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July 5, 2020

Sky Premium, Singapore…It will be tough to eat other melons after having tasted a Crown Melon, believe me!

Believe it or not, there are celebrities who have the heart of gold. Bless Allan Wu and his big heart. He has done a lot of nice things for his fans but sending me a Harvest of the Season Fruits from Sky Premium during the Great Lockdown was a crazy sweet gesture. Although he definitely didn’t have to, this act of kindness, compassion and generosity was adorable.

The box was stuffed with exotic treats and taste sensations. It’s a relief to be presented with a hamper full of goodies that aren’t bad for you. If you rate quality over quantity, then this fruits-only bundle is spot on. The crown muskmelon from Shizuoka and the small water melon from Gunma were my favourites. The crown melon is definitely different from other melon, from the scent of it to the texture of it. The flesh of the crown melon was just perfect with a fine smooth grain, juices bursting out but with just the perfect firmness!

It will be tough to eat other melons after having tasted a Crown Melon, believe me! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 5, 2020

Red Dot Bespoke, Singapore…This tailor doesn’t know what’s what

Filed under: Singapore, tailor — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 5:40 pm

Getting a fully bespoke suit or shirt used to be something you toddled down to Saville Row in London for, and you would expect a hefty bill afterwards. Now, bespoke tailoring has become much more financially accessible option in Singapore. It’s a great thing.

There is a clear distinction between this new brand of made to measure and traditional tailoring. Buying bespoke doesn’t just buy you a better fit, it gives you the feeling of spending time investing in a shirt, something that you couldn’t pick up hurriedly on the morning of the wedding – or job interview, or first day of work, or whatever the occasion may be – even if you tried. This is the overarching feeling I took away from the experience.

Sadly, Nadya, the tailor who attended to me was not able to make an accurate assessment of some of my measurements and everything turned out disastrously. When I eventually went for a fitting, the style, design and fit was so warped that they had to basically redo a new piece. Needless to say, it took another two visits. The entire process, from hello to goodbye was just about two months.

Way too long. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 23, 2020

Gram café and pancake, Singapore…the wait can be compared to purgatory

Who doesn’t love a pancake?

Gram’s Japanese soufflé pancakes are a fast-growing food trend on Instagram. In addition to their attractive, springy texture and sweet toppings, there seems to be a third factor in their social media success: a long line. If purgatory for foodies exists, then this is what it feels like. The food-obsessed want to taste what’s at the end of it, and posting a photo of the experience is proof that they did. It’s easy to see why: the buttermilk beauties served here are light and lovely, yet satisfyingly eggy. In short: flipping perfect.

And be warned: whether you have waited hours, weeks or months to try these pancakes, they  are unlikely to stay on your plate for more than a minute. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 16, 2020

Mad For Garlic, Singapore…you’ll smell of garlic and happiness

First, the restaurant’s name, because names are very important: not surprising that garlic is the humming motor in this Korea garlic-themed Italian restaurant chain Mad for Garlic is not only serving some of the most objectively interesting food, they’re also serving some of the most delicious.

There’s bias in this review, for sure, because this is my sort of food. Prepared at your table, the Garlic Bread Tower – Mad for Garlic special bread tower topped with garlic puree is the showstopper. It’s not all fancy and fussy, but it’s very good. Of all the main, Garlic Snowing Pizza – sweet white sauce, fried garlic, shrimp and pineapple. is the one to choose, as it’s really the best of what they have. Utterly gorgeous. This pizza is almost reason enough to visit. The Garlic sizzling rice – fried rice with pickled garlic, bacon and flying fish roe served on a sizzling pan is no match to the other two heady heights and I will not rush to order it again.

If you love garlic, you’ll love Mad for Garlic. For me, at least, it is a great place to have up your sleeve. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 8, 2020

F1, Singapore…theme park for grown-ups who love to drive

Filed under: Activities, F1, Singapore — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 11:03 am

For those who want to enjoy the Singapore Grand Prix in style, the Paddock Club is the play to be and to be seen.

You’d think the Grand Prix is about fast cars, heat and a lot of noise, but for those with deep pockets it can be the most exclusive and indulgent experience. The one area to which is the most exclusive of all: the team pit lanes, where the drivers and staff work over a race weekend. Perfect shots for Instagram stories.

Someone told me it’s like a theme park for grown-ups who love to drive. In this case, I have to agree. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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May 2, 2020

Eggs ‘n Things, Singapore…boy, it is a pancake to contend with.

If you go crazy for pancakes and crêpes then you’re in good company at Eggs ‘n Things. As you might guess from its name, this lovely cafe specializes in omelets too, perfectly prepared with a wide variety of ingredients.

Calories not a concern? Go for it and order the Singapore exclusive special, the Panedict – emmental cheese sandwiched between a stack of pancakes, topped with poached egg, Eggs & Things special hollandaise sauce & candied bacon. Pancake lovers will go bananas for the Hawaiian pancake sampler – 4 kinds of pancakes – banana, pineapple, macadamia & chocolate chip, served with whipped cream. Equally tempting are the Kalua pork and cabbage – a classic Hawaiian burger, Homemade kalua pork with smokey BBQ sauce and cabbage served on brioche bun which is worth a little extra time on the treadmill.

The atmosphere is quaint and cozy with delicious, reasonably priced food. Service is friendly too. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…eggs and things sin4

 

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April 12, 2020

Cow Play Cow Moo, Singapore…If gaming in arcades sounds like your idea of heaven

If you’re searching for some fun and an activity that’s guaranteed to fill your day or evening with entertainment, why don’t you try heading to an arcade?

Jam-packed with as much fun as you can handle, Cow Play Cow Moo is a family-friendly arcade, completely unique arcade style and there are loads of machines to try with a great atmosphere to have fun in. You can choose to stick to the claw machines, coin drop games, or multiple-player deep sea fishing machines—or instead, you can opt for racing, carnival, Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Pac-Man or Sponge-Bob to commemorate your experience. It is popular with a mix of diehard arcade buffs and casual gamers. The perfect place for your family when it’s a blistering hot and humid day or miserably cold, rainy night or you just don’t feel like venturing outside.

Be sure to bring cash! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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March 7, 2020

Sunday folks, Singapore…arrive hungry…

Singapore’s dessert scene is anything but boring. I remember when going out for a mid-afternoon sweet treat was about choosing between a red velvet or a chocolate cupcake. These days it’s a whole other story. Desserts have been supersized, with enough calories to fuel a family for a month.

Sunday Folks is piled high with soft serve ice cream, to cakes to waffles. While I wouldn’t advise regular consumption, an occasional waffle sea salt gula melaka topped with gula melaka and hand-harvested sea salt (don’t worry, no eggs in this mixture) with toppings gula melaka mochi, chocolate Mikado sticks and gula melaka sauce can’t do too much harm, right?!

If you’re feeling extra naughty, order one of their indulgent Affogatos to go with it. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 29, 2020

Cats, Singapore…Too slow, too tame, too threadbare

Filed under: Activities, Entertainment, Musical, Singapore, theatre — Tags: , , , , , — PEr @ 4:42 pm

From the moment I bought the tickets, I was filled with regret, thinking this musical is going to be hideously dated, boring, empty, meaningless, unfunny. For the entirety of the two hours I sat watching Cats, there’s no plot and no apparent point, but I travelled home afterwards humming the one tune – Memory.

Although the anthropomorphised felines, in their spandex leotards and furry leg warmers, prowl the aisles and glare in the eyes of the punters but somehow the show, with its trademark junkyard set, does not feel like an immersive experience. Whilst the music sometimes jarred a little, the choreography of this production was spectacular. However, there was several songs that turned out to be pleasant surprises

Cats is a musical unlike any other. If you are looking for more traditional West End or Broadway music and a clear plot, you perhaps ought to go elsewhere.

The “memory” lives again. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 2, 2020

Disney Magic of Animation The Exhibition, Singapore…it tells a story

There is  much to admire here. Disney’s drive, the museum demonstrates, was relentless. Having mastered the basics of animation in the ’20s, Disney kept pushing at the possibilities.

Disney entered a new era with his first sound cartoon, “Steamboat Willie,” the third starring Mickey Mouse. We take it for granted now, but at the time the work meant selecting an expensive technology, developing a technique for coordinating music and image, and convincing distributors the cost was worth it. Nothing about it was easy. By the time he created his first feature-length work, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” he had transformed the very notion of animation. Other exhibits cover the war years and postwar animation movies

Disney lovers, rejoice! The exhibition is almost leisurely in relating its narrative, and while children will quickly pass by many sections that will fascinate their elders, there are more than enough thrills for everyone.

This just may just be the happiest place in Singapore. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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