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Monday, 12 November 2018

Buffet Dinner at Cafe Mosaic @ Carlton Hotel



76 Bras Basah Road, Level 1, Carlton Hotel, Singapore 189558

Tel: 6311 8195
Price: SGD$99.00 per adult for weekend dinner



The last time I visited Cafe Mosaic at Carlton City Hotel was a few years back, when they started the Valentine's Buffet for Couples (review here) - back then, buffet dining for Valentine's Day was not popular but the restaurant gave us a good experience.



Anyway, fate led us here, as this was the third restaurant we went that night, that we were finally able to eat at (the first one closed down without any web updates at all, and the second one served a la carte now when they used to specialise in buffets). So here we were, enjoying the friendly, personable service of the crew staff and explored the buffet stations for delicacies to fill our ravenous bellies.





I staked out the Seafood counter first, as always, and helped myself to Prawns, Baby Lobsters, Mussels and lots of Live Oysters. The fresh oysters were displayed on a blue bed of ice, we would pick out a few and pass them to the chefs to de-shell. I loved the oysters immensely.





The Japanese counter had my favorite Salmon Sashimi, Squid Sashimi and lovely array of Sushi as well.  I like Japanese counters where chefs cut and make the food on the spot; they have it here.



They also have a rather comprehensive variety of Roast items, Cooked food, Tom Yum Seafood Noodles live station, as well as the Local Delicacy counter where I could not resist getting myself a plate of Fried Carrot Cake (aka "chye tao kuey". The latter was pretty good, to our surprise.






Finally, I attacked the Desserts station for selection of mini Cheesecake slices, Chocolate cake slices, and Cheese. Loved the Raspberry Cheese especially.

Overall, we enjoyed ourselves very much in the spacious Cafe Mosaic, coupled with a good feast on palatable favourites.






Saturday, 10 November 2018

Vacation on a Cruise Ship - Genting Dream Cruise to Port Klang



Cruise trips are addictive, I tell you, just like resorts. It's like, moving an entire block of hotel, or entertainment city, out to sea and enjoying oneself in the middle of nowhere.  Anyway, I enjoyed my Genting Star Cruise holiday last year very much (review here), therefore decided to get onboard a ship again, this time with the Mom - trying out the new Genting Dream.





It is a significantly bigger cruise compared with Star Cruise. The Genting Dream has 20 decks, many restaurants, and a larger variety of activities to be enjoyed.  Boarding and dis-embarking took longer though, due to the number of passengers, but the service was still excellent in every aspect.









For food, one could enjoy meals at inclusive restaurants such as Dream Dining Room (lower) for semi-buffet, Dream Dining Room (upper) for Chinese set meals, Function 8 for International buffet, or The Lido for International Buffet.  Take note that you would be entitled to enjoy only one meal per time slot (i.e. Breakfast slot, Lunch slot, Dinner slot); there would be additional charges for dining at more than one restaurant during the same meal slot. Some restaurants such as The Lido offers morning tea and afternoon tea in between meals, and those are inclusive.

If you would like finer dining choices, there are many other restaurants such as Silk Road Chinese Restaurant (Chinese fine dining), BreadBox (freshly-baked pastries), Lobby Cafe (Malacca Straits fare), Blue Lagoon (24/7 hawker food), Seafood Grill & Prime Steakhouse, Umi Uma (Japanese & teppanyaki), Hot Pot (outdoor), Gelateria and Crystal Life Cuisine (healthy eating).







Fancy a drink or feeling like hitting the dance floor? Bars are aplenty on the Genting Dream, such as Bar 360 (with circular stage for live performances), Red Lion (beer and light snacks), Sun Deck Bar, Zouk, Palm Court or best of all, hit Bar City. The latter comprises of Johnny Walker House, Bubbles for champagne, MIXT for cocktails, Humidor for cigars, and Penfolds Wine Vault. Wake up happy every morning! Karaoke rooms are available for booking as well, if you enjoy singing.





Besides F&B aspects, the shopaholics might be happy to explore the aisles of The Dream Store and The Dream Boutiques, where branded perfume, cosmetics, watches, jewelry are on display, and retailing at attractively-discounted rates.




Beauty and fitness lovers may look forward to spa or grooming sessions at Crystal Life Spa, Crystal Life Fitness, Le Salon and The Gentleman's Barber. Other fitness spots include Swimming Pools, SportsPlex, Waterslide Park, bowling, mini-golf, ping-pong and giant chess. At designated time slots, there are fitness classes, by-the-pool Zumba, laughter Yoga,  sunset Tai-chi lessons etc; some are complimentary while others could be enjoyed at a small fee.





Other activities may include live performances at Zodiac Theater (we managed to catch "China's Got Talent" and "Rhythm Divine Latino Ballroom Dance" - these are complimentary but bookings are required at Box Office prior to the shows. Game shows and outdoor movie screenings ("Cinema at Sea") are other entertainment avenues that are also suitable for the entire family to enjoy.  Those who crave a little more excitement or late night fun can visit the Casino, to try your hands at some winnings.

Finally, if your cruise trip coincides with upcoming festivals, there are also themed activities to add to the fun. For instance, ours comprised of Trick or Treat, Halloween face painting, Halloween face painting and Halloween Spookfest Night Party.





To end it off, you might want to know what to do when the cruise ship docks at Port Klang for 8 hours. There are guided tours organised by the Cruise crew to bring you to explore nearby places such as Kuala Lumpur, Klang town, Sunway Lagoon, etc. Alternatively, you can also cross to Boustead Ferry Terminal to hire your own taxi to bring you to nearby places of attractions. Those not wishing to leave the cruise ship can choose to stay onboard to enjoy the various activities in-store for all guests.

Overall experience onboard Genting Dream Cruise was very good - 3 days 2 nights was too short, in fact. I could use an extra night or two for sure :)



















Friday, 9 November 2018

Lunch at Enchanted Cafe @ Rangoon Road


88 Rangoon Road #01-04 Singapore 018374
Tel: 8813 1086
Opening Hours: 8.00am - 6.00pm (closed on Mondays)





Enchanted Cafe sports a magical, fantasy theme that easily makes one think of wizards and fairies. I was too late for their signature Enchanted Elixir drink - the one that emits a trail of "smoke". They revamped the menu recently, and most of the items are healthy toasts, acai bowls, pastries and drinks. Their drinks all come with fantastical, lovely names.



We started with Bonito Flakes and Salmon Toast (SGD$12.00) - crispy sourdough toast topped with Norwegian smoked salmon, dried tuna flakes, homemade garlic spread and Japanese mayonnaise, with spinach leaves salad by the side. This seemingly simple combination made for a very tasty, umami meal.




The Creamy Carbonara (SGD$15.00) was served in a large, deep plate, drenched in broth. This pasta dish comprised linguine, thyme herb, premium pork sausage slices, and Swiss brown mushrooms, grounding the creaminess with earthly notes.



We also tried The Enchanted Breakfast (SGD$24.00), huge serving suitable for 2 to share - premium pork sausages, baked corn, fresh cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, baked pumpkin, scrambled eggs, Swiss brown mushrooms and sourdough toasts. This healthy and generous load of ingredients made for a fulfilling brunch or lunch, giving us a good variety.



For dessert, we shared an Acai Bowl (SGD$12.00) under the "Build Your Own" section. It was gorgeous and colourful, served in coconut husk bowl atop a log board. For the fillings and fruits, we chose chopped hazelnuts, muesli with dried fruits and seeds, as well as goji berries and blueberries.



Moving on to drinks, the Iced Latte (SGD5.90) was aromatic and my friend enjoyed it.



I opted for the pot of tea named The Enchantress Potion (SGD$7.90) - rosebuds tea with lingering fragrance of sweet melon.

Overall dining experience at Enchanted Cafe was very pleasant, basking in the beautiful settings and indulging sinlessly in their healthy yet tasty food items. I only wish they were still open for dinner like in the past, and also that they would still do the Enchanted Elixir.





Thursday, 8 November 2018

Review on Happy Lift Threadlift Procedure @ EHA Clinic [Sponsored]



1 Scotts Road #15-01 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Tel: 6235 3325




Happy me got to try Happy Lift by the experienced Dr. Elias Tam of EHA Clinic, Orchard. Dr. Elias Tam has decades of experience with dermatology and hair-care, aids with beauty medical research, trains doctors on newest beauty technology, gives interviews on radios and is on the panel of judges for Miss Singapore Universe pageants. I am honoured to be working with him on my skincare needs.

Now, back to the topic at hand. What is Happy Lift exactly, and what does it do for us beauty-loving females (and males, too)?




Let's see. In the past, whenever we hoped to achieve a sharper chin, sharper nose or to simply look younger with firm-looking skin, we would immediately think of surgical facelift. These days, Threadlifts have been the up and coming trends, offering natural and subtle-looking lifting results which are minimally invasive, and without the downtime of a facial surgery.




There are many types of Threadlifts out there, and Happy Lift is a breakthrough beauty technology using special, absorbable threads made of Poly-Lactic-Caprolactone. It is able to rejuvenate the skin without altering any facial features, and does not leave any scars. One session of this can last 1 - 2 years, depending on each individual's unique skin type.




What are the areas that Happy Lift is suitable for?

  • Eyebrows
  • Cheeks
  • Jaws
  • Chin
  • Temple
  • Neck
  • Forehead
  • Post-traumatic or congenital paresis of facial nerves

I chose to try this treatment for my jaws area, in the hope of attaining a sharp-V jawline. The entire procedure took only about 1 hour, including numbing cream's waiting time.





How does Happy Lift work?

1. Step One: Pre-Treatment
Advised to limit / avoid caffeine and nicotine products, as well as fruits / supplement rich in anti-oxidants to prevent bruising.

2. Anaesthetics
This treatment requires local anaesthetics to lessen the pain, therefore anaesthetics is usually administered 15 - 30 minutes before the procedure, depending on each individual's pain tolerance level.

3. Marking Out of Areas to be Sutured
Areas close to the hairline will be marked as the entry and exit points for the threads.




4.  Implantation of Threads Into Skin
The injection of the threads take place, inserted into the sub-dermis layer of the skin though pin-pricked sized punctures. I felt a slight piercing sensation as the threads entered, and Dr. Elias gently threaded it along my jawline. I understand from the nurses here that different patients have different reactions - some found it to be painful, whereas others thought the agony to be subtle. I did not even furrow my brows though-out the session.

Dr. Elias expertly explained each step as we went along, and chatted with me so that I felt comfortable and assured of the safety of this procedure. There might be a little bleeding but nothing to be alarmed about.




5. Cutting of Whiskers
The threads have safely threaded through my face, and I understand that the barbs along these threads provide new support scaffolding for the surrounding soft facial tissues, lifting them and holding them firmly in place.

Dr. Elias set to cutting the threads that protruded from my cheeks, making me look like I had whiskers. Cute, but I could not move those whiskers.




6. Post-Procedure
The local anaesthetics slowly wear off, so slight swelling and aching were experienced. There was no scarring as promised, but very tiny lumps where the entry and exit points were (those disappeared within days).  I was advised not to go for any facial massage for the next 8 weeks (around 2 months).

Over time, the sutures are slowly absorbed into the body over the next 8 -12 months, stimulating collagen growth so that not only chin is sharper, but skin would appear smoother as well.




Overall, I enjoyed this session of Happy Lift, and am thankful to be able to try it out, under the care and expertise of Dr. Elias and team at EHA Clinic. It is my very first thread lift, and I actually look forward to enhancing more of my features with this safe and effective treatment.  Thank you Dr. Elias Tam and EHA Clinic for Happy Lift = happy me!