are saying NO TO SHARK FINNING. To protect the sharks and the ecosystem. I'm not really sure if its really a good idea to have this in the menu in the long run? In terms of brand value? 

Fifth Dish. Dessert! 
Mango Puree Sago Pomelo
Avocado Puree Coffee Ice cream
Aloe Vera Lemongrass 
Glutinous Rice Coconut Ice cream
SGD 6.80 each 
Rating: 4.9/5 

Which dessert would you choose? I go for the Avocado Puree Coffee Ice cream! It is my first time eating avocado with coffee. lol. Great experience. It got me thinking that i can pour in some coffee into my avocado smoothie next time. All the desserts were flavourful and delicious! I think slightly lacking behind is the glutinous rice. I trust my boyfriend's father can make an even nicer glutinous rice than them. Aloe Vera lemongrass was really refreshing because it has a sour and sweet taste in it. Overall, i give a πŸ‘ ! 

That sums up my review. Actually this wasn't the first time i'm dining in Taste Paradise but i just feel like doing a review on this restaurant since i've never posted one before. The overall experience is really good and you get very good view inside the restaurant too. Have you dine in Taste Paradise before? Feel free to share your comment. 

Till then. xx

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Canto Paradise at Marina Bay Sands

Recently i was at MBS and decided to dine at Canto Paradise. I had posted my reviews about Canto Paradise that was opened in AMK hub a few years ago (you can read here). It was bad! And since then, i haven't step into any Canto Paradise outlet, until now. I need to give it another try right? Maybe the food has already changed.

We ordered some duck, some tofu with sea salt and pepper, wanton noodle and steamed plain cheong fun.

My verdict? The food has really improved! The cheong fun is much better than the one i ate at 2013. lol. Everything has improved. But if you wanna take this to compare with Imperial Treasure, there's still quite a long way to go. Imperial Treasure's dim sum is still the best in Singapore.

But good job Canto Paradise!!! I will definitely go back again.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Eyelash Perming at Skinn Beauty & Body Thru GROUPON | Honest Review

Hello Everyone! I've finally waited long enough to confirm my opinion in this post: EYE LASH PERMING BY SKINN BEAUTY & BODY (brought through Groupon).

It was my FIRST TIME purchasing from Groupon. I heard from my colleague that Skinn does nice eyelash perm and can be purchased from Groupon. So, i went ahead to buy it since i've been wanting to try eyelash perm for quite some time. And as you know, since this is my first time, i was so nervous! I don't know if the result will be good or not. I don't know if this is a scam or not. I tried googling about Skinn's eyelash perm review but i could not really get any info.

How is what they are offering:

1 session for $16 instead of $1283 sessions for $45 instead of $384

I bought the 3 sessions of the 3D Japanese Eyelash Perming package because i thought the perming would only last at most 2-3 weeks per session. Purchased this on Thursday (23rd Feb 2017) and immediately made a call to book for appointment to do it. They had an available slot on that Saturday at 4pm, the rest of the weekend slots were basically full. 

I just share a bit of my experience with you guys first before i comment on my final review. I reached the salon on time at 4pm. I filled up a form with my personal details to them, they served me tea and i sat and waited. I waited.... and i waited.... and i waited.... 20minutes passed,  i stood up and asked the staff is it my turn soon? The staff said yes 5 minutes very soon! 

Then i waited... and waited.... 10minutes later i asked again is it my turn already? The staff was very perplexed and went to ask the other staff if my room is ready or not. You know what happened? The room which i was supposed to go in to was ACCIDENTALLY taken away by another customer. SO I HAD NO ROOM TO DO IT. Afterwards, she apologised to me. I was already a bit annoyed la. I waited for 30minutes already leh. 

5 minutes later she came back to me with 2 eye masks for me to apply as COMPLIMENTARY SERVICE and gave me a few samples to try at home to express their apology. But at that point of time, i just wanted MY DAMN EYELASH PERM SESSION TO START. 

Fast forward 20 minutes (which means I WAITED FOR A TOTAL OF 50 MINUTES), it was finally my turn!!!! From a 4pm appointment to a 5pm appointment. 

In the room, the beautician gave me a complimentary facial wash (WHICH I THANK YOU BUT I SERIOUSLY DIDN'T WANT IT BECAUSE I WAS IN A RUSH. I was supposed to play mahjong with my friends at 6pm. And i have waited long enough i want the eyelash perm to start RIGHT NOW. It would be better if they can give this complimentary facial wash for my next appointment but they said it cannot be done.). 

I chose M size eyelash perm. Its either M size or Natural. The whole process took about 1 hour 45 minutes. (inclusive of the 10 minutes facial wash + massage). When they perm your lashes, the smell of the solution that they use is very similar to those hair dye chemicals that you smell in the hair salon.

The result??? IT WAS FANTASTIC. lol. Despite the SUPER LATE appointment, they did my eyelash really well. My eyelash doesn't look un-natural. It was super perm. 

How did it last? As i'm writing this post now, my eye lash is still 10% perm. IT LASTED FOR MORE THAN A MONTH!!! And i didn't take extra efforts to maintain the lashes. I rub my eyes like i normally would. I wash my face like how i always wash it. 

Did i put mascara on my eyelashes? No i don't have to because it was already very perm. 

But also because this eyelash perm lasted for so long, it makes me think WHY I WENT TO BUY THE 3 SESSIONS???? The terms and conditions are that i have to use all 3 sessions within 4 months of purchase. It has already passed 2 months now. I can at most use up till the 2nd session only. 

So a word of advice : YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY 3 SESSIONS (if condition is that you need to finish within 4months). 

Any negative comment? Besides the ultra long waiting period (which actually you don't need to wait this long normally. i was just very unlucky that day), my eyelashes WERE FALLING OUT. I remember about 7 eye lashes from both eyes fell in the first week after my treatment. I guess the chemical was too strong? But luckily i have enough lashes on my eyes so you cannot really tell the difference. In the second week, my lashes fell too. 

Given this fall out of lashes, i'm hesitating if i should go and do the 2nd session. If i wait longer, it may pass the 4 months and it will be equivalent of me buying a one session @ $45.

Frequent eyelash perming can be very damaging to your eyelash, just like how frequent hair dye can damage your hair. Same logic. I guess i will just make a call to Skinn and ask when is the expiry date of my package then decide when to go again.

I have 2 pictures below to show you - ONE MONTH AFTER THE TREATMENT

I'm not sure if you can see it clearly through this picture, but it is still very perm in real life. 

Overall, if you want nice perm lashes, you can go for Skinn and buy it on Groupon. You can give it a try. It really makes your eyes look more awake. But just be careful some of your lashes may fall out. 

Thanks for reading xx.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Chui Huay Lim TeoChew Restaurant

I don't have a lot of things to comment about this restaurant except one word : AMAZING. 

They serve amazing TeoChew food! Enough said, let the pictures do the talking. 

I apologise i do not know the exact name of the dishes as they were ordered based on Chef's recommendation. 

But typically those are the things i eat when i patronise Chui Huay Lim. Jumbo has a pretty good standard of food so i'm not surprise that Chui Huay Lim serves pretty good food too! 

Address: 190 Keng Lee Rd, #01-02 Chui Huay Lim Club, 308409 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ε‘³ι¦™ε›­η”œε“ Wei Xiang Yuan @ Chinatown Singapore

Mei Heong Yuan Dessert has been around in Singapore for many years. And surprisingly i have never tried their dessert before >< , until last week. Not really much of a Chinatown person because i tend to avoid crowds and outdoor area. lol. yeah.. I'm missing out so much! 

Their price is pretty affordable and i couldn't wait to try them! 

Almond Black Glutinous Rice SGD4.00. so cheap!!! 
Rating: 3.5/5  

Coconut Pudding: SGD3.00. 
VERY CHEAP and the portion is quite big too! The flavour is good but i do feel it has too much coconut in it. The last few bites felt very overwhelming due to the intense flavour. If lesser coconut in it, the taste will be more balance. 
Rating: 4/5 

Mango Roll SGD3.50 
Again, i can't emphasize on how affordable this is! The mango is sweet and cut nicely into big cube size. My only comment is the skin. It does taste a bit 'hard'? I don't know the exact words to describe it but i feel the skin should be softer and have more rice flavour! 
Rating: 4/5

Sesame Snow Ice SGD5.50 
For this price and this flavour, i am very impressed haha. It doesn't taste like shave ice at all. It's texture is slightly creamy like ice cream and has deep sesame flavour in it. Overall very impress. 
Rating: 4.9/5 

My overall comment: SUPER WORTH IT! 

                       ADDRESS:   No. 63 - 67 Temple Street  Singapore 058611


                       TELEPHONE: 6221 1156

                       OPERATING HOURS: 12PM to 9.30PM (TUESDAY TO SUNDAY)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Haircut @ APGUJEONG HAIR STUDIO | Honest Review

Two weeks ago, i wanted to trim my hair and tried the new hair salon, Apgujeong Hair Studio, in Jem at Jurong East. They heavily advertise that they are Korean Hair Salon, which means must be nice right? Like Kpop... Or at least decent haircut.

I went in, paid $48 and got a senior korean hair stylist to cut my hair. Ok i just want to go in straight to my conclusion: I HATE MY HAIRCUT. 

I was about to cry LOL. Firstly, she couldn't really understand my English. Secondly, my blow dry hair style was very curl and it makes me look like 30 years old. I am very used to a C curl, not a full curl. SUPER UGLY. Lastly, i just wanted to trim my hair NOT CUT SHORT. Aiya i don't know what she did la. Can you imagine i was pissed off the whole entire week because of my hair cut? 

Let me show you: 

I don't understand this. Someone can enlighten me??? Is this the most in korean hair cut that i don't know of? My hair look fking messed up. Looks like an octopus. I WANT TO CRY. 

After a week, i really cannot tahan it so i went back to the hair salon at JEM, PRO TRIM, that i did the other time and asked them to save me. 

Lisa cut my hair last time and i asked her to help me again this time. 


Have to cut short it because of the damage incurred. I was growing long hair initially okay??!!! Now i have to regrow them. 

And Lisa gave me a beautiful C curl afterwards. Everything just looks so much better now and i'm really loving my current haircut. Thank you!!! 

So my honest review???? You can go to other Apgujeong Hair Studio in other outlets BUT DEFINITELY NOT THE ONE IN JEM. Or at least NOT THE SENIOR KOREAN HAIR STYLIST that cut my hair. I think it is also a bit of my fault. She asked me if i wanted to layer. I told her to layer a bit. But i don't know why she layer until like this. I was really sad. Ok, i shall end my post here. xx 

Hydraboost Treatment @ CSK Laser Aesthetics Clinics| Honest Review

Hi everyone! Last week, i decided to try out Aesthetic treatment instead of going for a traditional facial treatment. I have been eyeing on CSK Laser Aesthetics Clinics since they opened in West Gate at Jurong East. Seems legit and trustworthy, plus they have premier outlets in Orchard as well.

I booked for a hydraboost treatment. This treatment has 3 machines: the first is to remove dead skin, the second is to insert vitamin C into your skin and the last is for hydrating purpose where they did it with aloe vera.

The vitamin C was what caught me because i'm really into fair skin! haha.

Secretly took some quick pictures of the clinic. 

Ok let me share the whole process. When i reached the clinic, i was persuaded to do the Lazar whitening treatment with the hydraboost treatment. So a total of 4 machines. I'm a first timer so i get to do the trial treatment. Lazar whitening was $68 and hydraboost was $68 too. And i wasn't ready to pay anything more than $100 ! Then... the staff reduced the price and said i can do both treatments at $98 (before GST). Which means the Lazar whitening was only at $30. 

If you buy package for the hydraboost treatment, it was about $980 (think before GST) for a total of 8 sessions (this is inclusive of 2 free sessions for u). But let's just count it as $980 for 8 sessions. There's no free lunch in this world. 

So...I was like ok since its just another $30, i will do it. The whole treatment was performed by the staff, not a doctor. 



Lazar whitening - This is not a laser treatment. It is LAZAR. (i don't know if i spell it correctly but u read it as La-sa. The machine emits a red light that is said to make your skin fair. No pain at all. Its just like red light shooting into your face. 

Hydraboost Treatment Machine 1: removal of dead skin - The machine produces a kind of sound that resembles a dolphin voice? Its goes like "" when it touches your skin. No pain for this too. 

Hydraboost Treatment Machine 2: Vitamin C - Fuck this is the most painful machine i ever tried. OMG. You feel like someone punched onto your face and you feel really dizzy when the machine touches your forehead. Your gum feels super sensitive when it touches your chin. It is not so painful on the cheeks. I was like "omg. so painful! Why is Vitamin C so painful?!!" Then again i thought about the outcome = fair skin, and i just clenched my fist and let the machine torture my face. 

Hydraboost Treatment Machine 3: Aloe Vera for Hydrating Purpose - Not pain at all. Its just a cool machine that goes around your face after putting on aloe vera on your face. 

Last Step: A MASK 

All in all the whole process took about 50 minutes. There was no extractions, although you can always add more money for this part. 

And now comes my honest review: 

I was very eager to see my face after the facial.

Here is a picture of my face during the facial: 
Looks good hor? But really its cause the lighting was good la. haha. 

I looked into the mirror again after my treatment. Hmm... honestly no much difference leh. Felt the same and my skin felt dry after the treatment too, even though they did the aloe vera thing which was supposed to hydrate my face. To be fair my skin is dry type, so i'm not saying that this treatment will make your skin dry. 

I thought the effect might kick in a later while more? So i waited till the next day to see the effect. Again, not much difference. Just slightly lighter? Or maybe this is just a placebo effect? 

Honestly i think the traditional facial treatment is better for my skin as they do extractions as well. But then again if i had done the extractions in CSK clinic, the outcome might be better? 

Guys, this is your call whether to try this treatment or not. Also to be fair maybe the effect can only be seen after a few tries. If you ask me, i won't buy this package. Firstly, the Vitamin C was really painful. Secondly, the steps are really simple (cleanse, machine, mask). But they have already mentioned that there is no steaming and no extractions as this is an Aesthetic treatment. Thirdly, my skin feels dry after the treatment. 

So conclusion, i like this clinic but i won't do this treatment again. There are many other treatments in their service menu. Maybe i should try the skinbooster treatment? Just a heads up for you guys. In the menu, it says skinbooster trial only at $198. But that's $198 (for the ingredient) +  another $100 (for the needle) for one time. But i think the skinbooster will really make a difference to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is inserted right into your face. I'm very tempted to try this! Will do a review if i do this. 

And that's it guys. This sums up my honest review for Hydraboost treatment in CSK clinic.