Food Reviews – Dim Sum @ Old Hong Kong Essence Novena Oasia Hotel

As promised, here are the reviews on my recent dim sum expedition! Let the pictures do the talking shall we? But first, make sure you prepare a box of tissues for the high possibility of salivation! 😉
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Some apple soup which tasted really sweet!
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I really liked this soup! It’s snow pear soup!
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This was a wrong order actually, a mistake made by the staff not us. This soup tasted alright and the meat you see are fish meat. But having to drink so much soup even before we touched the dim sum dishes made us really really full and bloated!
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Ha kao?
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Not mouth-watering enough?

Wait till you see…..

THIS

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Honestly, I’m not a fan of custard buns though I know many are, but seriously, this won me over compared to the ones I’ve tried at KungFu Paradise. It’s really tasty and tasted similar to salted duck eggs texture!
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Assorted mushroom. Was expecting a bigger pot than this.
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Fried carrot cakes were so so. Only 2 pcs per order compared to the usual 4 pcs, but didn’t matter since we were already stuffed by then!
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Braised duck was alright.
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Personally, I’m not a fan of meat cooked this way. It makes me feel as if they were frozen which I think they were, and just steamed it altogether without separating them apart. Like by just dumping them into the steamer, no?

The Chee Cheong Fun was kinda tasteless as well and the sauce was quite oily, that I felt as if I was dipping into a bowl of oilinstead of seasoning. I prefer the traditional ones with sweet sauce and sesame seeds or those filled with prawns or cha siew 🙂

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Not sure what the hell was that black thing, but it looks like some charred thing…ugh!
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Siew Mai with cooked roe. I prefer those bright orangey fish roe that burst into liquid when bitten!
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The desserts were kinda pathetic but the waitress was really thoughtful enough to deliberately serve me the heart shaped one, which I thought was quite meticulous of her and I appreciate it as well. Such small gestures do speak volume – at least their waitress are not serving blindly without utilizing their brain and serving for the sake of serving right?

Bf and I were satisfied overall and we were really stuffed halfway through the meals. We paid about $28 per pax so I think it was quite alright. But buffets are not my kind of thing because I’m a small eater.

The restaurant was quite crowded when we arrived at 12 noon and continued to be, and we have seen that some of the customers had to wait quite a long time before they were offered a place. They had to many several trips back to the restaurant to check.

So my advice is to reserve a place before heading there. They were also kind enough to allow a change of timing, because bf and I couldn’t wake up in time, considering the fact of the location from our house!

One bad thing is that, the place is quite small for a restaurant and its location was quite difficult to find. You would have to seek help from the Hotel’s Concierge before you can actually find the place. It’s not located directly under the Oasia Hotel but the building beside it. I guess both buildings are linked. But nevertheless, thumbs up to the staff at the Concierge who took the trouble to walk out and show us the way to the building to take the lift. Awesome customer service there! 🙂
Old Hong Kong Essence
8 Sinaran Drive,
#02-05
Oasia Hotel @ Novena,Singapore

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Compact Powder vs Liquid Foundation

There are too many terminologies to remember for foundation and powders and many ladies, like myself, often get ourselves confused.

Let me clear the air once and for all.

Foundations are meant for coverage purposes and this includes BB Cream and Liquid foundations.

Compact/pressed powders are meant for light coverage or touch up purposes.

Another term which we might have come across would be a 2-way cake foundation. This can be used on damp face or applying with a damped sponge.

For me, I have been using compact powders ever since I’d started on make up, but there was once which I had tried using liquid foundation and thus, would like to share my experience with you.

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If I recall correctly, my first and LAST liquid foundation was from Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation. It’s not that this product is lousy or anything, but I would like to indulge on the fact that I would prefer compact powders over liquid foundation any time, anywhere.

I had used Maybelline’s compact powder and have since switched over to Chanel’s compact powder after I was given a generous amount of sample kits by a friend who works at Chanel 🙂
For the comparison between these 2 brands, you may wish to read it here 🙂

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Reasons why I prefer compact powders over liquid foundation :

1. As mentioned, although liquid foundation provides a better and greater coverage, as I do not require such heavy make up, light coverage powders work well for me. I do not have any serious blemishes or scars to cover up so compact powders are fine. But let’s say if I do have an annoying pimple that pops up over the night, I would use a concealer to gently pat over them and try to conceal them as much as possible, after which, I would gentle pat my compact powder over so that it does not seem all too obvious. I’m using the Loreal True Match Concealer 🙂

2. The main reason for choosing compact powders is because lesser hassles are involved. Although I’d prefer using my fingers over sponges so that I can have a better control of application, it is actually too messy. Your fingers get dirty and if you have long nails like mine, the liquid foundation gets stuck inside your nails and you would have a hard time digging and washing them off. Using a sponge is so much easier. But for concealers, I do dab on the targetted spot using the tip of the fingernails. I guess that would be difficult when applying liquid foundations.

3. I cringe at ladies who apply heavy make up. Remember, make ups are meant to enhance your features and as for foundations, they are not meant to look as if you had just whitewashed your face (wrong shade) or painted your face. One trick to find out if the shade if right for you, is to snap a picture with flash of your whole body. Compare the shades of your body and face. If you happen to see a paler shade on your face, then you’ve got it all wrong. I’ve seen many ladies with this problem and it’s just not flattering at all. Too much of anything is just wrong. Guys, as I know, do not like girls who apply such heavy make up and some of them (including ladies) have jokingly said that if girls with thick make up on gets slapped, their foundation would crack into pieces and just fall off to the ground. I know, it sounds kinda uncouth and insulting, but they do have a point there. Furthermore, do you wish to kiss a cheek filled with lots of foundation and make up? I don’t think so.

4. Setting the right base on your face before applying liquid foundation can be troublesome as well. Personally, I don’t use a primer but I do moisturise my face before applying the compact powder. I would leave the moisturiser on for about 5 mins before I apply the powder to preventing it from caking and layering, which is a very ugly sight I tell you. As primers/moisturisers are liquid base, applying another liquid over it can be tricky. You might have to wait longer for the primers/moisturisers to set before you can start applying the liquid foundation. Not a good idea if you are in a rush, especially when you are rushing for work in the morning.  And once it cakes, it would be very difficult to set it right again and you would most probably have to remove it and apply everything all over again.

5. You need not touch up with another cosmetics if you are using compact powder. You can just touch it up on the go and that’s one thing less to carry in your make up pouch. If you are using liquid foundation, you would need to set it after it dries for a matte finishing. Extra step, extra costs, extra chemicals on your face, extra difficult to remove it thoroughly.

6. As you may have noticed, the Chanel powder comes with a brush, which I have not used before. I’ve not experiment using brush for foundation application though and still prefers using sponge. But for liquid foundation, you can’t use a brush although you may want to consider using a sponge but most ladies, use their fingers to apply.

7. Since liquid foundation is more difficult to remove, you may have to remove them twice in total. If it’s not removed thoroughly and properly, expect to see those unfriendly zits popping out the next few days. I do not believe when foundations/powders are claimed that they do not clog the pores, especially when you have open pores, it’s easier to enter and clog them. The only method is to ensure you do remove your make up and remove them thoroughly and then cleanse your face after that as well.

8. The only hassle which both liquid foundations and compact powders face together is the touching up, especially if you have combination skin like mine with oily T-zone. You can try getting those suitable for combination skin, but I’m sure more or less, there bound to be secretion of oil at the T-zone and constant touching up is a must. This is especially so when you are out of an air-conditioned room, or even when you are in it!

So ladies, I hope you find these information useful when deciding between liquid foundations and compact powders. If you do not require heavy coverage, I would encourage you to go for compact powder instead. Please do not use loose powder for coverage as they are meant to touch up and set the liquid foundations to a matter finishing.

Thanks for reading babes! 🙂

xoxo,
Jean

Sponsored Beauty Reviews – Leaders InSolution Eye Hydrogen Therapy Patch

My dark circles are horrid! I’m still in the midst of searching for that one and only HOLY GRAIL! But more HGs are welcomed too!

Tried out the eye mask from Leaders InSolution sponsored by Cossy Pte Ltd and loving the cooling effect it offers to my tired looking eyes. My suggestion is that you can either chill your masks (including facial masks) or you can just mask in an air-conditioned room (although this might dry out the moisture and essence very fast?). Nothing beats the relaxing cooling effect that masks offers on your skin after a loooonngggggg day at work/school! Work hard yes, but we should also pamper ourselves to balance out the stress! Don’t be guilt-stricken because you deserve it and you are only human! Even robots breakdown, no? 🙂

These eye masks from Leaders InSolution are packed similar to those you see in eye masks which are highly raved in 女人我最大. 

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Honestly, did not see any immediate effects after using them but I shall diagnose the possible reasons myself :

1. I did not close and rest my eyes while masking. Yes, I was occupied with the computer and was having my dinner at the same time while the masks were on. I know, I should feel guilty, because the instructions say to rest your eyes while masking and I didn’t.

2. Maybe eye masks/creams are not miracle solutions and they have to be constantly maintained with masks/cream for gradual improvements to occur.

3. Maybe my dark circles are beyond hope 😦

However, the good thing is that, you need not damp your eye areas before you smack on those eye masks. These gel-like masks stick on perfectly without slipping off! Yes, not even when I am sitting up right savouring my food away… Would be a disaster if they slipped off and dropped into my dinner right?! UGH!

So overall rating :

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Food Reviews – Tiong Shian Porridge Centre 長城粥品 (New Bridge Rd)

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Bf and I, together with 2 of our friends, settled down at Tiong Shian Porridge Centre. I remember visiting this place when I was much younger for porridge, which I’m not really a fan of, but my parents are.

This place sells frog porridge too which I’m not quite a fan too because I’ve visited factories where I’ve personally witnessed the deskinning process of frogs. So everytime I hear ‘frog leg porridge’, that gruesome image flashes in my mind.

But, I’ve learnt to eat frog leg porridge recently because bf likes it. Well, more of accommodating I think, haha!

He knows I dislike porridge so he ordered two claypots of fish head (?!) noodles and a pot of frog leg. They have two flavours – Ginger and Spicy – which I loathe both! Settled for spicy eventually. =/

The fish head noodles were really tasty BUT NOT the fish head itself. There were lots of bones (when asked, bf says there’s only fish head stated in the menu?!) and there were several disgusting googy jelly like body parts of the fish as well. Totally spoilt our appetites. Feel nauseous whenever I recall. 😦

Frog legs had lots of bones as well. Not much meat.

Total damage for the food alone (2 claypots of fish head noodles and 1 claypot of spicy frog leg) cost us $27+!
Quite expensive IMO, considering the fact, there were so many bones and little meat and the icky gooooggyyyy stuffs! Solid mucus I shall call it! UGH!

Apologies for the bad lighting and pictures because it was already at night and the place was kinda dim.

On a side note, I need to invest in a better camera – DSLR/SLR. 😀

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Vanity Trove for September!

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I’m loving Vanity Trove more and more! What I dig in this September’s issue : Rimmel London eyeshadow, Princess Pinki (Interesting!), Leaders InSolution eye mask (though I have tonnes which I’ve not tried it out yet) and Essie’s nail polish (Came just in time when I wanted to try out other nail polishes besides China Glaze and OPI!) 😀 ❤
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Leaders InSolution Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch
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Oilum Body cleanser and Revitalizing Lotion (20ml each)
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Montagne Jennesse Masque Deep Cleansing Masque
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Princess Pinki Magic Pink Cream
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Rimmel London Eyeshadow! So pretty! And how apt, just when I was looking for eyeshadows… 😀
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YAY! I can finally tryout Essie nail polish without spending a bomb! I know it’s sold for $10++ at retail stores… 😀
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Goodskin labs Smooth 365 – Intensive Clarity + Smoothing Peptide Serum
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Shu Uemura’s White Recovery EX Brightening Cleansing Oil
And along with some other vouchers… There was also a leaflet on Sally Hansen’s nail course workshop! Feel like going but have to pay $38 for that but a $100 worth of goodie bag provided! 😀

Happy that most of the items in Sept’s edition are awesome! Except for the fact that they have now included those confetti thing in the box which I think is not only to beautify its appearance, but as well as to ‘fill up’ the emptiness of the box, making it seem ‘fuller’ and ‘complete’..No? =/

Beauty Reviews – Maybelline Lipstick Color Sensational Peachy Scene

I’m not a fan of lipsticks and because of the hassle to reapply again and again after eating/drinking, I seldom use them. But decided to get one just for the fun of it and because my lips are usually rather pale looking, I think painting some colours would do me good.Thus, randomly gotten one from Maybelline while I was patronising Guardian. I usually get stuffs from Watsons but I couldn’t find a store the other day so just randomly hopped into Guardian as I wanted to get the Nivea body lotions.

Since I’m not obsessed over lipsticks and reckon that I wouldn’t be a frequent user, price factor is a great consideration. Wanted to get 1 from Revlon that has both lipbalm and lipstick functions but the colour of the Maybelline one won me over. I tried out a few lipsticks on my hand before deciding to get this Maybelline one.

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There weren’t so many varieties to choose from when I was deciding my take.
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Yes it’s my cup of uncle looking kopi behind. The bf and I are such coffee addicts that we still enjoy our coffee even on weekends! Be it brewed or instant packets! 😀
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And because I’ve not gotten myself a SLR/DSLR and didn’t have my digi cam with me, here’s a clearer picture of the lipstick I bought, taken with flash to showcase the slight shimmer.Credits to indianvanitycase.com

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Red lips, though highly sexy and seductive, are definitely not my cuppa tea. I prefer sweet pinkish ones to match my sweet pink blusher. Perhaps when I’ve decided that I’ve blossomed into a fine mature lady (i.e. older la), then I’ll set my lips to hot striking red. But for now I’ll stick to sweet pinkish shades. Wanted to get a nude colour from Revlon but decided that it would most prolly make me look paler? LOLThough this Maybelline one doesn’t have lipbalm functions, it’ actually quite alright I guess. One of the reason why I don’t usually put lipsticks is because I feel they ‘suck out’ moisture from your lips, leaving it dry and flaky. As it is, I do have cold sore problems, tracing back to my sec sch days (unknown cause), and hence, I would usually smack on lipbalms only.

But before applying lipstick, this Maybelline color sensational allows me to apply it over my lipbalm so that I get to retain the moisture as well. I’m using lipbalms from Maybelline as well. HAHA.

Apart from that, a minus point of this lipstick is that its appearance doesn’t seem as slick and classy compared to others. Its transparent plastic cap causes it to look like some cheapo lipstick. I think the price is reasonable, got it at Guardian for $17.90.

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Love Reading?

If you’re a fan of reading and would like to save the hassle and $ of purchasing books, bringing them wherever you go, try reading them as ebooks/pdf formats!

Recently, I have been trying to cultivate the habit of reading, to improve my English standard as well as to widen my knowledge and improve my vocab! Of course, many would advise you to try throwing yourself into the habit of classics. But as you might already know, it’s just kinda boring for average people like you and me. Although I’ve read Literature almost all my life in my educational years (Secondary + JC days), reading another classic just doesn’t flood me with positive memories. Didn’t enjoy reading classics back then and might not now as well, I guess it all depends but I’m willing to give them a shot, again.

The gist of this post is actually to introduce to you guys this rather awesome website for free downloads of ebooks. To me, it doesn’t matter whether they have the ‘ebook format’ meaning which you can flip through the pages horizontally, I’m equally fine with pdf formats as well, as long as I get to read them.

The website is http://www.obooko.com ! You can find many awesome stories with myriads of categories, satisfying your interests 🙂

And if you are interested to find out what exciting books others are reading, you can register with Goodreads and connect with your friends or the public, read reviews and be recommended to awesome books! It’s more like a social media for avid readers 🙂

Currently on my next book : After Life by Simon Funk

Hope it’s a good read. 😀

Enjoy reading and have a great weekend ahead! ❤