Wednesday, October 31, 2012

From Princess to Queen - My latest project with In Square Salon! (Bridal Series)

See how 6 ladies transformed from princess on their day of marriage, till the queen of today!

Ms Leong Sow Fung, who has been married for 19 years, share with you why did she chose to be different from other brides, and who gave her the confidence. Ms Mandy Low, married for 9 years, also tells us how she met her husband, and how comfortable she was with hairdresser and make up artist, Ivan Hoo, and photographer Albert Chua. Many years back, Ivan and Albert add colors to their wedding day.
Many years later, the two of them work together again and transform the then princess, to queens.

Make Up and Hair : Ivan Hoo, Creative Director, In Square Salon 

Photography: Albert Chua, Twentyfourseven pictures 

Videography and Editing : Kevin Soh, Double-image 

Music : Anywhere Is by Enya, Wishin' and Hopin' by Ani Di Franco, Dreams Come True by Michaelangelo and Jasmin Cruz

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Macau Trip! Restaurante Platao, Portuguese Egg Tarts, Casino!

Was in Macau in May this year, only started to post my entry now...was watching recent mediacorp drama, 微笑正义, some scenes in the drama featured places in Macau, inspired me to post my entry up!
Seen here with Shoel, and also Seeman, my JC classmate who's now staying in Hongkong. We had planned a holiday in Hongkong for 5 days 4 nights, and one of the destinations we visited was Macau.

First stop! Venetian Macau. =)

Was amazed with the architecture of the building, felt as though we were in the palace.

You don't have to travel to Venice, seriously. Already can experience it in Macau.

Mum, myself together with shoel.

Beginner's luck at the casino. Virgin win!
I was really lucky !

Next stop, we visited San Hou Lei 新好利 for the famous Macau Ju Pa Bao, also known as pork chop bun.
What's so special? Okay, according to my Hongkong friend, Seeman, this is one of the best and famous shop in Macau. Tender pork chop meat with crispy surface of the roasted bun, yet soft inside, make a perfect match when you bite it down, kind of oily, but you just simply can't resist it! 

San Hou Lei 新好利
Rua de Regedor 13 and 14, Taipa

You should also visit the Ruins of St. Paul's too. It is one of the famous landmark in Macau, which has some history behind it. Cathedral of St. Paul was one of the largest Catholic Churches during the 16th century. However, it was destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. The ruins now consist of the southern stone façade, and the façade sits on a small hill, with 66 stone steps leading up to it.

The next place we visited: 

Margaret’s Cafe e Nata
Address: Gum Loi Building, Rua Almirante Costa Cabral
Tel: 28710032, closed on Wednesday

Seeman brought us to this place, which was famous for its Portuguese Egg Tarts. Was really very good. Crispy crust, hot, freshly bake, mixed with a afternoon tea, superb!

Look at the crowd! Was not easy to find a seat there!

Mum and girlfriend waiting... boyfriend and son duty to queue up. Haha.

After teabreak, we head on to Mingji to get our souvenirs!

See, so many items! Yea, the ladies buy... It's also the son and boyfriend duty to carry. Lol. 

Finally...dinner time! Seeman brought us to another famous place in Macau. 

九如坊Platao Portuguese restaurant 

G/FL./ 3 Travessa Sao Domingos Macau
Tel: (853) 2833-1818

Restaurant Platao is famous for its Portuguese dishes. 

Dish 1: Baked Bacalhau with Smashed Potato
According to Wikipedia, Bacalhau (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɐkɐˈʎaw]) is the Portuguese word for codfish and—in a culinary context—dried and salted codfish. Fresh (unsalted) cod is referred to as bacalhau fresco (fresh cod).

If you're a lover of potatoes, you should order this! But careful of small bones!

Dish 2: Stir Fried Mixed Mushroom. 

Mushrooms fried and served in a half cut potato. The inner part of the potato was emptied, and filled with mushrooms. Cut some slice of the potato and mixed with the mushroom, awesome combination! A healthy yet tasty dish to go with!

Dish 3: Vegetable Soup with Portuguese Sausage (left) and Spinach Soup (right)

Personally, I would prefer the spinach soup more than the former. Healthier choice to go with definitely. The Vegetable soup with Portuguese Sausage had a weird taste which does not really blend well. 

Dish 4: Biscuit Mousse
Dessert finally came. Heard from Seeman all day long about this Biscuit Mousse, and she mentioned that this was one of the must eat item in Macau. Everyone in Macau knows this. It has very fine biscuit crust on every layer, has a 'ice-cream' feel, yet it's not an ice-cream. Very unique dessert which you can't find in Singapore. Probably only in Macau. Must eat and best selling dessert ! Highly recommended.

Note: Remember to make a reservation before you go. Heard that it's always pack and crowded!

 So one full day of Macau experience. Many thanks to our tour guide Seeman! 

Taking the ferry back to HongKong Island! Will blogged about my HongKong experience when I have the time!

Monday, October 08, 2012

Lavaedge - MacRitchie Reservoir

Re-explored MacRitchie Reservoir with Shoel. Both of us were feeling too stressed from work and need somewhere more relaxing, close to the nature, so decided to explore Lavaedge @ MacRitchie Reservoir.

Enjoyed the cool evening breeze, and the fresh air from the nature.

The road less travelled.

Music is the most powerful tool. Not only does it defines our emotions, but it's also a strong pillar to us when one experience loneliness.  

Ignore my expression... 

Lavaedge at MacRitchie opens from 5pm till 1am. There's outdoor and indoor dining space also, so fred not if it rains. Choose an outdoor seat to get close to the nature. Lavaedge also serves coffee and beer, and there's main course , small bites and desserts too.

  Had a very nice view from where we were sitting. =)

Ordered the Apple Crumble, this is a MUST TRY dessert. The vanilla ice cream, mixing with the warm and rich apple crumble crust below, is a perfect match. Goes along well with an ice coffee, or you may want to choose a hot coffee if the weather is cold. Only cost $8.90SGD.

Looking up from where I was sitting.

Was just for an afternoon tea, so didn't order any main course to go along with it. But we tried the Seafood Basket from the small bite menu. Wasn't as good as what we expected. Costing $16.90, with fries, prawn, squid and fillet. Even though there was really some variety in the basket, but was kind of too oily for our taste.

The girlfriend started entertaining herself with her Samsung phone again. Boo. Picture taken by Nokia Pureview 808. Haha.

Weekends, stay close to the nature, where our souls get recharged for the busy week ahead.

Lavaedge at MacRitchie
181 Lornie Road
Macritchie Reservoir Park
Singapore 297732
Phone :9298 2301


Sunday, October 07, 2012

Candle Night 2012 at Marina Bay

Thanks to Marina Bay Singapore & Singapore Lighting Detectives, was invited to Candle Night 2012 at Marina Bay last weekend.

Candle night is an environmental and energy conservation event that encourages people to turn off the lights for few hours and spend slow and quiet time. The concept started in a well-known street of Tokyo‘s Omotesando district in 2005 and now has grown to be an international event.

In conjunction with Merlion's 40th birthday, the organizers had also encouraged the public to draw their own Merlion image on the candle holder.Many were creative, and these drawings represent not only their well wishes, but also the Merlion in their heart.

Singapore is probably the only country with a fictitious character, a lion and 'mermaid' combination to represent the country icon. But only recently, our country icon's presence is being overshadowed  by the 3 big sticks smack right at the center of Marina Bay.

This year’s Candle Night Event was again organized by Lighting Detective, and in collaboration with The Fullerton Heritage and 7 schools(which including: Studio Miu, LASALLE, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Dunman High School).

Candid expression. Lol.

Republic Polytechnic's masterpiece, home.

The team effort from Republic Poly...

Another masterpiece, from another institution.

Captured another creative artpiece, hanging on the tree.

Till now, Merlion still remain one of the favorite photo spots to many tourists.

So I tried to be a tourist for few minutes too.

This is probably my few shots with the Merlion, despite being a Singaporean.
My last shot with the Merlion was probably 15 years ago at Sentosa... the biggest, and tallest Merlion in Singapore.

While walking down the waterfront, took this shot. The 3 big sticks have powerful light beams which can send signals to the Aliens. And one day when the Aliens attack us, we will launch our secret party ship with swimming pool up the space. That's how powerful the 3 big sticks are, so strong that they hold the big party ship. I'm just joking, btw. =)
Happy belated Mid Autumn Festival yea!