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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Outfit of the Day - silver satin floral dress

People will stare. Make it worth their while.” - Harry Winston 

 Heading out to celebrate Baby's birthday. Yes, its a silver kind of night.

Silver satin body-hugging dress with plunging neckline and thin-spaghetti straps.

Dress: bought from Hong Kong
Necklace: Tiffany and Co
Earrings: Chomel

[Poem] Painting You

Tonight, I wish to paint you, 
Paint your face full and white; 
Leaving it colorless, like a corpse 
Paint you in the light I see you. 

And tonight, if I paint you,
It would be with piano music 
In the background, a glass of red, 
Breezes billowing through the drapes. 

I wish to splatter paint all over you, 
Red, blue, white, yellow, black; 
To bring the colours back to your life, 
To see your cheeks rosy again. 

Yet all I see is darkness, fading lights, 
Peeling paint off the walls, 
Your pale face monochromatic, 
And the colours start swirling...

Copyright © thearcticstar 2016

[Invited Tasting] CNY 2017 Yee Sang Istimewa and Daily High Tea @ The Peranakan (Revisit)

442 Orchard Road #02-01 Claymore Connect, Orchard Hotel, Singapore 238879
Tel: 6262 4428
Opening Hours:  11.00am to 10.00pm (daily)

Our first visit to The Peranakan Restaurant @ Orchard Hotel (review here) left a very good impression, therefore we were excited to return a second time. What's on the agenda this time round? Well, Yee Sang Istimewa for the upcoming Chinese New Year (yes, they are opened throughout the CNY holidays) as well as High Tea Set.

Before we delve into the tasting session, here's a peek at their Chinese New Year Menu 2017. If you are thinking of dining out during Chinese New Year,  bringing your family for a treat, or having something special like Straits cuisine, consider the interesting and quality food at The Peranakan. 

The Yee Sang Istimewa (aka Peranakan Yu Sheng) comes in different selection - Smoked Salmon (SGD$38.00 for small / SGD$68.00 for large), Abalone (SGD$88.00 for small / SGD128.00 for large) as well as Smoked Salmon & Abalone (SGD$118.00 for small / SGD$168.00 for large).

Yes, the decoration is elaborate and stunning, with roosters riding high on the vegetables dish. While the Yu Sang dish looks uncannily like our conventional Chinese Yee Sang, the Yee Sang Istimewa has the added goodness such as chilli padi, lemongrass etc spices for an added exotic flavor, and also the use of Keropok for extra crisps. Needless to mention, the taste was very good.

Moving on to another of their daily delights - The Peranakan High Tea set, available daily from 11.00am to 5.30pm. Each set is SGD$48.00 for 2 persons, consisting of about 14 items including either a pot of Malacca Tea, Coffee, Lemongrass Tea or Pandan Tea. Items include both sweet and savoury items - very value for money.

Savoury Items comprise:
  1. Mee Siam (vermicelli in a rich sour-spicy gravy with little pieces of dried tofu aka taupok)
  2. Kueh Pie Ti (crispy flour cups filled with stewed turnip and shrimps)
  3. Hae Bee Hiam on Toast (dried spicy shrimp paste) - delicious!
  4. Braised Pork Buns (aka "Kong Bak Paus") - tender and sweet pork meat.
  5. Ngoh Hiang (minced pork meat roll with chestnut), deep-fried. This was one of our favorites.
  6. Nasi Ulam Istimewa (rice with raw herbs, lemongrass, minced threadfin fish, salted threadfin fish, chopped long beans and toasted coconut) - we'd tried this the first time round and enjoyed it.

Sweet Items comprise (items may be subject to change):
  1. Pandan Gula Melaka Cake - we tried this the last time round and preferred the durian version
  2. Pulot Enti Kelapa (blue glutinous rice served with gula melaka and dried shredded coconut) - as good as ever
  3. Pulot Enti Durian - blue glutinous rice with durian) - rich and aromatic as per the first time we'd tried
  4. Kueh Kodoh (aka "goreng pisang") - deep-fried banana fritters. 
  5. Pineapple Tarts - enjoyed the buttery crust and generous fillings (so much, that I bought a tub home)
  6. Egg Rolls - thick and eggy fragrance was distinctive
  7. Durian Puree with Toast - creamy and robust.
  8. Tapioca Cake 
Overall, this was a very filling and fulfilling meal. Chef Raymond's even brought in special Chilean wine with rooster label specially to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Order a glass or bottle to go along with your meal. Chinese New Year Cookies are already available - pineapple tarts, peanut cookies, almond cookies, shrimp rolls, etc.

Thank you Chef Raymond and The Peranakan for the impeccable service, delicious meal and stunning settings once more; as well as appreciation for Hence for extending the invite.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Afternoon Tea at Oromo Coffee @ Shaw Tower

100 Beach Road #01-41B, Shaw Tower, Singapore 189702
Tel: 6299 5325

Looking for a quiet cafe for a mid-afternoon caffeine boost around Beach Road, and I stumbled upon Oromo Coffee at Shaw Tower.

The cafe appears spacious from the outside, with its full-glass windows and cushy couch seats by the window. The black sign board and menu board by the entrance were both eye-catching and inviting as well.

It was only when we went in, we realized that it was a kind of co-shared space with Subway. Either that, or Subway patrons from the borderless next door have all stationed themselves comfortably on tables and chairs at Oromo Coffee.

It struck me as weird, since Oromo Coffee has its own menu with items such as sandwiches, simple pasta dishes etc. They also have some cakes and desserts for those with sweet tooth. Coffee beans hail from over the world, according to their Facebook page.

Green Tea (SGD$4.90) was served in a glass teapot with simple white cup by the side. Two sugar gem cookies were served on the tiny saucer, in lieu of biscotti.

Cappuccino (SGD$4.50 for regular / SGD$5.50 for large) - foamy, bittersweet (rather bitter, in fact), smooth and creamy. This was also served with 2 of those colorful sugar gem cookies.

Overall, quiet place for afternoon hangout or work. The hot savoury meals and Blackforest Cake might make me want to return to try someday soon.

Outfit of the Day - black low-cut tight dress with gold buttons

"Women who wear black lead colorful lives." - Neiman Marcus

This was another dress that got to me instantly - see the plunging neckline and high slits? This tight-fitting dress comes with gold buttons and latch to look slightly formidable but classy all the same.

Dress: S Lady (SGD$189.00)
Bangle: Hermes
Watch: CYMA

[Poem] Where are the Fangs?

He caresses her gently, slowly, 
With his probing tongue, 
Inching in closer as he tastes 
Her soft skin so sweet. 

She feels his tongue on her earlobes, 
Lightly nibbling, his hands fondle 
Between her arms, sending sensations 
Indescribable, while she waits for the pain. 

He sniffs her hair, lingers at her neck, 
Slowly moving southwards 
To where she trembles badly 
Waiting for a palm or stab of the tongue. 

She smiles, watching his red lips work, 
Nervous for the agony of his bite, asks, 
"You're so gentle baby, where're the fangs?
" He chokes, chuckling, "I'm an actor, a mortal."

Copyright © thearcticstar 2016

Friday, 20 January 2017

Afternoon Tea at Suzette Cafe @ Esplanade

8 Raffles Avenue #01-13 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Tel: 9652 5092

A pretty and new cafe built on passion with a love for crafts, Suzette Cafe is the most recent addition to Esplanade Mall's dining scene. Sister company of Lola's Cafe (review here), this dessert cafe has one of the most pastries I have seen in a cafe.

The decor is minimalistic and monochromatic, with pretty little touches around the cafe. Service was friendly and polite, with the girls patiently explaining the various flavours and key ingredients to us nicely. Besides cakes, they also serve some savoury dishes, coffee, tea and beers.

We were attracted to the Earl Grey Banana Cake and Lychee Rosewater Cake (SGD$8.00 each), which we purchased.

We also saw many other tempting delicacies such as Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Salted Caramel Poporn Cake, and Cinnamon Cream Cheesecake etc.

Tarts are also available, such as Lemon Meringue Tart, Black Sesame Matcha, and Hazelnut Coffee Tart etc. Everything looked delicious.

The Lychee Rosewater Cake was fluffy with layer of mascarpone and lychee fruit pieces, delicately aromatic of rose's lovely notes. This is definitely a cake most ladies would love.

The Earl Grey Banana Cake was lightly coated with a chocolate sauce. Cake was softly-texturized and moist, redolent of earl grey's aroma and filled with bits of sweet banana.

I will definitely be back for more cakes.

Outfit of the Day - azure blue dress with flap at front

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." - Coco Chanel

I always allow myself to be swayed by beautiful clothes, including this azure blue, chiffon tube dress with front flap. Okay, it actually comes with detachable blue straps but I always find them too cumbersome to put on.

Dress: Bysi (SGD$69.90)
Necklace: Tiffany and Co
Bag: Christian Dior
Bangle: Hermes

[Poem] After Your Skirt

She caught his eyes across the room, 
Like the blink of a diamond; 
With a subtle smile and glass of wine, 
She lured him out into the gardens. 

In her mind were romantic scenes, 
Storybook courtships not unlike Shakespeare's, 
She stood at the verandah 
And there he was, immaculate. 

Her mane of curls teased in the night winds, 
Her graceful limbs moved like a dance; 
"Are you after my heart?" She smiled. 
His finger on her lips, "No, just your skirt."

Copyright © thearcticstar 2016

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Outfit of the Day - violet toga mid-calved cocktail dress

"Fashion is instant language!" - Miuccia Prada

Here's me at a charity ball in a body-hugging dark purple, toga, mid-calved dress with subtle glitters. I paired it with satin purple long gloves and a row of white pearls.

Dress: Fraiche (SGD$129.00)
Gloves: Unknown
Pearls: Chomel
Bag: Christian Dior
Shoes: Aldo