Sunday, August 31, 2014

Preview screening of The Swimmers

I am a big fan of horror movies especially those directed from Thailand, so when Jasmine extended her invite to me, I gladly accepted it. ‘The Swimmers’ is directed by my favorite Thai director, Sophon Sakdaphisit, and I love how the story unfolds as he always gives the audience a plot twist at the end of the movie.


Don't get the genre wrong, although it is categorized as horror, but it is not your typical ghost movie. In fact, this movie, 'The Swimmers' is a psychological movie with added horror content to it and it brings out a message about teen sex.


*Major Spoiler Ahead!!*

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The movie centers around a love triangle of a teenager named, Perth (starring Chutavuth Pattarakampol) who is one of the top-ranked swimmers in his school's swimming team. He is fond of Ice (played by Supassara Thanachat), the pretty girlfriend of Tan (starring Thanapob Leeratanakajorn) who is the rival of Perth in the swimming team and also Perth's closest buddy.


The story unfolds further when Ice found dead at the bottom of the school drained diving pool, and a series of the haunting encounters begins. The smashed pool tiles were replaced, leaving a slightly darker blue spot where it was said to believe where the corpse was landed during the suicide incident. After Ice's death, Perth started to encountered strange occurrences and his buddy, Tan is angry and determined to find out the culprit behind the whole tragedy incident. He got Perth's help on the investigation. 


The movie keeps the audience well-balanced with the plot structure of toggling back and forth from the present and weeks before Ice’s fatal drop.

I also loved watching Perth and Tan’s development from friends to enemies throughout the show. Tan's suspicions of Perth grew further while trying the recover the data of Ice’s shattered phone, as well as when trying to find the password to log in to Ice’s Facebook account. Perth, on the other hand is trying to delete some evidence from her Facebook page.

Some strange highlights in the show are that while Perth was practicing alone in the pool, the scene makes it feel that there is someone swimming beside him. At times, Perth sees silhouette of a person standing still on the diving platform even though there is no one else around at the pool area.

The most bizarre scene in the movie is that Perth believes that he is pregnant as he eats a whole tray of raw eggs in one go, as the raw eggs become a metaphor for pregnancy, and Perth’s stomach become bigger indeed. The weirdest scene which I can’t comprehend till now is that why the corpse was found hanging at the doorway.   

The horror content is rather low, but there are many scary scenes in the movies. I couldn't take the scary sound effects as it made my heart beat faster. The sound from the movie makes it scarier and thrilling when watching the movie.
I have the privilege to watch the preview screening of 'The Swimmers' all thanks to Jasmine, and the premiere date is on the 28 August 2014.

***photos credit to Google Search***

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Char Restaurant + Seletar Hill Restaurant

Looking for nice food is what both Baby and I have always been doing, and this time round, Baby brought me to a new food haunt, Char Restaurant which is located at Guillemard Road. It offers cze char styles dishes with its 3 signature dishes being Roast Meats!



We ordered the Triple Roasted Platter - BBQ Pork (Char Siew), Roast Pork Belly (Sio Bak) and Roasted Duck at a standard price of SGD20.50.
 

We ordered the Soup of the Day to start off our late Friday dinner.


The roasted Char Siew is heavily coated with caramelized coating which makes the meat texture softer and easily melts in the mouth. The Char Siew tasted more like Kong Ba as it tasted sweeter and smoother. I STILL prefer the Char Siew served at Kay Lee Roast Joint which is located at Tai Sing.

I love the Roast Pork Belly (Sio Bak) the best, as Char Restaurant serves the most delicious version. I enjoyed eating the crusty crackling skin although it was sinful. On well, who the heck cares when it comes to good food! The bottom part of the pork belly is less salted as compared to other places. The portion was generous for both Char Siew and Sio Bak.
The Roast Duck tasted normal among the 3, although it was cooked pretty well done.


The Kang Kong with Preserved Beancurd was quite a disappointment as the ginger smell was too over-powering which spoilt the entire dish for me.


The total damage was SGD39 (inclusive 10% service charge) and they do not charge GST. If you are looking for an interesting place to indulge in a new way of Chinese-style cooking comfort food, then Char Restaurant might just be the place for you.


It has been 2 years plus since I last visited Seletar Hill Restaurant which is located at Seletar Hill Private housing area. This eatery place serves affordable and good Szechuan cuisines. We ordered a pot of hot Pu’er and the tea was served in tiny glasses.

I ordered my favorite dish, Szechuan Dry-Sautéed String Bean and it tasted super delicious and addictive, although the presentation was rather weak and unappealing.


We had Sizzling hot-plated Tofu, and it tasted normal. We enjoyed it as tofu is our comfort food and we are both tofu lovers.


Both Baby and I love the General Tso’s Chicken very much, and I savored every single bit of it.


We round up our meal with a bowl of nourishing dessert, Double-boiled Snow Fungus with Red Dates, and the damage was SGD38.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

[food tasting] Fatty Choo International Steamboat

Thanks for inviting me for food tasting at the newly opened restaurant, Fatty Choo International Steamboat which is located at West Coast Plaza. Weekend Steamboat Lunch Buffet started from 11.30am -3pm, and we made our way there for a mini bloggers' gathering lunch.
 

We were happy to get a chance to have a photo with Chef Choo, and he is very friendly and humble in person.


Fatty Choo International Steamboat opened his business in June this year by Chef Choo, Singapore's very owned Celebrity Chef. He was formerly the Executive Chef of Rendezvous Hotel Singapore, and he was known for his fruitful experience and unique cooking skills.


In the culinary industry, Chef Choo has appeared in newspapers and magazine articles.





There are 4 different types of soup base for the steamboat, and they are Chicken Soup (the safest option), Bak Kut Teh (unusual), Japanese Bonito (unique) and Tom Yum (everyone's favorite). I personally prefer Tom Yum and Japanese Bonito as my selection for the 'yuan yang' steamboat option.


Additional Japanese dried bonito flakes are added to the soup to create a deeper and richer in taste. 


Fatty Choo International Steamboat offers a wide variety of freshly handmade from the kitchen.



The selection of the steamboat ingredients are placed nicely and neatly. 




Special selections include Salmon Sashimi, Tiger Prawns and *Snow Crabs.  

*Snow Crabs are only available for dinner buffet hence we missed the chance to try them during our lunch buffet.



Like many steamboat eatery places, they provide many selections for dipping sauces to choose from.


Apart from the usual steamboat buffet, Chef Choo also whips out a sumptuous buffet spread of local dishes, such as Laksa, Rojak, BBQ Fish with Sambal, Grilled Pork Belly and Steamed Char Siew Bao and these made our dining experience more delightful to go along with the steamboat lunch buffet.




The cooked dishes tasted delicious and I love the Laksa very much. 


We rounded up our lunch buffet with some desserts. We had the all-time favorite, Durian Pengat, and this signature dessert is highly rated by many diners. 


The Durian Pengat is RICH and AWESOME!



There is an ice-cream section which serves unique flavors such as Tutti Fruitty in Rainbow Colors, Green Tea, Lemon Sherbet and etc…



We took some photos during our meal at Fatty Choo International Steamboat, and I had a pleasurable dining experience with my foodie kakis, and the quality of the ingredients and cooking methods are top-notch. It is definitely worth coming back. A highly recommend dining place for steamboat and local delights lovers.


Thank you so much for having us!



 Apart from the usual pricing, there is a special deal going right now on at deal.com.sg


Free shuttle bus service is available to West Coast Plaza from various places. Click here for more details on the routes and timings.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[product review] PDC Celdie Beautiful Skin Face Wash - Acerola + Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder (pressed)

I continue on this post to share my thoughts and experience using the beauty products which I picked up from my last trip to Japan.


PDC Celdie Beautiful Skin Face Wash - Acerola comes in a berry red squeeze tube, and all the description on the back of the tube are all written in Japanese. I got the 120g tube at a steal price of 300 yen at Matsumoto Kiyoshi during my trip to Tokyo.


Acerola is a fruit that is rich in Vitamin C and contains Vitamin A too, and it is an ideal ingredient in skincare products to fight cellular aging.


This face wash contains Acerola berry extracts which bears a sweet scent, and I love the smell very much.





It is like a normal foamy face cleanser which lathers up well and cleans the skin thoroughly. If you are searching for an inexpensive foaming face cleanser, then this would be a good pick!


Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder (pressed) is gentle to the skin which is suitable for sensitive skin and even meant for babies' usage too.


It has mild ingredients, which is safe for all skin types. It also helps to protect the skin from prickly heat, inflammation and even diaper rash. It also has excellent oil control properties, and the texture is neither ultra fine nor rough, but it reminds me of the baby powder I used to apply during my school days.


The packaging is rather bulky which I find it hard to bring it with me when I am carrying a small clutch or sling bag. Shiseido Medicated Baby Powder comes with a puff and it would be perfect if there was a mirror attached to this compact powder!


This 50g compact powder cost only 350 yen, and it is definitely worth my re-purchase when I visit Japan again. It keeps my face matte for hours, but most importantly, it doesn't irritate my skin. The scent is not over-powering and it is reasonably priced, but not locally available.