Monday, November 30, 2015

Bestie Tiffany's Birthday Dinner At Mitzo

Tiff and I have been friends for over 20 years. It all started when a cute little girl came forward to make friends with me on the first day of Primary One. You could say that she's the oldest and dearest friend I have.

For Tiff's birthday 2 weeks back, we decided that we should go semi-atas. After reading favourable reviews of Mitzo, we looked forward excitedly to this dinner meet up the whole week.

We (or I, rather) were so drawn to the beautiful sexy interior decor of Mitzo. I've completely fallen in love with the elegant and contemporary design with lots of reflection rainbows amidst all the sea of blue glass.

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I could see how this restaurant transforms into a bar at night. A lounge-like feel permeates the air as we walked through panels of glass and mirror while being shown to our seats.

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Large panels of mirrors made up the ceiling. We decided to have a mirror wefie in the most unusual fashion.

"Mitzo breaks the mould of Chinese dining by combining a contemporary take on Cantonese cuisine with an artisanal cocktail programme." -

I initially chose Mitzo coz of the 20% discount with my staff pass in November. However upon reservation, the cordial lady over the phone informed me of 2 different one-for-one promotional set dinner menu to consider.

Tiff: "Wah... I'm so touched that you're treating me at such an atas place!"

Jo: "Ya... don't be so touched. It's one-for-one!"

We chose the 6-course Mitzo Signatures Premium set at $128++ per pax. The dishes in this set like their signature bbq pork and roast pork belly, abalone, cod fish and wagyu beef is the more expensive set but it is definitely more value for money. The total bill after the one-for-one promo, together with a pot of pu'er tea, came up to $162.43. That's a really reasonable price to pay for semi fine-dining cuisine with such a lovely ambience.

This wasn't quite the usual nuts served at the start of the meal. Anything dusted with seaweed powder would get the thumbs up from me.

~*Double-boiled abalone soup with cordyceps flower, chicken and king oyster mushroom*~
I love almost all clear Asian soup and this soup was nourishing and delicious.

~*Roast platter Mitzo special barbecued pork*~
I do not usually fancy barbecued pork (better known locally as char siew) but I could see why this is their signature dish. The tender pork was coated with a crispy later of sweet caramelized sugar (I reckon) that's charred to perfection. A thick piece of pork per person tasted heavenly though I'm not very sure if I would have diminishing marginal utility when given a larger serving.

~*Roast platter crispy roast pork belly*~
I love crispy roast pork belly (better known locally as siu yuk) in general and I love this for the right amount of crisp skin, tender meat and melt-in-your-mouth fats. Crispy roast pork belly is one of my favourite unhealthy Chinese food ever. Not to mention, I always feel that such roast meat always have an atas air when dipped with mustard.

When Tiff asked for chilli without specifying what type of chilli she wanted, the wait staff came with red chilli, green chilli and chilli padi.

~*Steamed cod fish with minced ginger in soya sauce*~
Cod fish is one of my favourite fish and I've tasted a lot more delicious cod fish dishes than this. I didn't quite like it with minced ginger and I felt that there could be more soya sauce.

~*Stir-fried wagyu beef with asparagus in osmanthus sauce*~
Tiff found the wagyu beef tough; I felt it was tender enough. However, one undisputed view from both of us was that this dish was a little too sweet for our liking after having eaten more than 3 pieces.

~*Fried rice with ginger, shrimp and tobiko*~
This dish tried to be many things all at once and the amalgamation of ingredients made us really confused as to what should be unique selling point of this dish. That aside, we Asians always need our rice!

Tiffy was really happy with the dinner, the ambience and the company so far!

Then came our dessert. I took a video of this where Tiff was acting silly, pretending that she was conjuring some sort of magic.

Ya I had no magical smoke coz I'm not the birthday gal. But I got to eat my dessert faster! Hehehehe...

The fumes from the dry ice finally settled down.

~*Chilled cream of mango with sago and pomelo topped with ice cream*~
We could finally see the dessert after all the "smoke" dissipated. The mango taste was flavourful without being too sweet. The tangy pomelo sacs were refreshing and another thing I remembered about this dish was Tiff asking if the flower petals could be eaten.

While other restaurants serve cake on birthdays, Mitzo serves longevity buns! I think that Chinese character there is 寿 which means longevity.

The staff at Mitzo sang Tiff a birthday song after presenting her with her "cake". It was a pleasant surprise for the both of us. The old lady at the table next to us went over to hug Tiff saying that it was her birthday as well! So sweet! The Mitzo staff then mentioned that she was going to get the same treatment too. Lol! We assumed it could not be kept under wraps since we were just beside them. When it was the old lady's turn, we also sang the birthday song together and for that brief moment we felt like we were family.

I wish for all your dreams to come true. You deserve only the best! xoxo

The buns were really delicious! The lotus paste was awesome. It reminded us of mooncakes with silky smooth lotus paste.

We were both really happy gals with such good food in our bellies.

It was a bestie telepathy that we were dressed in blue that evening!

And somebody just wanna have a wefie with the snowman... *rolls eyes* Ok, birthday gal would get whatever she wanted. As I'm doing up this post, I realised that I've completely forgotten to blog about my birthday dinner with Tiff. And then I realised that we've got so many other photos together that I've decided to do it all in the same post next time.

All photos taken using iPhone 6

Announcement of Firmoo Giveaway Winner

If you've taken part in the Firmoo glasses giveaway and have read up to here, good for you!

As per past giveaways I've held, I used a random number generator to pick my winner after sequencing the participants in running serial numbers.

And the winner is...

Rari Moon!

Congratulations Rari! I could already imagine how the choice glasses would fit you. You would be receiving an email from me soon.

To all other participants, thank you so much for taking part. I hope we could forge a bloggie friendship and that you would continue to drop by my blog for more giveaways and promotions.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway

Winner would be announced in my next post. 

It wasn't that long ago that glasses were uncool. You only wore them when you absolutely had to. These days, glasses that are 100% functional are almost like a fashion accessory to fit your face for the whole day until it is time to go to bed.

Although you don't really see it on my blog and other social media platforms, I'm most of the time a specky gal at work and have at least 3 different prescription glasses-- on my room desk, on the bedside table and one that is almost always on my face.

Specky girl needn't be uncool especially when you have trendy glasses.

I was thrilled when Firmoo reached out to me about a giveaway collaboration. I've read so many great reviews on Firmoo and also know of a couple of trustworthy blog friends who gave the thumbs up for Firmoo.

If you haven't already heard, Firmoo is a global online optical store which offers affordable yet high-quality prescription glasses and sunglasses. Their eye wear ranges from classic to trendy and you would definitely find one that suits your taste.

For those skeptical about ordering eye wear online, cast your worries aside. Firmoo includes detailed measurements on their website so you could compare the frame size with your current eye wear. Other information such as frame style, material, weight etc are also clearly stated on each product page. You could also use the "Try On" feature to see how these frames would look on you. Simply upload your photo and then click to see the resulting look.

Today, I'm delighted to share the joy of my very first Firmoo collaboration with one lucky blog reader.

Your prize

You would win a pair of Firmoo glasses with free shipping from the Collection for Bloggers. Glasses include the frames, standard 1.50 index single vision lenses. Upgraded lenses and add-ons will be charged for an extra fee.

How to win? 

Minimum requirement
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This giveaway will run for a week and will end on 27 November 2015 11:59 pm Singapore time.
International readers are welcome to take part.
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I will pick another winner if there is no reply within 72 hours of my email.
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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween is when the darkness in me arises

I've been neglecting my blog because I simply had no energy to craft a proper post.

I've not been very active on social media due to all the busyness at work.

For weeks, I lack exercise, I eat unhealthily, my body is obviously not happy.

Then when all the hecticness simmered down, I got really tired of certain things in life and went on a social media hiatus for a week.

Other than all the little negativity in life adding up, I've been feeling down to the state of being depressed more recently. I felt as if I had hope and then it was robbed from me, leaving me with a scarred heart. I literally felt so much pain in my heart that I thought I could die from it. It was so much more intense and painful than all the gastrointestinal pain that I get almost every day.

I'm very good at masking my true emotions at times. Facing the world and pretending that I'm okay is what I do best once I get past the crying stage till there is no more tears left for that moment.

However, it really is difficult to pretend at times. I had to share my feelings with some friends.

Other than that and acting perfectly normal to the people I see every day, I felt the dire need to simply shut myself up from everyone else for a while. I didn't respond much when these friends checked on me every now and then and said that I'm not my usual self on message medium.

I mentioned this before. I do not really like writing emo stuff on my blog, Facebook or Instagram. As far as I always assert that there is beauty in melancholy, I do not believe in affecting other people with my emosity and creating negative energy through my writing whenever I'm upset. Besides, I'm always known by others as a happy and positive person.

I asked my hub recently, "Why do people always say I'm so happy and positive?"

He replied, "That's because you always hide your sadness from people."

I realised that I need to acknowledge sadness, deal with it accordingly and then heal. As I have learnt from the movie Inside Out, it is through sadness that people could seek for and experience joy.

So I'm not going to care who is reading this. I'm going to be upfront and acknowledge that I've been sad. If I don't be open about it, I won't be able to heal well.

It's been a week of trying to deal with sadness and I'm making good progress. I need to overcome more hurdles as I slowly rebuild myself. Hopefully, I would be back to normal soon.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Instagram Snapshots ~*August 2015*~

I really should have more posts in between my Instagram Snapshots posts as it seems to me that they are appearing too frequently. But then I cannot say that the months are passing by too frequently eh?

It's less than 3 weeks to a mega event that my department is organizing together with many other public agencies. I guess that would only mean that there would be cobwebs here again.

~*1 August 2015*~
Brought back my new Asics running shoes from the office so that I would have more motivation to run in something new. And then the notti cat photo bombed.

#catphotobomb #asics #asicsrunning #asicsshoes #runningshoes #cattail #healthylifestyle #instagood #igsg

~*2 August 2015*~
Tried Milk & Honey artisan yogurt parfait for the first time. There was an SG50 $5 promotion going on and I chose the Healthy Mix which consisted of strawberries, oranges and bananas. Super yummy and look at that cute Singapore flag!

#milkandhoney #milkandhoney_sg #sg50 #simisaialsosg50 #singaporeflag #healthylifestyle #dessert #instafood #igsg #yummy #yogurt

~*2 August 2015*~
MIL birthday dinner at Tim Ho Wan.

#timhowan #dimsum #instafood #foodie #foodgasm #foodporn #ilovefood #fatdieme

~*7 August 2015*~
Whenever I wear this double ring, people would ask me if my finger movements are limited and get me to do the Asian peace sign. So... I'll just do the Asian peace sign.

#doublering #keyring #antiquekey #selfiequeen #asianpeacesign #peacesign

~*7 August 2015*~
First day of SG50 jubilee weekend, we indulge in many Singaporeans' favorite local dish - Nasi Lemak!

Nasi Lemak is one of my favorite local dish but Chong Pang Nasi Lemak is overrated. The coconut fragrance from the rice doesn't come off enticing, the luncheon meat isn't my favourite Ma Ling brand and the chicken drumstick is way too big with a strong frozen meat taste under the super delicious skin. Fried Ikan Bilis is always yummy and can't really go wrong.
I very much prefer the traditional ones where you don't pick your own ingredients coz those ingredients that come with the dish are simple and good.

#nasilemak #chongpangnasilemak #sg50 #sgfood #singaporelocalfood #chickendrumstick #luncheonmeat #ikanbilis #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*8 August 2015*~
Otah or otak-otak for second day of SG50 jubilee weekend. Love it when the whiff of otah permeates through the air and lulls me to the direction of the makeshift otah stand. Often, they smell better than they taste so when they taste just like they smell, those are really ho eh!

#otah #otak #fishpaste #sgfood #singaporelocalfood #sg50 #foodie #ilovefood #instafood #igsg #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*8 August 2015*~
Totally ruined my National Day theme DIY nail art.

#igsg #ilovesingapore #ilovesg #sg50 #simisaialsosg50 #redandwhite #instanails #diynails #chockfullofbeans #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*8 August 2015*~
I was laughing so hard at Hubby's 3D latte art. It's so girl girl!!! I requested for Totoro this time round. We thought that we were limited to 1 3D art per table so Hubz didn't bother to request and look what happened. LOL! �� Can anyone tell me if that's My Melody???

#chockfullofbeans #3DLatteArt #totoro #mymelody #coffeeart #latteart #igsg #instafood #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*8 August 2015*~
#Totoro is sinking real fast at #chockfullofbeans. On a separate note, #ootd is #redandwhite for pre national day! On a separate separate note, I wanna see how annoying it is to read hashtags in between text.

#igsg #latteart #coffeeart #3DLatteArt #sg50 #simisaialsosg50 #sgblogger #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*8 August 2015*~
Pre national day wefie with the hubz in red and white at our new place to finish up recording all the defects. So many so many post its everywhere.

#wefie #couplewefie #redandwhite #sg50 #simisaialsosg50 #igsg #newhome #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*9 August 2015*~
You could tell that the focus was really The Cat who was photobombed by the shoes.
On a separate note, the sky was overcast and perfect for running even when it was approaching noon. But once I started jogging, the sun beams peered through the grey clouds announcing their arrival. Then, the dam in my nose called Sinus started leaking and by the 15th minute, my chest was hurting from sucking in too much.
Then, I got home and saw The Cat lazing like nobody's business on the mat and I thought how nice it is to be a cat.

#instacat #catphotobomb #asicsrunning #ilovecats #stupidcat #igsg #healthylifestyle #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*9 August 2015*~
Third day of SG50 jubilee weekend which is also National Day, I indulged in my parents' comforting home cooked food. For today's dinner, there's brown rice, spinach stir fried with garlic and white bait, corned beef with onion, clams with white wine and lotus root soup. Look at how the lotus root is in heart shape. ������ I simply love my parents' 爱心餐!We've been watching the NDP in the comfort of our sofa... With my work laptop left in the cold...

#homecookedfood #parentscooking #爱心餐 #like #love #lotusroot #beef #brownrice #healthydiet #sg50 #ndp #ilovesingapore #igsg #instafood #instagood #ilovefood #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015

~*9 August 2015*~
Soaking in the post NDP atmosphere with @tifducky and Paul at the whole Marina Bay area before National Day is over. What better way to start the night with old school wafer ice cream! So we had chocolate mint, nata de coco and chocolate chips but they all tasted like durian!!!

#sg50 #ndp2015 #ilovesg #redandwhite #oldschoolicecream #igsg #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015 #marinabay

~*9 August 2015*~
Oh dear. It's past midnight but anyway... Happy birthday Singapore!!! I love you!

#ilovesg #sg50 #ilovesingapore #igsg #fullertonhotel #happybirthday #ndp2015 #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015 #marinabay

~*9 August 2015*~
Yesterday... Trying to get some work done while watching NDP. Today??? Sigh... Nothing to say. The 4-day long jubilee weekend sure passes quickly.

#ndp #ndp2015 #sg50 #jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015 #ilovesingapore #ilovesg #wearesingapore #fireworks #danbo #workfromhome #igsg

~*10 August 2015*~
Hit by the realization that the 4-day jubilee weekend is coming to an end. Woa... Where did the time go?

#jubileeweekend #jubileeweekend2015 #sg50 #chewonit #ilovesg #igsg #ndp2015 #realitybites

~*11 August 2015*~
Watching The LKY Musical with @tifducky-- one of the greatest fan of LKY.

#LKY #TheLKYMusical #LKYthemusical #mbs #sandstheatre #ilovesg #ilovesingapore #sg50 #igsg

~*15 August 2015*~
MoMo (MolekTheCat), my favourite neighbourhood stray died from being attacked by a pack of 10 wild dogs last week over the Jubilee Weekend. I haven't even seen her the past few times I was at my family home. This picture of her rousing from her sleep in the bicycle basket was taken in 2008. I still can't believe she is gone... A feisty but loving cat when faced with 10 wild dogs is beyond her feisty nature to handle.

For my Singaporean followers/Yishun denizens, these wild dogs roam the forested area near Bottle Tree Park and they are pretty aggressive. There is a Park Connector there where I see joggers and cyclists. Do keep a good watch out when you are around that area!

This 2012 video was my last long interaction with her:

#caturday #MolekTheCat #momo #instacat #straycat #cutecat #igsg #sgcats #ilovecats

~*16 August 2015*~
On National Day, I did a short clip of "Home" which is almost every Singaporean's favourite National Day song and didn't post it up. Now I'm challenged by SOMEBODY (tag removed) to post my amateur singing up on public social media. Challenge accepted but please don't bash me for the bathroom singing. Takes a lot to post this up to get bashed.

#KitChan #homesingapore #singingsunday #SG50 #NDP2015 #bathroomsinger #iruinedthesong #amateursinger #onesongonesg #ilovesingapore #ilovesg #陈洁仪

~*18 August 2015*~
Spontaneous lunch meet up with bestie @xtinaong and Baby Sammie today! Baby Sammie is sick but she was so well-behaved! Most of the times, she just let mummy and aunty eat and chat in peace while she looked at everyone in the restaurant and made them smile with her curious, kpo expression. It was so great catching up with you Chris!

#besties #bff #galpals #friends #ilovemyfriends #igsg

~*19 August 2015*~
I haven't posted any illustration or random doodle on Instagram for a loooooooong time. Here's a Triumph TR250 which was part of the farewell card for our previous director. I've never drawn or coloured a car before and even with referencing, this is my most challenging drawing and colouring to date.

#illustration #doodle #antiquecar #TriumphTR250 #colorpencildrawing #blackpendrawing #yellowcar #igsg #instagood #sgblogger

~*22 August 2015*~
Discovered new, doable and effective toning and sculpting YouTube videos to work out to! They are just toning and sculpting but I was burning and sweating like cardio.
Yes yes, some of you are still guessing on Instagram which sports bra I chose. I got the pink and black Nike one in the end coz I'm bimbotic and wanna match my pink and black FBT shorts.

#healthylifestyle #postworkout #postworkselfie #dontbelazy #hotandsweaty #sweatitout #fitness #moveyourbody #nikesportsbra

~*23 August 2015*~
Liquid eyeliners are meant for drawing fake tattoos, only that I don't know what I'm drawing.

#bodyart #faketattoo #wristtattoo #liquideyeliner #tattooart #instagood #igsg

~*27 August 2015*~
Throwback to 10 years ago. These are the very first colleagues I've made when I stepped out into the working world, some of whom have become great buddies and many of whom are still connected through Facebook. I will always miss the times when we worked hard together and played even harder together, the long lunches whenever we decided to reward ourselves and all the celebrations we threw for one another. We need a 10 year reunion soon!

#tbt #throwbackthursdays #colleagues #friends #missingyou #thosememories #thosedays #whenwewereyoung #igsg #instagood #mahjong #birthday

~*30 August 2015*~
The raw oysters from Itacho Sushi served in this manner reminded me of how much I miss the oyster shooters at Dan Ryan's.

#itachosushi #rawoysters #oysters #japanesefood #instafood #instagood #foodporn #foodie #foodgasm

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