Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Official Opening Night of the Hit Broadway Musical Aladdin

The Hit Broadway Musical Aladdin has landed at the Marina Bay Sands, and you are guaranteed an awesome show that contains beautiful song pieces, glittering costumes and jaw-dropping sets that bring out the magic of the fantasy city of Agrabah! Singapore is the ONLY Asian stop for this show, hence do NOT give the show a miss! This musical will definitely leave a deep impression in Singapore's Musical Scene! 

The show is reminiscent of the 1992 original animated Disney film of the same name, and opens with the song 'Arabian Nights'! Aladdin's journey will take the audience into an exotic world full of daring adventures, classic comedy and timeless romance! This Broadway Musical keeps the magic of Disney's Aladdin alive for a whole new generation. 

Like the Disney animated film, the play tells the story of a young man with a kind heart, who comes into possession of a magical lamp containing a genie that grants three wishes! The plot is fairly similar, but with some minor twists/changes. Abu the monkey is obviously not in the play, but the role is divided to 3 other friends instead.
Most of the songs from the original animated film remain, but the play has some additional original songs as well. Sing along with the Oscar winning Best original score -'A Whole New World' with Aladdin (starring Graeme Isaako) and Princess Jasmine (played by Shubshri Kandiah). Gareth Jacobs plays the role of the Genie, and his stage performance was awesomely amazing.

I was especially impressed by the magic carpet scene, as I thought it was done very well. It appeared to float around the stage! This scene was so beautiful, as Aladdin and Jasmine were singing and 'soaring' through the stage full of stars!

Hop on with Aladdin and Princess Jasmine and take a ride through the wonders of the Broadway musical, Aladdin, and discover a whole new world for a limited time only from now till the 01-Sept 2019 at the Mastercard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands

The moral of the the show Aladdin is to always stay honest, genuine and to keep one's promises! It was truly a passionate magical carpet ride, and I was glad to be part of the journey! I had the pleasure to attend the Official Opening Night of 'Aladdin The Musical' all thanks to Base Entertainment Asia. Thanks for having us at the Opening Night!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

[Facial Review] Re-energize your skin less than 30 Minutes

Time is precious, and we can accomplish many tasks/things within a span of 30 minutes. These may range from preparing a meal, a short gym workout session, or even getting some groceries from the nearest supermarket.
Good news for all busy moms and working adults out there! You can now get a proper facial done in less than 30 minutes with SkinGO, and this includes cleansing and exfoliating! Every facial from SkinGO will also end with a signature therapeutic facial masasge as well.
SkinGO offers high quality customized express facials, and there are 3 different types of facial treatments that suit all skin types to choose from:  Bio-Clear, Bio-Aqua and Bio-Lift. Each facial is charged at SGD28. 

SkinGO is here to lend you a hand to make sure you look good even on days when you are having hectic schedules. 

Lunch-time/Express facial treatments aren’t something new in the market, and most of the express treatments take about 45-60 minutes. To be honest, when I received the invite from SkinGO to try out their facials, I did have doubts and felt skeptical about the results/efficiency of such quick treatments. However, after trying out the express facial from SkinGO, my doubts were cleared up and I felt that it had the same effectiveness of a normal 2-hour facial!

Upon entering the premises, you will be greeted by a self-service payment machine. All you have to do is to select your facial type and add-ons (if necessary), make your payment, and then wait for your turn to enjoy your facial!
With such a system, you can now enjoy a facial whenever you like, without the fear of facing hard-selling sale pitches or being pressured to sign on to a package commitment.

Before the treatment start, you can either do your own makeup remover by using the cotton swipes and cleansing water provided at the pretty vanity area, or the beautician will help you to do so. 
Not too worry, all their armchairs are of the reclining type, so it is like lying on a bed while doing the treatment. You can even catch a quick nap too.

At SkinGO, they use machines that will cleanse the skin thoroughly with zero pain and downtime. I did the BIO-AQUA FACIAL for around 20mins, and I was delighted that my face was glowing without any sign of redness. It may be an express facial but it is the best under thirty minute facial I have ever had, as my skin felt refreshed and rejuvenated.
Try out the SkinGO signature facials today for just SGD28! No appointments needed!

📍 Tiong Bahru Plaza B1-124
📞 9815 0331 
Open Daily from 11am-9pm

Saturday, July 27, 2019

(Jewel Changi Airport) Singapore Tea Festival + Herit8ge - 回忆


We're back at the Jewel at Changi Airport again, after a hiatus of 3 months! Baby didn't come with me for the preview back in April, so this was an eye opener for him!

I was attracted by Herit8ge - which is located at the highest level, and the restaurant offers modern western cuisine with a local/contemporary twist that pays homage to old school local Singaporean flavors! 

I ordered the Kou Rou Pasta (Chinese Braised Pork Belly with Pasta) Ooh... I loved the thick stewed meat gravy!

Baby ordered signature Char Siew Pork Ribs. The charred grilled pork ribs were served with satay sauce and 2 local sides - Achar (South Asian pickles) and Ketupat (type of Malay dumpling made from rice). 

Overall, the food is decent and can be considered affordable, as compared to the other restaurants within Jewel. Thanks Tracy, for the SGD10 voucher which offset our meal! We paid SGD38 for the two of us!

The annual Singapore Tea Festival by Teapasar was held at Jewel Changi Airport, B1 Atrium. Being a tea lover, this is a MUST-VISIT festival, so I gathered CK, Tracy and her beau who are also tea enthusiasts to join me to explore the festival. 

We picked up a complimentary reusable Yixing purple clay glazed porcelain cup from teapasar’s booth. With this sampling cup, we were all ready to discover the art of tea. 

We were all attracted to Kittea which was founded by a Singaporean girl who has love for tea & cats. The gourmet tea blends are created with flavors inspired by cats from around the world. 

I love their unique packing, and I picked up a test-tube filled with Grey Earl tea leaves from their 'British Shorthair' series. It has no artificial flavorings or preservatives in their artisanal, hand-packed teas.

Kindred Teas are designed for gifting, and they offer amazing tea blends with gorgeous packaging. Among all the various teas from Kindred Teas, I found I liked the 'Elder & Cream' Black tea the best!

We also found some novel and interesting various teas at the festival. I came across an exhibitor, ‘Woobbee’ which has a retail space in Tanjong Pagar Plaza. They offer Herbal Mint (Pei Pa Koa) Milk tea, and it is definitely a leap of bravery in the bubble tea scene. Personally, I can’t accept it as I only have Pei Pa Koa when I have a sore throat or a bad cough! 

The 1872 Clipper Tea came out with a Special Edition Tea Set in conjunction with our upcoming National Day! The tea set is aptly named 'Flavours of Singapore - A Singaporean Breakfast', and the set consists of 2 tin cans of flavored tea leaves consisting of 'Kaya Toast' and 'Teh Tarik'!

The 'Kettle Gourmet' offers local flavoured Popcorn, and two of the ones that I tried were 'Teh Tarik' & 'Chicken Rice'! To my utter surprise, the Chicken Rice popcorn really did taste like the real deal!

Fossa Chocolate is teaming up with Pekoe & Imp in brewing special-tea chocolates. Now, you can enjoy both Tea and chocolate in just one bite! 

I had a great time exploring the tea festival with my friends. We sampled various teas from the booths. Most of the brands in this festival are retailing online, and and they were founded by young local entrepreneurs! I am glad that I visited this event, and I am looking forward to next year's edition! See you next year, SGTEAFEST! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

[USA TRIP] My visit to Washington, DC

After spending 4 days in New York, we checked out from the Avalon Hotel in the morning and made our way by foot to Penn Station to catch our bus to Washington D.C. Baby did his homework and read up from various websites on all recommended bus companies that ply the New York to Washington D.C route. There were various mixed reviews on different companies, and in the end we decided on using the Tripper Bus Service.
We were glad that complimentary WIFI were rendered to the passengers on-board the bus, as the journey to Washington DC was about 4.5hours. The damage for our round-trip was USD134.50 for 2 pax.
The drop off point was at Arlington, and we purchased a metro card each to take the metro train to our hotel! Our hotel was between the two metro stations of Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle, and a 5 to 10 minute walk was required!

We checked into 'The Wink', a small boutique hotel in the neighbourhood area Dupont Circle. The amenities were well stocked, and I loved their body lotion very much!

After we settled down at the hotel, we went out to nearby Georgetown for some shopping and sightseeing. Amazingly, we found a TjMaxx, one of our favourite shopping malls in the United States, right here in Georgetown! For our dinner, we decided to try the 'Potbelly Sandwich Shop', a chain restaurant akin to Subway. We found the sandwiches delicious as they were made to order!

Washington D.C. must be one of the easiest places to get around by public transportation or by foot. Washington has a good metro system, and in my opinion I preferred the Metro system in Washington D.C more than in NYC!

On our second day in Washington D.C, we did what most tourists would do, with a visit to the White House. The White House was about a 15 minute walk away by foot, and we passed by the George Washington University (GWU). Baby insisted to take a picture of me next to the University's Logo, which naturally, was the outline of George Washington's head.


Amazingly, it was the Sakura Blossom period when we were in Washington D.C. According to Baby, who is a history fan, a long time ago Japan gave the U.S some sakura seeds as a gift of friendship, and these were used to plant Sakura trees right here in Washington! There were so many beautiful Sakura flowers which easily matched the ones found in Japan, and we couldn't help but take photos of them, as well as with them!

We finally reached The White House - Which anyone will know is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Unfortunately, we could only view the premises from a distance, but it was still quite the experience. I can now cross this off my bucket list!

After leaving the White House, we spotted a posh restaurant - The Hamilton, and we decided to go in for lunch. The restaurant offers seasonal and regional American cuisine, for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, as well as a sushi menu. 

The dining room was nicely decorated. The food was very good and reasonable priced for the location. This is a good place to go for lunch or dinner if you want to enjoy a nice sit-down meal. The damage was kinda on the pricey side, but the delicious food made up for it! 

After our meal, we made our way to The National Mall by foot. It is one of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic landmarks. Located in the centre of a precisely organized city, the Mall is literally the heart of D.C. 

You can find a number of the city’s most prominent monuments in the vicinity of the National Mall, such as the United States Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and many many more!

The Lincoln Memorial is perhaps the most famous and most important in the social history of the United State. The Lincoln Memorial also marks the western end of the Mall.

Apart from these, some other memorials we visited included the Franklin D.Roosevelt Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

In my experience, most national capital cities are interesting, and Washington D.C. takes the idea of a capital city to a whole new level.

I will continue my National Mall's sight-seeing experience in my next post, stay tuned!