Wednesday, August 23, 2017

[OISHII] Ocean & Terre Food Gift Box

I got to review the food gift box from Ocean & Terre all thanks to OISHII, an informative magazine from Singapore that brings Japanese cuisine and culture to the world. The magazine features insightful articles that touch on every season in Japan, and is a free publication that is available in hard and soft copy versions.


The Ocean & Terre food box contains the most authentic and traditional products from Japan. It is worth SGD15, and the quality of the items were really good. Every product is made of super premium ingredients. The box has a good mix of ready-to-eat items and other ingredients to incorporate into our own dishes. 


That the Japanese adores their sweets is a huge understatement! Every sweet snack from Japan is well produced and tastes delicious!

 
 
 


The Mini Baumkuchen comes in three flavors, and I liked the 'MANGO' flavour the best! Although it is a tradition pastry of many European countries, it is also a popular snack/dessert in Japan.



Okinawa Danish Mango Pastry was baked in a shape of a cube, and I loved the fluffy texture very much! 





I prepared a bowl of Pink Udon by using the Udon Soup Powder, and it tasted delicious. I savored every bit of it, and it was a perfect lazy Sunday lunch for me! 




In the box, there were 3 different flavored instant soups from Hokkaido - Asparagus, Pumpkin and Potato. I love the Pumpkin Soup the best! To be honest, the quality was so good that I couldn't tell if it was actually from a pre-prepared pack of soup!



Lastly, the Dashi Chazuke Mix came in 2 different flavors - Japanese Apricot and Red Salmon. Just a short introduction about Chazuke: It is a simple Japanese dish by pouring green tea, dashi or hot water over cooked rice. 



I prepared the Red Salmon Ochazuke for myself, and it tasted fabulous. Sometimes, I really wonder how a simple prepared meal can taste so good! This is exactly why I love Japan so much! 
  

I enjoyed the food gift box on a whole, as every food item was packed exquisitely. I want to thank OISHII once again for giving me the experience to try out this lovely Ocean & Terre food Gift Box. 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

[random] Guardian Exclusive Workshop: La-Roche Posay Sun-care Workshop+ Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant

I was delighted to be selected to attend the Guardian Exclusive 'La-Roche Posay Sun-Care' Workshop, and it was held at Guardian Plus at Takashimaya Shopping Centre.


We ended our meet up with a wefie! Say Cheese….


We were given a generous goody bag which was filled with La-Roche Posay and Vichy products.


Meryl came down to Suntec City to meet me for lunch on a random weekday, and I was so happy to see her again. Although we seldom see each other, we are still in each other’s heart, and that’s what friends are for! We settled our lunch at The Butcher’s Kitchen, and we went for the daily lunch set special which comes with soup and a glass of drink. The set cost us around SGD15++.


I had the Teriyaki Salmon with Rice while Meryl had pasta instead. We had an enjoyable time together although my lunch time is limited. Thanks so much for the companionship!   

I met up with Linda for dinner at Berlin Bar & Restaurant which is located at CHIMJES. We made use of the ladies card that we obtained from their previous event – SHE Private Party. With this card, we were entitled for 1-1 pasta.



I love my Aglio Olie Pasta with Bacon, and Linda had Carbonara. We ended our dinner meet-up with some nice cocktails that were going for half price, as it was Happy Hour! Thanks for the meet up, and we enjoyed our meal very much.





Tracy and I joined the BFF FB giveaway, and we won for ourselves an Advanced Moisture Mask Set from MEDICELL LABS! Thanks BFF!


I was rewarded for joining the Taste Society as a member! For being a member, I got myself a jar of Anthon Berg A XOCO Chocolate – Lemon Crisp from Cocoa Trees. Thanks so much for the sweet indulgence!


Lastly, I met up with my friend, Shirley – A Malaysian Blogger for a lunch date at Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant which is located at Sunway Pyramid. I enjoyed the food items we ordered as they were tasted very well! Thanks for the treat! I hope to see you again in October if I come down to KL!


 Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant is a perfect eatery place if you are craving for Taiwanese cuisine. All their Set Meals are served on a classic wooden tray. I had Minced Meat Rice (Lu Rou Fan), which had side dishes and a bowl of soup! I personally feel that their set meals are pretty generous in portions. I will visit Fong Lye Taiwanese Restaurant again with my Baby and his family the next time we come up to KL!
  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

[random-ness] HMM 21st Anniversary + Pulau Ubin

This year, my company celebrated its 21st Anniversary and the committee members came out with some team-building activities that ranged from an amazing race, to friendly tele-matches! The venue was set at Changi Village.

  

Since the celebration was made on Friday, my office was closed up early around 1pm. We were divided into 4 colored groups for a team challenge, and I was in the blue team! Kudos, to my team, as with everybody’s support, patience and unity, we came in first place! We were awarded shopping vouchers for this accomplishment!


One of the challenges was to travel from Changi Village to Pulau Ubin, and we took the boat from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal. I was glad to be at Pulau Ubin again, as this island a nice retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore. It is an island with a rich history and heritage, and it is easy to take off one's mind off from any troubles they may have.



We boarded the old-fashioned looking boat and it took us about 20 minutes to reach Pulau Ubin from the mainland Singapore. We took a mandatory groupie upon reaching Pulau Ubin!







Dinner was served at the Changi Village Hotel, and the buffet spread was pretty decent. It was quantity over quality, and I guess the large amount of food was to reward all of us for our hard work during the activities! A big cheer to our successful group!



Lazing at Baby’s place for a steamboat fix is very enjoyable, especially when it is the weekend, or a public holiday. I used to think that it is merrier to have steamboat with a group of friends, but now, I love it even though it is just the two of us!


I found these in Baby's room! He surprised me by printing out some of our memorable photos of our overseas trips, and had framed them up! Such sweetness in my heart.


This was taken during our USWC holiday in April 2016, and we were at the Antelope Canyon which is located at Page, Arizona. How fast time flies! It has been a year since my trip to the States. I need to plan for another trip soon!


I end my post with a simple meal at Kim Gary Hong Kong Restaurant with my Baby on a random weekday after work dinner. The damage was less than SGD30 for a member’s discount of 10%.  



Lastly, thanks Puvay and Sephora for the wonderful try-outs!