Thursday, July 31, 2014

[food tasting] Hee Kee Desserts

Hee Kee which means 'treasuring happiness' in Cantonese is located at Jurong Point Mall, and it delivers Hong Kong dessert to all 'tong shui' (literally translated from Cantonese as 'sugar water') lovers.

Hee Kee Desserts is an original store conceptualized by the team behind the popular bubble tea franchise, Sharetea. The menu selection bears an essence of innovation while maintaining and being mindful of traditional values. Hee Kee Desserts brings their all-time favorite Hong Kong desserts with a local twist.

Hee Kee Desserts offers a delectable spread of 80 desserts, with a large range of traditional desserts, there are 6 MUST-TRY desserts in the house.

Traditional Steamed Milk Pudding (SGD3.50) is available in hot or chilled, and is a great dessert for those who are craving for a light yet creamy and delicious dessert.

The Steamed Milk Pudding tasted good, and the texture is soft and smooth. With every bite, it burst with flavor and fragrance. IMHO, it is on par with the one I ate at the popular renowned Australian Dairy located in Jordan, Hong Kong.

Homemade Beancurd with Gula Melaka (SGD3.30) is a simple silky beancurd dessert with gula melaka syrup for a touch of sweetness. The syrup is not strong enough as the taste/fragrance of the ‘tau huay’ is too overpowering and it actually covered the smell of the gula melaka syrup.

Whole Coconut with Coconut Ice-cream & Peanut Crush (SGD8.80) is my clincher of the day. A tropical fruit made into a refreshing dessert consisting of flavorful coconut ice-cream and fresh coconut flesh, which is finally topped with crushed peanuts for a light crunch. I enjoyed it so much that I felt like going for a second round… Hahaha!!

I love how the dessert dish is served, as it separates the coconut drink and the whole dining experience overall is a pleasant one. This dessert is definitely worth both my thumbs up!

Mango Cheong Fun (SGD3.30 per piece)

A well-balanced and healthy steamed treat, which consists of a spongy sweet-coconut infused skin that envelopes a voluptuous mango chunk, which tasted pretty decent, but it can get quite messy while trying to eat it! This is due to the coconut skin being slippery, and it does not hold the mango well, thus it is pretty hard to bite them together.

D24 Durian Sauce with Sago (SGD5.80) satisfies the craving for all the durian fans, it is topped with fresh durian flesh and a generous serving of sago for a delightful treat. The smooth and rich flavor perked up my weekend with joy.  

Durian Pancake is a light yet satisfying dessert, it bears a hearty combination of rich durian puree with whipped cream and wrapped in a coconut infused skin. I enjoyed the coconut infused skin as it went very well with the durian puree.

Thanks so much for the invite to this wonderful ‘sweet nothings’ desserts indulgence and the hospitality! Both my partner and I enjoyed the desserts very much and we will be back for our favorite, Whole Coconut with Coconut Ice-cream & Peanut Crush. YAY!!

Kindly quote ‘JESSIEQUEK’  to enjoy 10% discount on your orders. Hee Kee Desserts is a place where desserts lovers meet!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

[Escape Hunt] Task accomplished!

Feeling bored on the weekends? Movie theatres and shopping malls are too crowded with people, and you want some quality time with your loved ones and friends? Why not try out the latest trend in Singapore, the 'Escape Game'?

Popular Bangkok escape room game, Escape Hunt has opened a branch in Singapore at the Concorde Hotel Shopping Arcade. Each game room has a pair of mirror rooms that is meant for 2-5 players and each set of game is 60 minutes.

Escape Hunt is a escape game room where we were put into the role of Sherlock Holmes-like detectives, and our task were to gather clues, hints and solve puzzles and the ultimate mystery in order to escape from the room.

Upon entering the Escape Hunt, we were greeted by a vintage and victorian ambience like setting, and the 'Game Masters', who are in the Escape Hunt uniforms approached us to brief us about the rules and regulations of the game. They are also the key people who oversee the player's team throughout the whole mystery solving game. For instance, if you need help or are in trouble, we can buzz the game master for clues or help, but do bear in mind that every clue will cost 1 minute.

We kept our belongings which include our mobile phones in the lockers before entering the room.

When we entered the room, it was kinda dark which creeped us out, till the game master switched on the light for us LOL! We spent the first few minutes ransacking the whole room for clues, till we found the first key to the one of the locks. We finally settled down and began thinking rationally with all the clues and puzzles that we had found so far, and started to match them up for more secret codes to unlock the numeric locks that were located throughout the room.There was a white-board in the room for us to write down important clues and do calculation for secret hints.

It was fun and at the same time, we couldn't help but feel pressure as the timer kept reminding us not to take too much time to solve each clue. I felt a sense of satisfaction when we managed to unlock a lock! I was shocked and surprised that for each lock we opened, it led us to another room.
The interior of the room set up the mood of the crime scene, and we took about 45 minutes to complete our task and YES! We ESCAPED. We managed to escape within time all thanks to our sweet game master who gave us small clues and hints here and there.
This game really made us think deeply and urged us to use our initiative and work as a team to achieve our common goal.

Imho, I feel that the time spent at the Escape Hunt solving the mystery is more worthwhile than catching movies or shopping. Oh well, I have to say who ever came out with this escape game is a genius with excellent high IQ.

After we left the room, we took some pictures with the props and costumes in the living room area, We had fun posing as Sherlock Holmes.

I have the chance to experience the detective/CSI game which offers by Escape Hunt all thanks to sweetie who extended her invite to me.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

[product review] Rosette Cleansing Paste (HAKUDEI LIFT) with White Clay + Tarte, Amazonia 12-hr Blush

During my recent trip to Japan, I picked up a lot of skincare products and beauty cosmetics from Ainz & Tulpe which is located at Shibuya and Matsumoto Kiyoshi, a great place for beauty junkies. Matsumoto Kiyoshi is one of the biggest drugstore chains in Tokyo.

In general, they are cheaper to purchase in Japan than in Singapore, mainly because of the origin of the products, as well as the exchange rate, which undoubtedly plays an important role. 
The product that I want to share my experience on is the Rosette Cleansing Paste (HAKUDEI LIFT) with White Clay. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Collagen which leaves the skin moist and elastic.

The white clay absorbs the excess sebum and removes dead skin cells. It did an excellent cleansing job as it removes basic make-up thoroughly without an additional step needed.

This tube cost me around SGD4 and it is free from colorants and mineral oils. Though it claims that it is suitable for all skin types, I still personally think that it is more for people who have normal to dry skin as it gives better results for dull complexion.
The texture is thick, so all you need is just a small dollop for the whole cleansing process. It was unscented and not abrasive to the skin too. I love how my skin feels after using it, and the end results is there is no  taut feeling at all.

Do bear in mind that cleansing is an initial step towards healthy and beautiful skin.

I purchased the Tarte Blush 6 months ago during my trip to KL, I picked it up from one of the Sephora outlets which is located at Sunway Pyramid, Selangor, Petaling Jaya.
Tarte is a pretty new brand to me, but with the affordable price at RM29, it made me purchase it, as back then the exchange rate was pretty good and it only cost me SGD11.
There are around 10-12 colors available at the stores and I chose 'EXPOSED'. It is one of the popular shades among all available colors. It bears a mauve peachy color that goes well on my skin, and leaves a natural blush.
The unique of the packaging is that it differentiates the color shades by the casing colors itself. As a whole, I love the results given by Tarte and I give it 4/5 (4 out of 5 stars).

Monday, July 28, 2014

4th Edition of Art Apart Fair 2014

A hotel-based boutique art fair, Art Apart Fair made its debut in Singapore in January 2013, and after 3 successful run, the 4th Edition of Art Apart Fair was held at PARKROYAL on Pickering.

The art theme was 'Introduction to Russian Contemporary Art'

I was glad that I had RSVP and secured my tickets on the last day of the exhibition, and had the pleasure to be able to view many awesome art pieces all thanks to Vinci Arts.

The whole 14th floor of PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel was converted to be a large art gallery using the hotel rooms. The art fair featured more than 1500 artworks by artists from around the world.

I look forward to the 5th Edition of Art Apart!!