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Saturday 30 December 2017

Outfit of the Day - red bandage dress with mesh sleeves

"All my life I've pursued the perfect red." - Diana Vreeland

Red for bank holiday. Loving this red bandage dress with mesh sleeves and skirt layers.

Dress: Mademoiselle (SGD$300.00)
Watch: Rado

Friday 29 December 2017

[Poem] Remember Us

Can I purport to understand you, to understand the core beyond the fanciful coat you don? Beyond the dark eyes calm as seas, digging right into where your heart pulsates.

A piece of my own heart must have been left with you, as I become more and more heartless.

Each page I turn, to move on from you and your memories, I am reminded of you once again. Like the silhouette I can never hide from. But do you realize that shadows only appear where there is light?

Maybe I should stay in the darkness then. Because each time I see you, it aches. I just want to reach out and touch you, to comfort you, to care for you and tuck you in my love.

Love warm as the tears falling now, rolling into the warm waves of seas. Yes, I desire to shower upon you my tender loving care.

But you are probably whispering into another's ears now, without a single sliver of thought about me. Do you still remember us?

Copyright © WinePoetess 2017

Tuesday 26 December 2017

Outfit of the Day - black jumpsuit with camisole top

“I wanted to give a woman comfortable clothes that would flow with her body. 
A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.” ― Coco Chanel

Black jumpsuit with long pants that is suitable for work and hanging out.

Romper: MDS (SGD$80.00)
Bracelet: Tiffany & Co
Watch: Rado

Thursday 21 December 2017

Dinner at AURA Italian Restaurant @ National Gallery [Revisit]

1 Saint Andrew's Road #05-03 National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Tel: 6866 1977
Website:  http://www.aura.sg

These days, I have been too exhausted to search for new restaurants try for each and every friends' gathering, so I decided to bring my dear girls to one of my favourite Italian restaurants, located at National Gallery - AURA Italian Restaurant, for our pre-Christmas gathering.  You may wish to check out my recent review here, for more items were tried during the last session (more headcount).

The settings were stunning in red and wood tones as usual; reflected by sharply clear mirrors and a large glass panel overlooking the outdoors. Service was attentive and polite; food was served pretty fast after we placed orders as well.

Focaccia Bread with Olive Dip was served for our starter - crunchy and chewy in texture, could be considered a little hard, but definitely fun to chew on; delicious too, dipped in their virgin olive oil.

We were also served some Truffle Mushroom Chips that were very palatable and appetite-whiting.

I started with a glass of Pinot Grigio while waiting for our food to be served.

Chilean Sea Bass (SGD$48.00) - springy and butter smooth in texture, was served with spicy broccoletti and lemon potatoes.

The Italian Sea Bass had a firmer texture to its flesh; flakey, but deliciously basked in saffron sauce; white and green asparagus were served on the side, adding touches of crunch.

My Sea Urchin Pasta (SGD$52.00) was not listed on the menu as it was considered a "Chef's Specials".  Creamy, melty sea urchin melted lusciously upon the palate like a dream; while the al-dente spaghetti was cooked in sea urchin sauce for that decadent taste; definitely my personal favourite each time I am here.

Finally, Kalingo Chocolate and Earl Grey Dome with Raspberry Cream (SGD$18.00) - a gorgeous dessert whose name was self-explanatory. Cut open the glossy chocolate sphere for velvety spoonfuls of chocolate mousse cake infused with aroma of Earl Grey.

The happy meal was over far too soon, but we did enjoy the dinner here very much. Three of us spent a total of SGD$218.00 in total, every penny worthwhile for a sumptuous meal here in this beautiful Italian restaurant.  We look forward to visiting their Sky Lounge sometime soon.

Dinner at Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-cafe @ Rendezvous Hotel [New Items Tried]

9 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, Singapore 189559
Tel: 6335 8675

After many visits and revisits, I still love this place, especially at Christmastime, where the decor stepped up to reflect Yuletide's beauty with poinsettias and Christmas trees.  Here is a review on Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe @ Rendezvous Hotel, before we move on to the new items tried by us, during this Christmas gathering between friends.  I love this place for the beautiful settings, and quality German food at very wallet-friendly prices, and no, this is not a paid review nor invited tasting.

The Roasted Pumpkin Soup (SGD$8.80) was served with their signature crispy and tasty garlic bread. The creamy soup was sweet and pleasing to the palate, a festive delight best for cool days.

Next, Grandma's Chicken Stew (SGD$16.80) - tender, moistened half-spring chicken served with root vegetables, bathing in a scrumptious homemade broth. The mashed potato and carrots were soft and made delicious by the flavourful sauce as well.

Then we tried the Wild Mushroom Squid Ink Risotto (SGD$16.80) - chewy risotto served with bonito flakes and salted egg yolk flakes - this briny delicacy was so rich with ingredients, we could hardly detect the rich grains.

Finally, Signature Black Forest Cake (SGD$14.00), served with a pot of tea (Peppermint, for me).  Fluffy chocolate sponge cake layered with cream and Kirsch-soaked cherries, keeping the heart beating with excitement, keeping pace with every bite. The taste is old-school bakery-style Black Forest cake and European authentic touch, a heavenly combination.  I ordered a slice and the girls each ordered a slice too - its allure was that powerful.

I had to have a glass of Red Wine of course, as customary for festive gatherings.

Overall, we enjoyed the ambience and quality, palatable food and desserts here.

Dinner at The Pelican Seafood Bar and Grill @ One Fullerton

1 Fullerton Road #01-01 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Tel: 6438 0400

I visited The Pelican Seafood Bar and Grill some years back and enjoyed the food as well as alfresco views, offering unbridled admiration of Marina Bay Sands and its evening laser shows.

Therefore, I decided to revisit for dinner with The Beau. We were served by manager Vik whose service was thoughtful and impeccable. The rest of the crew was also polite and attentive, enhancing our dining experience tremendously.

Interior decor was cosy and pretty; but we opted for the great outdoors dining by the river and enjoying people watching. Menu items were pretty limited with a focal on seafood and grilled items.

We started with 2 glasses of Red Wine followed by Kronenberg 1664 Beers. They were having one-for-one Happy Hours promotion till 9.00pm.

The Classic Lobster Bisque (SGD$22.00) had a deep, strong aroma of lobster and the soup had a good, smooth texture to it. Included in the savory-sweet soup were small pieces of orange that added touches of zest to it; very refreshing.

For mains, he went for the Ribeye Steak (SGD$58.00), served with crispy thick-cut fries and salad on the side. At 280grams, the steak fillet was huge, but each cut was easy on the blade; extremely tender (despite being medium well) and delectable with smokey hints to it.

Finally, my Lobster Burger (SGD$58.00), a delightful item with the crispiest burger buns ever. Clasped between were candied bacon amd cheese-coated lobster, the latter succulent and springy. Combine all these into one giant bite, and be happily overwhelmed by great taste and textures. Sides of thick cut fries and salad were served.

Overall dining experience here at The Pelican Seafood Bar and Grill was nothing short of fantastic, created by good food, excellent service and stunning views.

Wednesday 20 December 2017

Dinner at Five Marbles Craft Beer Restaurant @ Rendezvous Hotel [Rsvisit]

9 Bras Basah Road #01-05 Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 189559
Tel: 9692 0678

Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/fivemarbles

This was my third time visiting Five Marbles (past review here), having enjoyed their interesting craft beers and food items. Service was good and attentive; beer samples were readily available. Their beers on taps change frequently so patrons can look forward to new flavours each time.

Photo Source: https://www.facebook.com/fivemarbles

I was disappointed that my favorite Grapefruit XPA was not being served, but tonight I took great pleasure in the Gosnells Citra Sea Mead brew (SGD$7.00 half pint / SGD$14.00 full pint) - honey fermented brew in lemon peel, terragon and seawater - light, refreshing and zesty.

Foodwise, the variety of items has been reduced by a fair bit, it seems.

We were the first to try their festive specials, the Christmas Beer Duck Confit (SGD$24.00) - beer marinated, tender, moistened, herbs infused and served with mashed potato and salad on the side. My personal preference for duck confit leans more toward crispier exterior but I would say that flavour for this was great.

We also had some Nachos with Cheddar (SGD$9.00) - crackling corn chips with melted cheese and jalapenos.

Lastly, addictive Salted Egg Fish Skin (SGD$9.00), exploding with scrumptious goodness in every bite.

It was a very enjoyable chilling out session once again, this time infected with merry festive vibes.

Tuesday 19 December 2017

Review on Milk Lactic Protein Facial @ SkinLab the Medical Spa [Sponsored]

501 Wheelock Place #04-04 Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880

Tel: 6429 1311 / 6235 3246

SkinLab the Medical Spa has 11 years of experience, treating problems relating to skin and weight issues, and they have a range of quality skincare products formulated by doctors for sale.

I was honoured to be invited for a session of their Milk Lactic Protein Facial (worth SGD$160.00).

They have outlets at Wheelock Place, Plaza Singapura, Westgate, Jurong Point, Junction 8 and Causeway Point - I chose the Wheelock branch as it was most convenient for me.

After a brief interview about my skin concerns and lifestyle, I was led to one of the spacious treatment rooms where I changed into their gown. The air-conditioning was very cold but the bed was seductively warm.

My therapist came in and introduced herself warmly. Then she explained the procedure to me step by step as we went along, starting with removing my makeup using a dry cleansing formula. She mentioned this was different from my facial scrub gel.

Step two of cleansing included using a facial cleanser containing peaches, exuding a lovely sweet aroma.

Then the Milk Mask was spread across my face with the Steamer over my face. I was informed that this process would open up my pores allowing for impurities to be extracted easier.

Rosewater was doused over my face before Extraction occured; a little pain was felt but it was normal.

Another mask was then applied over my face to sterilize and soothe.

The entire treatment lasted for around an hour and my face looked noticeably more radiant and felt hydrated.

Thank you SkinLab The Medical Spa for the delicious treat for my skin, making it glow in time for Christmas and my upcoming vacay!

Monday 18 December 2017

Review on "Flying Through Time" performance @ Resorts World Theatre

8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Tel: 6577 8899
Period:  9 December 2017 - 21 January 2018
Duration: Approximately 75 minutes with no intermissions
Ticket Prices: SGD$118 / SGD$98.00 / SGD$78.00 / SGD$48.00 / SGD$38.00

It was our first visit to Resorts World Theatre, and we must say that the service was impeccable. The 1,599-seat theatre was done in plush red, designed by Michael Graves, with a huge stage and sub-stage suitable for musicals, concerts and live performances etc.

We were honoured to be sponsored to catch "Flying Through Time", a local live action performance characterized by comedy, romance and exciting series of acrobatic moves, directed by Korean Director Choi Chul Ki. The performance features local home-grown talents Joshua Tan and Melody Low, as well as a horde of martial artists, gymnasts and ex-national athletes from China, Taiwan, Mongolia, South Korea and Malaysia.

This family-friendly live show is also the first collaboration between Resorts World Sentosa and local tertiary institutions such as Nanyang Polytechnic and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Audience would find themselves transported back to ancient Korea with visual treats of impressive martial arts moves, and then back to modern day Singapore amongst sassy cheerleaders, fancy footwork and stunning gymnastics acts.

We were not very impressed with the predictable and (somehow silly) storyline, but I did enjoy very much the hoola-hoop and ball performance by a certain female artist clad in red. Some parts were rather funny as well, so if you are catching the performance, simply sit back, relax and let the artists keep you entertained.

Thank you Resort World Sentosa for the interesting performance!