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The Chocolate Chips Cookies Recipe

Posted by on 9:02 pm in Food & Drink, Kids, Kitchen, Things to do | 0 comments

The Chocolate Chips Cookies Recipe

When I was craving for some chocolate chip cookies but found none in my kitchen, I decided to whip up some to share with family and friends. I feel that this recipe is very versatile as we are able to replace chocolate chips with almost every other goodies such as white chocolate chips, raisins or even healthier versions such as grains, nuts and even bananas! Chocolate Chip Cookies  (Yields 30 cookies) Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp fine salt 12 ounce semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks 1/2 cup unsalted butter  3/4 cup packed brown sugar (You can add more if you have a sweet tooth) 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla essence 1/2 tsp espresso powder (optional) Total Time: 1 hr 5 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 30 min Cook: 15 min Directions: Put the butter out in room temperature to make sure that it is soft. Evenly position 2 racks in the middle of the oven and preheat to 190 degrees C. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone sheets. However, if you only have 1 baking sheet, let it cool completely between batches. I didn’t use baking sheets but buttered the baking tray very slightly (make sure that you don’t over butter otherwise your cookies will turn out oily). Whisk the sugars, eggs, butter and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon, take care not to over mix. Stir in the chocolate chips or chunks and make sure that it’s evenly mixed. Scoop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared pans. Wet hands slightly and roll the dough into balls. Space the cookies about 2-inches apart on the pans. Bake, until golden, but still soft in the center, for about 12-15 minutes, depending on how chewy or crunchy you like your cookies. Transfer hot cookies with a spatula to a rack to cool and serve.   Store cookies in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days. I have placed my cookies in a heart shape for the fun of it 🙂 This recipe is basic and is rather easy for almost anyone including a child to successfully execute. You may use the above guidelines and adjust it over time according to your preference and let it evolve into your very own recipe. Have fun and Share the Joy!...

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Tenryu Dining & Teahouse – Japanese Delights

Posted by on 9:09 pm in Food & Drink, Restaurants | 3 comments

Tenryu Dining & Teahouse – Japanese Delights

Tucked in a quiet estate of Dairy Farm Estate situated within Upper Bukit Timah area, we dined at this family owned Japanese restaurant which is a true hidden gem. The tranquility and serenity of the surrounding homes make this place exceptionally cosy and inviting.   Red Wines I like their selection of red wines here and so we ordered a bottle of Chateau Du Barrailh for sharing.   Japanese Delicacies Edamame – Boiled Green Soyabean Tamago – Egg Omelette  Braised Pork This is a MUST try. This braised pork is so tasty and soft and has a unique taste to it! It’s somewhat different from our Chinese sort of braised pork but extremely yummy. 🙂   Sashimi Go for the 7 kinds of assorted Sashimi selections if you’re a fan of raw fish food. It’s very fresh, mouth watering and appetizing. Even the leaves and flowers served with the dish are fresh. Usually, the Salmon, Sweet Shrimp (Amaebi), Octopus (Tako), Scallop (Hotate), Swordfish (Mekajiki), Tuna (Maguro) will be served up but this really depends on what is available in their kitchen.  I would add the Salmon Fish Roe (Ikura) to my Sashimi dish to satisfy my Japanese cuisine cravings. PS: The Sashimis are on 50% off every THURSDAY! Just too bad we don’t go on Thursdays…  haha.    Salmon with Flying Fish Roe (Tobiko) toppings What more can I say? I absolutely am in love with their fish. Grilled Fish Cheek (Kama Shio Yaki) This dish was recommended by the Jesintha (the lady supervisor in the restaurant dressed in kimono) as she claimed that it’s a top favourite in the restaurant. And I do agree with her on that. Now, we’re hooked on the tenderness and freshness of the fish cheeks that we just got to order it every time we are there. PS: This dish may be sold out at times due to its popularity. Do check with Jesintha on the availability.  Salmon with Butter (Salmon Butter Yaki)  I prefer eating salmon raw but this salmon cooked with butter tastes tantalizing too. Noodle Kitshun Udon has got to be my fave udon noodle there. It is served with sweet fried bean curd and seaweed. Rice (Gohan) The Garlic Fried Rice here is very fragrant and you could see alot of garlic flakes placed on top of the rice with a generous serving of green onions! Love this and it’s just SGD$5 a bowl.  🙂 Ice Cream Yuzu icecream has this citrus and refreshing taste and makes a great dessert after our hearty Japanese meal. It’s served here in a ball at SGD$4.50 per pax. 🙂   The overall food tasting experience is very good for its great quality and fresh ingredients used. Tenryu Dining & Teahouse is also a comfy place to hang out with your loved ones for a quiet lunch or dinner together. Customer service is courteous too. Other than times when the restaurant is a little busy, you will see the chef coming out to serve the dish to you himself. Although the pricing may be a little steep, this family owned restaurant definately beats the bigger brand names out there for their food quality. Its cosy ambience also makes it easy for us to befriend and chat with the staff there too. Note: Best Days to Visit are Tuesdays & Wednesdays because the...

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BMW Car Show – BMW World 2014 Stories in Motion

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BMW Car Show – BMW World 2014 Stories in Motion

We attended the BMW Car Show – BMW World 2014 Stories in Motion at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Singapore, which as held at MBS’s Expo & Convention Hall from 1 – 3 Aug 2014. “The BMW World 2014 Stores in Motion is set to be the largest single automotive group showcase in Asia. It tells captivating stories of BMW and MINI on innovation, design and luxury.” Our free tickets: The mini was the first car to greet us at the entrance and I simply adored the chic display! As there were many car enthusiasts attending the Car Show, we had to queue and were only allowed in by batches by the organizer to avoid overcrowding. Despite this, it pays off waiting to check out these awesome rides that you’ll like. Ranging from the retro to modern and futuristic designs, all these displays are housed in the same compound. The BMW1, M6, BMWi3 and BMWi8 series and Bikes are all displayed just metres apart. I took picture of the bike as the design reminded me of the Ghost Rider Movie image. Test drives of the latest BMW and MINI models are also available! Just approach any of the Sales Consultants onsite to book for your test drive. The new BMWi8 Concours d’Elegance Edition packs a punch in its special design which makes it unique. I don’t usually fancy matte cars but the BMWi8 is decked out in matte grey, blue accents at the headlights and a curvy sleek back design.  BMW M6 Coupe – Personally, I prefer the M6 designs. Official figures say that the acceleration from 0-100 km/h (62mph) comes in about 4 secs, with the electronically governed top speed at 250 km/h! It’ll be great to drive this on long distance road trips. BMW M6 Convertible BMW i3 For eco-friendly drivers, the BMW Smart Charging is now available in Singapore! THE RETRO CARS BMW M1 – The M1 was conceptualized as a race car, and then homologated through civilian series production. These cars were hand-built from 1978 to 1981 and the M1 is the rarest production BMW sports car in the company’s lengthy history. Classic Isetta Mini-Car – This model was the world’s first mass-production in 1955 and was the top-selling single-cylinder car in the world. Classic MINI Cooper The New MINI Cooper – promotes lifestyle of a young funky executive. Fancy mini cars and bikes for your little ones? These are really cute that the kids just refuse to leave these rides. Seems like the brand is ingrained in them from young to become future BMW or MINI drivers. Haha. Background of BMW BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke. The German luxury automaker is based in Munich, Germany and owns both the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. The brand is famous for the tagline “Ultimate Driving Machines,” which describes its lineup of luxury and sports cars. BMW also produces motorcycles under the BMW Motorrad...

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Posted by on 10:17 pm in Food & Drink, Kids, Kitchen, Things to do | 0 comments

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This recipe is for the chocolate lovers. These chocolate crinkle cookies are rolled in confectioner’s sugar and baked until it’s chewy.  As these chocolate cookies bake, they puff up and crackle, thus they are called crinkle cookies.  My recipe used below is a little sweet, therefore if you want to want a healthier version you could use less sugar e.g. 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Makes 2 dozen! Prep time: 20 minsWait time: ~2 hrs Cook time: 15 mins Total time: ~2 hrs 35 mins Ingredients: 1 cup of All Purpose Flour 2/3 cup of Granulated Sugar (Quantity could be reduced for a less sweet version) 1/2 cup of Cocoa Powder 1/4 cup of Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature 1 tsp of Baking Powder 1/4 tsp of Salt 2 Large Eggs 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract 1/2 cup of Confectioner Sugar 1/2 tsp of Instant Espresso Powder (Optional) Direction: 1) In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and instant espresso powder, set aside. 2) In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until creamy and smooth. 3) Add the dry ingredients (in Step 1) and mix them in long enough (~5 mins) to combine.   4) Place the dough in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or up to overnight. 5) Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C, line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.  Note: I didn’t use parchment paper here. Parchment paper will help to reduce burnt bits on the trays and baked goods wouldn’t stick.   6) Using a small ice cream scoop or two spoons, form little balls of dough and coat them in the confectioner sugar, place them a couple inches apart on your prepared baking sheets. Recommedation: It’s best to sift the Confectioner sugar so that it will be finer and smoother.   7) Bake the cookies for 13 to 15 minutes and allow them to cool completely before serving. See that cookies crinkled?  I added more sifted Confectioner sugar here. However, you could skip this step and serve. I’m happy to have tried this recipe and well there is still room for improvement. The time that I used to bake was initially 12 mins and the cookies didn’t crinkle. However if the cookies were baked for at least 15 mins, you would see the cookies puff up. Also, the feedback was that the cookies were sweet. Hence I have suggested to use 1/2 cup of granulated sugar instead of 3/4 cup. I’ll be putting up more recipes of my Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vanilla Flavoured) soon!...

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The Natural Lip Scrub

Posted by on 10:30 pm in DIYs, Glow, Makeup, Wellness | 1 comment

The Natural Lip Scrub

Got Dry, Chapped or Peeling Lips? Here’s a great Homemade Sugar Scrub recipe that would work on your lips! This nourishing natural lip scrub recipe contains ingredients which you can quite likely find in your kitchen! For a nice smelling lip balm, you could add in your favourite essential oils (optional). Why exfoliate your lips? It’s important to exfoliate your lips so that it will help to make the lipstick go on with a nice smooth and even texture. Exfoliating the top layer of the skin at least once a week can help to expose a new soft surface and hydrate the lips at the same time. Exfoliating can also help especially when we work and sleep in air-conditioned rooms where the skins tend to become drier when it’s cold. What are the Ingredients you’ll need?  1 tsp honey (Organic honey will be good to make this recipe even more natural)1 tsp oil (Olive preferred)2 tsp white or brown sugar Mix the honey, sugar and oil well with a wooden spoon to create a fine paste. Drop in the essential oil for added fragrance and healing properties. What are the directions for usage? With clean hands, pat the paste onto your lips and the skin around it and allow it to set for a few minutes. Gently massage in circular motions to remove dead skin cells before rinsing with lukewarm water. Pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a thin layer of olive oil or moisturizing lip balm. You could do this 1-2 times weekly for healthy looking lips! Keep in a small container and store in fridge for longer shelf life. Be careful not to make too much at one go as this recipe is all natural and contains no preservatives. However if you have made extra, then share the DIY goodies with your best gal pals!...

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Pre-Wedding Photography Thomson Wedding Collection (Part 1)

Posted by on 11:50 pm in Pre-Wedding Photography, Special Occasions, Weddings | 3 comments

Pre-Wedding Photography Thomson Wedding Collection (Part 1)

We are almost done with our pre-wedding photography and are waiting for our photos to be edited *Yay*! I will be blogging about our Pre-Wedding Photography experiences with Thomson Wedding Collection (TWC) in 3 parts: PART 1) The Trial – Spotting the Perfect Wedding Gowns for Photoshoot   PART 2) Pre-Wedding Photography Experience in Macau PART 3) Outcome of the Pre-Wedding Photos (New Post!) [1] The Trial – Spotting the Perfect Wedding Gowns for Photoshoot After Michelle (the Lady Boss) sold us the pre-wedding photography package, the next thing we needed to do was to visit their shop at Tanjong Pagar to select our gowns. There are two levels at their shop house. The first level showcases their latest white wedding gowns, while the second floor showcases more of the outdoor photography gowns. I was introduced to Fiona (Michelle’s younger sister) who assisted with my selection of gowns. Fiona is extremely helpful and recommended the styles which she thinks would suit me better. For my package, I was allowed to select a total of 4 gowns (regardless of length). The photos below are some of the gowns that I’ve tried on… WHITE GOWNS  The White Gown below is what I selected in the end. It just reminded me of two tiered cupcakes!   I felt that the hardest to decide on was the white gowns because TWC has so many designs for you to choose from. But Brides-To-Be (BTB) only can pick one gown out of the whole selection!      ARGH.   COLOURED GOWNS   Now, moving on to the coloured gowns.   My skin type is towards the darker skin tone, hence I avoided all biege or brownish coloured gowns.   Black Laced Long Gown    Bright Sunny Yellow Layered Gown    A similar version of the gown above can also be found in red.   Red Layered Gown    Dark Purple Gown with Crystals belt   Simple Royal Blue Gown   Princess Cut Red Gown   White & Pink layered Mermaid cut Gown    Turquoise Mermaid Cut Gown with Hot Pink Flowers    Note for Brides considering to sign up with TWC:   1. TWC has got more white gowns for selection rather than coloured gowns. In fact, if you were to sign up the Actual Day (AD) Photography with them, you’ll get to pick the latest and much more beautifully designed gowns (Sweethearts, Enchanted, Mermaid, Princess, Laced, Layered etc. ) found at the first floor. Check them out before signing up.   2. TWC has good looking coloured gowns but they are new and not allowed for outdoor photography. AD will be okay.   3. The service rendered by Fiona is fabulous. Thank you for assisting us in our gowns and suits selection! Although I made a request to change one of the gowns selected and spent close to 3 hours picking the last gown, I could see that Fiona still tried her best to introduce some other gowns for me to try on. And this was at No Extra Charges too. Thank you so much!       TWC Location  71 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088492Tel: +65 6227 6008 Related Wedding Posts:                                                  1) The Pre-Wedding Preparation          ...

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Pretty Fit x ELLE SG Style Workshop

Posted by on 11:12 pm in Blogger Event, Fashion | 0 comments

Pretty Fit x ELLE SG Style Workshop

Learnt fashion styles from PrettyFit & ELLE SG with Singapore bloggers Peggy Chang, Evonne and ELLE Fashion Editor at Cityhall! The event showcased some of PrettyFit’s Precious moments collections consisting of heels, wedges, flats, clutches, bags and sunglasses. The ELLE Mag fashion editor got some participants to try out some new styles from the Prettyfit collection and shared tips to match daily outfits and special occasions.  Both Peggy and Evonne tried out different styles recommended by the ELLE for their outfits too. PrettyFit also introduced some of their yet to release shoes designs which will be ready in stores in August 2014 – Refer to the rack on the left.  I tried on some of the designs that caught my eyes… Their footwear pricing ranges from $69.90 to $99.90. Note: There is a store discount of 20% for all original priced items. Blingy Pinkish Flats – for the casual date out   There’s also the black coloured version: Black Glittery Short Heels – suitable for friday and weekends  Pretty Gold and Silver Thick Ribbon Flats – For literally anyday!     I was and am still looking for suitable wedding heels for myself. There was one style which stood out from the rest of the collections for its unique design and blings. If you happen to have good recommendations for a nice looking blingy wedding high heels, please drop me a note. Appreciate it. 🙂  PrettyFit has this really all-so-adorable white pearly polka dots pink flats (that matched my polka dotted pink jeans)!  Oversized sunglasses are great for the upcoming beach trip…!  PrettyFit’s stuff are rather afforable. I just wished that they have more selections on bridal wear as I feel we are limited by the selections of such footwear in Singapore! Most of the heels out there are great for dates or special occasions but not that many are designed for once-in-a-lifetime big events like weddings. Nonetheless, the white heels are definitely in my consideration...

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Miam Miam French Japanese Cafe with a Twist

Posted by on 11:46 am in Cafes, Food & Drink, Restaurants | 0 comments

Miam Miam French Japanese Cafe with a Twist

I was craving for tantalizing pretty desserts and was attracted by the French-Japanese inspired dishes at Miam Miam – Westgate Jurong as it looked promising. It serves up flavours and ingredients of Japan prepared with French artisan cooking techniques. When I visited the restaurant at 6pm on a weekend, the queue had already formed and the restaurant was rather full. The wait time was about 15 minutes before I could get a seat.   There are no lack of choices at Miam Miam with home made spaghettis, French bisques and sandwiches, pancakes, soufflés, parfaits, rice and a selection of matcha drinks and coffee. Every food dish is made from scratch, therefore you will need to wait a little while from between 15 to 30 minutes for your food. The ambience and atmosphere at the Westgate outlet are just Plain Amazing. Love the choice of lightings and colourful selection of chairs and plush sofa corner seats that are comfy.  After SP arrived, we proceeded to make our orders! Seafood Tomato Cream Spaghetti – SGD$18.80 This dish comes with flavours of the sea – squids, green mussels, prawns, scallops and clams topped with garlic mayonnaise. The portion is good for 2 pax. Great for sharing! Initially, SP thought that I have ordered Seafood CURRY spaghetti as the sauce resembled those of the Indian curry. Taste wise, this dish is quite okay. Maybe because I am biased towards TCC’s seafood aglio olio? [See my previous post on Tcc – The Connoisseur Concerto] Riz Noir Black Rice – SGD$17.80 This has got to be one of the best Squid Ink Rice ever! It makes your teeth black when you’re eating it but it’s just so tasty that you’ll forget about how you look whilst digging into this dish.   Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé – $13.80 One of the best sellers in Miam Miam is the Valrhona Chocolate Souffle. Almost all tables were ordering this dessert and we just gotta try it!   Indulge in a true moment of ecstasy with heavenly decadent melted chocolate on top of your souffle!   Meetup with SP 🙂 Recommendation: 1. This restaurant has a policy which allows groups to enter only when all the guests have arrived. 2. Note that the desserts come 30 minutes after your main dishes are served. Therefore, you may want to request for a delay in the serving say 45 minutes.   Locations Miam Miam @ Westgate #01-21/22 Westgate 3 Gateway Drive Singapore 608532 Miam Miam @ Bugis Junction #02-14 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021 Phone – (65) 6837-0301 Monday – Friday 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Saturday – Sunday 11:30 am to 10:00...

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Pull your hand brakes!

Posted by on 11:06 pm in The Good Habits | 0 comments

Pull your hand brakes!

I rubbed my eyes and blinked twice, a little stunned by what I saw. The van was empty and it seemed to be ZERO cm away from another stationary vehicle. Taking a closer look, it then rained on me that the van driver did not engage his parking brake and this resulted in his van rolling off from its parking lot and colliding into the other vehicle in its way. In this case, I think the car just probably suffered minor dents on his car plate. I cannot imagine the consequences if this had not been a flat road. Be Considerate, Park safe.  So please remember to always engage your parking brake (also called hand brake, erroneously called emergency brake, or e-brake) whenever you park. Don’t take it for granted that your vehicle is on a flat road and it will remain in it’s position after you have parked. This parking brake is a latching brake which is usually used to keep the vehicle stationary so that it doesn’t just roll away all on its own and hit another person, vehicle, building. The last thing you want to see upon returning to your vehicle is that it is missing from its position and probably knocked into something or someone.    ...

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Peppery Hot – Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh

Posted by on 3:54 pm in Food & Drink, Restaurants | 0 comments

Peppery Hot – Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh

I have eaten numerous times at Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh (or Pork Ribs) Eating House. This has got to be a must try dish in our garden city island – Singapore. I’ve tried both the Rangoon main branch and the newer branch at Tanjong Katong area. The quality is consistent and the restaurants are equally packed during the peak eating hours.    The soup has a unique aroma and blend of herbs and pepper mixture. The soup combination is made of up of fresh pork ribs, garlic and a blend of Ng Ah Sio herbs which attracts both locals and tourists alike to their store. I would usually order either the lime juice drink or hot chinese tea to cool the spiciness in the soup due to the strong peppery blast. The soup and ingredients are usually boiled over a long period of time as you would be able to notice the garlic and pepper residue at the bottom of the bowl. This store to me is in my top 5 Bak Kut Teh restaurants in Singapore which is a must try. My other personal favourite is the one located at Clark Quey area – Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. What to order? Their menu has alot of dishes ready for order. I have listed my typical favourite orders from this store after having tried out most of their dishes. NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh Menu - Front Cover NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh - Menu 1. Signature Spare Ribs Soup I prefer this dish to the Signature Pork Ribs soup as the meat on the Spare ribs are more tender and can be easily peeled off from the bones.    2. Pig Tail Soup For the more adventurous eaters and for those who don’t mind trying fatty meat. Close up on the Pigs' Tail Soup I will usually get the frowns and OMG expressions from friends when I order this dish. It’s great tasting seriously! love it as it’s SOFT and the smelly pig tail smell has somewhat been gotten rid off for this soup. 3. Braised Pig Intestines  Note that this is the small intestines dish.  4. Blanched Pig Kidney The Kidney has a slight crunchiness bite as compared to the liver. Refer to the dish second from the right.  5. Side dishes – You Tiao & Preserved Vegetable The ‘You Tiao’ (or ‘You Char Kway’ in English) goes well with the soup. Dip it into the soup for a few seconds and savour it. Note: Soups are refillable Free-Of-Charge (FOC) at this store. Just call out to their service staff for a free refill. Store Preference Personally, I prefer eating at the Tanjong Katong branch as it is air-conditioned and spacious. Unless you don’t mind sweating it out, then go to the Rangoon branch. Parking is a problem at both branches as they are both located along the main roads where many other eateries are found too.   Store Merchandise If you’re interested in making your own Bak Kut Teh at home, Ng Ah Sio sells their ready made house blend packets too (See the boxes on the left). The pre-mix soup seasonings can be found at all Ng Ah Sio Bak Bak Kut Teh outlets at SGD$28 per box for 8 sachets. Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs...

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