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The “SUITE” accommodation with The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh – All Suites

SUITE GETAWAY 

It’s love at first sight with The Haven Resort Hotel, situated on the edge of a virgin forest , weaving together a mix of modern residential / suite rooms with nature’s work of art- 280-million-year-old limestone outcrop, which in turn forms a picturesque scene at every angle.

If suites are your idea getaway, be pampered by the luxurious hotel, as it consists of 150 suites, starting with one-bedroom apartments that are perfect for a couple, and up to three-bedroom suites for family.

Front Entrance of The Haven

View from balcony

ONE with Nature 

It’s Nature and more and it works both ways as every facility revolves around giving the best from nature to every guest and with great eco-friendly interior ideas around the hotel, these brilliant ideas in turn gives a great deal back to mother nature as well.

From lush welcoming greenery at the guard posts to the eco-friendly aircon-less reception and lobbies that  allow an occasional comforting breeze drafting in on a sunny noon to mediating at the meditation deck or simply ditch those earphones and jog along to the tune of nature and cheerful chirpings, on a 600 meter track around the lake.

Running/Jogging Track

Training indoors from the gym? The Haven has certainly got it covered too with a ceiling to floor clear glass window, stay cool while you are running on the treadmile and get an unparalleled view of the surrounding too.

Last but not least the highlight of the hotel, the 5 level Swimming pool which is built in the shape of a seahorse and has an infinity pool that stretches out to the lake. Experience the most breathe taking 360 degree view of the lake as well as limestone from the glistening pool or sit back, relax and a enjoy a hydro massage at the jacuzzi corner with a fantastic view. Whichever you prefer, the Haven Resort Hotel is definitely the perfect way to unwind and to be ONE with nature.

Seahorse shaped pool

View from Infinity pool

 Click on and view our video on The Haven Resort Hotel

From Farm to Table

Expect exceptionally fresh food, Farm to table or Market to table as chefs do their daily purchase of food resources from personal visits to the market or from reputable farms in Ipoh.

So here’s our Farm to table dinner.

Pomelo Salad- Pomelo from farm in Ipoh

Pomelo Salad

Grouper fish –Fresh catch of the day, Grouper fish smoked with apple wood chips in prawn broth and garlic emulsion foam and garnished with fresh capsicums, onions and coriander and beansprouts from farms in Ipoh.

Grouper Fish

Dessert – Cheese cakes.

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Two thumbs up chef! We certainly felt your passion for food in your dishes and we can really attest to the no MSG promise.

Breakfast was fantastic too. The highlight of breakfast has got to be a simple dish- Eggs. Egg-fanatics will love the freshly prepared kampong eggs. We had sunny side up and the egg yolks were in a bright orange tone, something that we seldom get (at least for me) from the eggs that I usually purchase.

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Sunny side up

Click here to view our breakfast and dinning experience at Cuisines

There’s something for everyone

The Haven Resort Hotel set in nature, which the young and the old can experience at its best. Children can enjoy an outdoor playground, an indoor playroom, a pool with slide whilst parents and grandparents can sit back and enjoy the view of Rockhaven.

View from pool

With all the goodness encapsulated in a Haven, expect a total rejuvenation for your body through your senses and wellness from your food at The Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh – All Suites.

Have a great trip!

xoxo loveatravelifestyle…

Review on ESSANO Skincare range

Review on ESSANO Skincare range

With CNY round the corner, we are all getting our homes and of course ourselves ready to welcome this joyous festive celebration.

So shorten those skirt ladies and flaunt those lovely legs!!

But if you are bough down by unsightly scars on your legs, strut on in style too or alternatively, you could try what I did.

The answer to my scar woes, Rosehip oil from Essano. So here’s a review on their skincare products and thanks to the scar-eraser, my scars are gone for good! (Do note that I have slight eczema and thus explains for the little bumps around my skin. It is also slightly sensitive as well, which explains for the redness. The following photos shown are not edited or filtered.)

Day 1

week 2 ( Scars start to lighten, especially the scars on the left)

week 3 ( Scars are gone!!)

More about Essano Rosehip Oil

Essano Rosehip Oil + Antioxidant is a pure, certified organic natural oil packed with skin-loving essential fatty acids and essential nutrients. Aside from it being a scar- remover, Essano Rosehip oil is also a powerful multitasker, clinically proven to minimise the appearance of fine lines, scars, stretch marks and sun damage.

So here’s my reviews on the rest of the products in the Essano Kit

Visible Lift EYE CRÈME

 

Enriched with vitamins A + E to deeply nourish, condition and renew.

A nourishing blend of certified organic Rosehip Oil and restorative vitamins.

Review: I have been a user of eye gel and was rather hesitant to try on crème again as I get bad oil clogs at my eye area. However, this Visisble lift eye crème from Essano glides onto my eye area and it is super absorbent.

Moisture Restorative NIGHT CRÈME

Deeply nourish, condition and renew.

With certified organic Rosehip Oil, Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter.

Deeply moisturise and nourish while you sleep, to promote skin elasticity and a healthy complexion. Rich in skin-renewing certified organic Rosehip Oil as well as organic Aloe Vera, Jojoba and Shea Butter.

Review: I love the fact that it is essential oil based and the rose fragrance definitely helps to put me to sleep and with its micro cellular nourishment delivery into my skin, it certainly feels softer the next morning. I used it after a tiny drop of rose hip oil when my aircon is on during the night. However, I will prefer to use it on its own when my aircon isn’t turned on.

Regenerating Facial MOISTURISER

 

Active natural botanical extracts deeply moisturise, condition and regenerate your skin. This effective superceutical is rich in certified organic Rosehip Oil, vitamins, organic Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter.

Review: I have combination skin thus I am glad that this moisturiser works well for me as the level of hydration and moisture is perfect for my skin type. I use it after toning my skin and proceed on with my sunblock.

Gentle Foaming Facial CLEANSER

Rich in certified organic Rosehip Oil & Aloe Vera for hydration.

Gently cleanses while replenishing your skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Review: It really foams up wonderfully and cleanses without leaving my face “squeaky clean” but I totally feel my pores being deep cleansed and the fact that they have included aloe vera for hydration makes it a must have for me from now on.

Overall Review: I will certainly give Essano two thumbs up for the range of plant based, natural ingredients products and most of all being an animal lover, I am glad that Essano’s products are cruelty free and not tested on animals and with that being said, prices for their products are being kept at a reasonable range as well. Thank you Essano, for creating an eco and animal friendly range of products.

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We will be contacting the winner via email. Contest ENDS on 31st Jan 2017

Good luck all and we really hope to share this pack of wonder with you this 2017!

XOXO Loveatravelifestyle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sushi Mentai debuts at Singapore, Yishun Junction Nine

Sushi Mentai- A renowned brand in Malaysia has finally made its grand debut in Singapore at Yishun, Junction Nine.

Simplicity struck my senses as we stepped into Sushi Mentai. No stark differences from the rest of the Japanese restaurant, I thought to myself.  However, with closer observation I began to notice that the chefs at the counter were constantly working with grace on each piece of sushi to ensure that the sushi conveyor belt is filled with an array of sushi and the intense focus the chef had on his sashimi as he slices the perfect cut, it almost feels like I am embarking on an omakase meal. But expect nothing close to the price of omakase and freshness comparable to that at Sushi Mentai!

Gourmet sushi at Sushi Mentai ranges from $1.30 to $1.80. Yes you seen it right! The maddening crowd and the snaking queue of customers speaks for the value for money gourmet food serve at Sushi Mentai.

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Origins of Sushi Mentai

The word Mentai comes from the Japanese name Mentaiko. Mentaiko is the marinated roe of pollock and cod.  It is a sauce that is served with exquisite Japanese cuisine.

With its name deriving from Mentaiko, Sushi Mentai prides themselves by crafting only the finest Mentaiko sauce. (*Drumrolls*) The secret ingredient or recipe to their Mentaiko? Sushi Mentai uses only “A” graded pollock and cod, coupled with mayonnaise that are freshly imported from Japan and with a magical touch of Sake that will have any bon-vivant to go bogus for. And that’s not all peeps, the Mentaiko has to go through the holy grail, that is the sauce has to be lightly barbecued, before it is all ready to be served.

Now here’s a little tip from our Mentaiko crafters@Sushi Mentai

The perfect texture of the Mentaiko has to have that splendid shape of what you will get when squeezing your toothpaste out of the tube. Diluted Mentaiko sauce or any “toothpaste-less” shaped Mentaiko sauce are a definite NO NO.

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Sushi Mentai’s “oishii strategies” for customers

With nearly 30 years of experience as a distributor for Japanese fresh produces, Sushi Mentai selects only premium ingredients. A perfect example, salmon serve at Sushi Mentai are sourced only from Norway, Australia and New Zealand.

We revealed the “fresh strategy”, now here’s a pricing strategy that Sushi Mentai adopts to keep prices low for all epicureans out there. Sushi Mentai sells more for less; the golden equation- Less on profit and more on quantity sold!

Yellow or Red

Hey stay with us still! We ain’t deviating from Sushi Mentai to a game of soccer or any Pokemon team here!  To keep things simple, sushi plates are being served in two colours, Yellow or Red

Yellow plate $1.30
Chuka Idaho, Ebiko, Tamago Mentai, Tuna Mayo, Edamame…

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Red plate$1.80
The Crème de la crème of Sushi Mentai -Salmon Aburi , Unagi , Salmon Mayo,  Salmon Cheese Mayo, Ebi Mentai

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WAO picks…

Here are my recommendations or WAO-picks at Sushi Mentai

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Chawanmushi – Be prepared to dive your tongue down “onsen hot temperature” steam eggs. I expected a lukewarm bowl of steamed egg, but lo and behold … I was so wrong! The chawanmushi was still pipping hot as I savored down the entire bowl of steamed egg…

 

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Unagi Kebayak- Don’t you just want a bite out of this picture! Aside from its amazing presentation, the Unagi Kebayak is all set to tantalize any aristocrats’ taste bud! The thickness and length of the unagi has to be of perfect standard before it is considered Sushi Mentai cuisine. The sweetness from the unagi together with its QQ- bouncy texture makes this dish an unrivaled one.

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Assorted Sashimi – The subtle sea flavour and delicate texture from the thickly sliced sashimi

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Ebi Fountain with  fresh prawn wrapped in a layer of delicate fried beancurd skin. Last but not least, it is topped with the perfect squeeze of “toothpaste” shaped Mentaiko and it has definitely set the benchmark for any Mentaiko sauce that I will be having from now on!  OMG! I can simply recall the smooth texture of the Mentaiko as it glided down my throat.

Wao verdict on Sushi Mentai

Sushi Mentai serves an elaborate spread of fresh Japanese cuisine and with their modest food prices, they are undeniably a Japanese restaurant where value meets impeccable freshness!

WAO- advice

  1. Sushi Mentai accepts no reservations and seats are offered base on site a first come first serve basis.

  2. Plan for an early dinner if you are visiting over the weekend. Anytime before 5pm will be ideal to avoid the queue.

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Visit http://sushi-mentai.com.sg for more information on their location or simply download Waze to get directions to Sushi Mentai!


Sushi Mentai Singapore
Address: 18 Yishun Ave 9 #01-23, Junction Nine Singapore 768897
Operating hours:
Mon to Fri (12pm – 3pm | 5pm – 9:30pm )
Weekends and Public holidays ( 12pm – 9:30pm )
Official Singapore Website:http://sushi-mentai.com.sg
Regional website:http://www.sushi-mentai.com
Facebook:Sushi Mentai Singapore
Instagram:@SushiMentaiSG
Email:info@sushi-mentai.com

 

Review on Casio ZR3600

Review on Casio EX-ZR3600

Here’s our take on Casio EX-ZR3600.

Mirror mirror on the wall… who’s the fairest of them all?

Be camera ready and get picture perfect shot every time you shoot with Casio EX-ZR3600.

Run not to a mirror, but rather pose with confidence and give the camera that million-dollar smile when shooting with Casio EX-ZR3600. With the evolved make up function, the camera provides images portraying the ideal beauty of the skin that all seek, together with the desired skin tone and smoothness.

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The make-up effect not only provides brightness to the skin but also a fresh, vivacious tint to express smooth and natural beauty has been achieved. Features that are three-dimensionally defined with great clarity ensure images that portray the true charm of all users!

Here’s how it works: The user selects the beauty range from 1-12 . Our recommendation will be to stick to a 6 as it reflects a natural looking complexion.

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The perfect camera to phone to social media

Why do we term it the perfect camera for social media sharing?

Ever been in the situation where you had to start and stop the photo streaming from camera to phone?

We find using the Casio EX-ZR3600 a breeze with its Exlim Auto Transfer mode. You can “Auto Send” captured images to your smartphone simply by taking pictures as you usually do. Your images are sent directly to generic cialis usa your smartphone, even when it’s tucked away in your bag. And once all the photos are in after your shooting session, simply post the shots up on your social media platforms

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Simply download the EXLIM app on your Playstore or Appstore for the transfer mode

QR What?

Yes you heard it right Casio EX-ZR3600, creates QR code for each image that you upload. Which means sharing photos will be done in a jiff with a QR code.

Simply download the SCENE app on your Playstore or Appstore and you are on your way to QR creation for your photos

Going Solo

Thinking of going solo on your next getaway? Hesitate no longer if photo taking might just be one of the options that is stopping you.

With Casio EX-ZR3600, simply connect your handphone to your camera and control your camera view from the comfort of your phone.

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Place your camera on a tripod stand, set the camera timer and you are on your way to shooting scenic shots along with yourself in the picture.

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From shots to movie

Get your shots together automatically with the camera’s Highlight Movie Function. It selects the optimal shots and videos at the end of your shooting session for the day and combines all into a movie. Sounds like a great camera for any special occasion.

Random thought on this function. Going on a budget for your wedding, you might just be able to save with this function. Instead of getting a photographer for your wedding shots, simply grab a close buddy as your photographer (brides fear not of melting make up, trust that the make up function will do the trick!)  and at the end of the day let the camera create a wonderful wedding photo video montage for you! Now how’s that for cost savings? Do leave us a comment if you really do try it !

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Photos to download to Photo editing ?

We say skip THIS step ! With 10 amazing filters in built into the camera, create perfect shots within a twinkle with the Casio ZR3600

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With its lightweight and superb functions, the Casio EX-ZR3600 is an unrivaled compact camera and with its ability to save images in RAW function it is certainly a worthy “DSLR –Compact” camera! Thanks Casio for the creation of EX-ZR3600!

The Casio EX-ZR3600 is available in three colour, Pearl White, Pink and Lavender for S$599 at all authorized Casio retailers.

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Visit http://www.casio-intl.com/asia-mea/en/dc/ex_zr3600/ for more information.

WAO Food trip – Penang part 1

WAO Food trip – Penang part 1

What’s good and what’s not in Penang? Here’s WAOblog’s take on it

Penang a great place where lanes are perpetually filled with an aroma of food and lined with busy hawkers with their food carts.

So here are our food pit stops in Penang!

Dim sum House
Jalan Anson, 10400 Georgetown, Penang.

Business hour
6:00am – 1:00pm (Weekdays)
6:00am – 1:30pm (Weekends)

What we ordered: Carrot cake, steamed dumpling, beancurd with meat fillings, Fishcake
Review: The steam dumpling was quite the usual. We loved the fishcake as it was springy, bouncy and “QQ.” Fried carrot cake was good, as we loved the soft on the inside and crispy on the outside texture.

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We explored “Little India” in Penang and had our next meal at Kapitan Katering.

What we ordered: Chicken Tika, Fish and Sotong Egg
Review: Chicken Tika was below expectation. It was simply too dry. However the Fish and Sotong eggs were so good that we chomped it down without thinking about the cholesterol that comes with it!

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Pasar Air Itam Penang Laksa
Laksa
Jalan Pasar Road, 11500 Air Itam, (Beside the Air Itam Market)
Penang, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm Daily

What we ordered: Assam Laksa
Review: The Assam Laksa tasted real good and tasty but it wasn’t to our taste bud as it might be laded with lots of MSG, as we weren’t feeling too good after having it.

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Green House Prawn noodles
Burma Road, Georgetown
113 Burma Road, 10050 Georgetown
Opening Hours: 8pm to 4am

What we ordered: Prawn noodles and Lor Mee
Review: Ironically, the braised egg that came with the bowl of Prawn noodles and Lor Mee took the centre stage. The noodles tasted mediocre.

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Boey Chong Kee Restaurant
61, Lebuh Cintra, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

What we ordered: Duck with young ginger or姜芽鸭and tofu with crab meat sauce.
Review: Duck with young ginger. This has got to website like this be the best hawker food throughout our trip and we will definitely be back again. We felt like we were being transported back to the 50s or 60s as we approach the coffee shop. Situated below an old block of flats, the al fresco area brings a nostalgia feel to the entire place. Food was served on a metal plate with no fancy arrangement and what seems like any regular “zi char” dish blew our taste bud! The duck and ginger were superbly tender and flavorful and nope it didn’t tasted like it had loads of MSG added in. 姜芽鸭. With the word 芽 we assumed that there will be beansprout in the dish and were trying to look for the beansprout in the black sauce.

We checked with the friendly business owner and she explained that the word 芽 do not refer to 豆芽 (beansprout) . 芽 meant young ginger. Which explains the tenderness of the ginger and the fragrant ginger taste instead of the usual spicy taste we get from the old ginger. The tofu was good too, but should you have stomach space for only one dish, just go with the ginger duck dish.

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Stay tune for part 2 of our WAO-food trip!

Little Light Bulb, Big Strength

The shocking news of 小灯泡 or little light bulb has been weighing on the minds of our editorial team recently and we simply feel so much for the passing on of a sweet innocent life that has left us in a most cruel way.

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Here’s a quick summary in chronological order on the tragic incident that happened in Taiwan on 28 March 2016.

At 8am a video footage captured Wang Jing Yu purchasing a cleaver at a department store. He proceeded to Xi Hu Junior School thereafter and loitered outside the school. He had plans to enter the school’s premises by climbing over the walls but his plans were shelved as passerby were getting suspicious of him.

10am. The toddler and her mum were on their way to meet her granddad, uncle and her twin siblings at the train station.  The toddler was on a tricycle and was cycling along side with her mum who was pushing a pram. They were taking the route that Wang was loitering around and he spotted the pair from the school’s main gate and started tailing them.

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The toddler began to trail slightly behind her mum when they were on a slope. Wang spotted the scene and rushed up. Upon noticing Wang, mummy assumed that he was trying to help her toddler to speed up and reacted politely by telling Wang that its fine to let her ride on her own.

The tragedy struck when Wang held the head of the toddler with his left hand and whipped out his hidden cleaver under his jacket with his right hand and brutally wielded her neck with it.

Upon witnessing this, Mummy struggled with Wang while screaming for help. Blood was seen splattering on Wang’s face, but he continued with his action with a minimum wield of 12 strokes of the cleaver. The fragile structure of the toddler gave way to pressure from the action and she was decapitated within seconds.  It took seven passerby to stop Wang from his action and pinned him down. 2 of the Samaritans were brothers who were working in a nearby garage and were armed with metal poles and the other 5 were passerby.

11am. A devastated but composed mummy was seen giving her statement to the police at the crime scene while Wang was handcuffed away by the police. An angry crowd were seen gathering at the crime scene and some came armed with weapons, awaiting to strike Wang once they get sight of him.

Wang hallucinated that he was an emperor while being interrogated and commanded the police officers to bow to him (Emperor)  and said that he was instructed by higher power to continue his lineage by finding a girl from Sze Chuan and kill her thereafter. Upon further interrogation on the link between his crime and the continuity of his lineage, he simply uttered a bunch of nonsenses and was unable to provide a reason.

Translated from http://www.ettoday.net/news/20160329/671229.htm

 

The passing on of a loved one isn’t easy to swallow much less witnessing the entire scene and being so near yet so far to help your love ones when they are in need.  Nonetheless Claire Wang epitomized remarkable strength, courage and positive attitude when she wrote the facebook post and it certainly reminded us to love and treasure all our love ones around us.

“ Give your tightest and most loving hug to your dearest love ones and tell them that you love them”


Source Translated from Claire Wang’s facebook post.

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Instead of drowning in negativity and hatred, she encouraged the public to do more to prevent such incidents.

 

“This is not a problem that can be solved by passing a law, I hope we can address the problem from its root, from the perspective of family and education, so there will no longer be such perpetrators in our society.”

Source http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/mums-response-to-childs-slaying-moves-taiwanese

 

Here’s a big salute and hug from the team at WAOblog.asia to Ms. Claire Wang and family and to Little light bulb. Rest in peace Little bulb.

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A last note, to anyone who is in pain from the passing of a love ones, this is the song or music therapy that I kept dear to me when my grandpa passed away.

P.S… See You Again by Wiz Khalifa – ft. Charlie Puth wasn’t composed yet otherwise, it be a good music therapy song too. =)

“Bye Bye” By Mariah Carey

 

This is for my peoples who just lost somebody

Your best friend, your baby, your man, or your lady

Put your hand way up high

We will never say bye (no, no, no)

Mamas, daddies, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins

This is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers

Lift your head to the sky ’cause we will never say bye

 

As a child there were them times

I didn’t get it but you kept me in line

I didn’t know why you didn’t show up sometimes

On Sunday mornings, and I missed you

But I’m glad we talked through

All them grown folk things

Separation brings

You never let me know it

You never let it show because

You loved me and obviously

There’s so much more left to say

If you were with me today face to face

 

[Chorus:]

I never knew I could hurt like this

And everyday life goes on like

“I wish I could talk to you for awhile”

Miss you but I try not to cry

As time goes by

And it’s true that you’ve reached a better place

Still I’d give the world to see your face

And I’m right here next to you

But it’s like you’re gone too soon

Now the hardest thing to do is say bye bye

 

(Bye Bye [3x])

Bye bye

 

And you never got the chance to see how good I’ve done

And you never got to see me back at number one

I wish that you were here to celebrate together

I wish that we could spend the holidays together

 

I remember when you used to tuck me in at night

With the Teddy Bear you gave to me that I held so tight

I thought you were so strong

You’d make it through whatever

It’s so hard to accept the fact you’re gone forever

 

[Chorus]

 

(bye bye bye bye bye bye [3x])

Bye bye

 

This is for my peoples who just lost somebody

Your best friend, your baby, your man, or your lady

Put your hand way up high

We will never say bye (no, no, no)

Mamas, daddies, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins

This is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers

Lift your head to the sky ’cause we will never say bye

[Chorus]
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mariahcarey/byebye.html

WAO Food trip – Penang part 2

WAO-Food- Penang trip 2

Hot Bowl White Curry Mee
58 Jalan Rangoon Georgetown 10400 Penang
8am – 3pm

What we ordered: White Curry Mee
Review: The original white soup base has a strong coconut taste and fragrant to it and has zero spiciness. The “shiok” part kicks in when the chili paste is being added into the soup and lo and behold, you get the entire flavourful and authentic bowl of Penang White Curry Mee.

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Penang Rd Famous Teochew Chendul
Jalan Penang 10450 Pulau Pinang

What we ordered: Teochew Chendul
What we loved: The ice-cold bowl of Chendul with the brown sugar and having it along a bustling street!

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Jit Seng Hong Kong Roasted Duck Rice @ Star Hotel
Address: 246, Lebuh Carnarvon, 10100 Penang, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 3.00pm (Closed Public Holidays)

What we ordered: Roasted duck and pork (char siew)
Review: The flavour and texture were good on the whole, but this is definitely not one of the best roasted duck and pork that we have tried so far.

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乡下鱼头米粉 / Village Fishhead Beehoon
Address: 107-A, Pengkalan Weld, 10300, Georgetown, Penang.
Operates daily from 11.30am – 10pm. Closes on the 1st and 15th of the Chinese lunar month

What we ordered: Fish head bee hoon and frog leg soup and fried fish.
Review: We ordered what was recommended before we got ourselves a table and upon heading to our table, we noticed that most, if not all of the customers were having tom yam mee. Perhaps “when in Rome, do what the Romans do” stands truth for this eatery, as the dishes that we ordered tasted average. Unfortunately we had no more room for another bowl of Tom Yam soup. Do drop us a comment if you have tried the Tom Yam soup.

A little tip, based on the experience above. Reviews from food blog or articles are subjective. You might want to do a simple recee or “scan” through what the locals ordered before placing your order.

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Macallum Connoisseurs
1 Gat Lebuh Macallum 10300 Georgetown

What we ordered: Smoked Duck with yuzu sauce. Beef burger
Review: Smoked duck was done to perfection and tasted lovely with the yuzu sauce. The beef burger tasted average. It could have been better if the meat was thicker.

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China House / Beach Street Bakery
153 155 Beach Street – 183b Victoria Street Georgetown Penang

What we ordered: Lemon poppy seed cake
Review: Well it is definitely the closest we can get to have poppy legally! We were surprised by the find too and seriously it tasted quite good with the lemon and don’t worry too much about the poppy it tasted like “finer” chia seeds in a lemon butter cake.

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Interesting facts about China House:
Take a walk through China House and you will be led to a beautiful outdoor café, Courtyard.

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Explore on …

The canteen, another restaurant/cafe will greet you at the end of your exploration. The stretch of cafes or eateries starts from Victoria Street to Beach Street. While exploring, pop in through the rest of the interesting themed restaurants such as Reading Room, 14 Chairs, Vine & Single.

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Head up the retro metal steps that leads to BON TON, a shop that sells handcrafted items.

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Now that’s a wrap for our Penang food trip! Stay tune for our posts on our accommodation.

xoxo Loveatravelifestyle

 Read Part 1: http://waoblog.asia/lifestyle/food-beverage/wao-food-trip-penang-1/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold, the legend of the Sisters’ Islands by Ding Yi Music Company

Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold, the legend of the Sisters’ Islands by Ding Yi Music Company

Singapore is often referred as the “Lion city”, “Garden city”, the “Red Dot” and perhaps the description of her being an urban jungle. But delve deeper and you be amazed by the folklores associated with Singapore and the islands surrounding her. With that said, the legend or story behind the formation of Sisters’ island has always intrigued me the most…

According to Wikipedia, “Sisters’ Islands are two of the Southern Islands in Singapore and are located to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. Big Sister’s Island, about 39,000 m2 (9.6 acres) in area and also known as Pulau Subar Laut in Malay, faces the open sea, while Little Sister’s Island, about 17,000 m2 (4.2 acres) in area and also known as Pulau Subar Darat in Malay, faces the mainland. The two islands are separated by a narrow channel. Currents through this channel can be very dangerous to swimmers and divers.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisters%27_Islands

There are a few versions of the legend of Sisters’ islands and Ding Yi Music Company is going to take audiences into the immersive story through the unique mediums of sand art with the prodigious sand artist, Lawrence Koh , an alluring Hawaiian Javanese Dance by Garrett Kam and conducted by an esteemed Guest Conductor, Quek Ling Kiong. The concert will showcase the new arrangement of the award winning composition “The Sisters’ Islands” by young Singapore composer, Wang Chen Wei.

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Hawaiian Javanese Dancer Garrett Kam

According to Quek Ling Kiong,: “Rehearsing Sisters’ Islands feels like I’m carried away to a small kampong. You feel the breeze and rhythmic waves, surrounded by friendly villagers. It amazes me still, how versatile Chinese chamber music is. I hope to inspire children and adults alike.”

With so much anticipation for this performance, give and experience the gift of “Kampong-ness” this Christmas with your friends or even the entire family and relive how and what the sisters of Sisters’ island felt with this multi-sensory performance that is guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages inspirited!

Tickets are available at Esplanade Box Office and SISTIC

Date                : 3 Dec, Sat

Time                : 7:30pm

Duration          : Approximately 1 hour, without intermission

Venue              : Esplanade Recital Studio

Ticket price     : $25

To learn more about Ding Yi and Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold performance, please visit www.dingyimusic.com

An exclusive workshop with limited seats will be available to audiences who purchase 4 tickets and above. Workshop will be held on 30 Nov 2016. Interested readers can drop an email to khaihong@anticsatplay.com for more details.

With Christmas round the corner, our kind sponsor, Ding Yi Music Company has kindly sponsored WAOblog.asia with 5 pairs of tickets and we are giving a pair of tickets to 5 lucky readers.

Simply answer True or False to the following question:

With music, sand art and javanese dance, Of Music and Art: The Legend Retold, the legend of the Sisters’ Islands is suitable for the whole family.

Do leave your email along with your answer in the comments and we will be in touch with you via email if you are the lucky one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Traveling C.O.W – Chef On Wheel

The Traveling C.O.W – Chef On Wheel, seemed like it has been taken out of a nursery rhyme, of   “The Cow Jumped Over the Moon”. However, Karen, owner of The Traveling C.O.W – Chef On Wheel explains that the name came as the acronym of Chef of Wheels forms the word C.O.W. Thus the name The Traveling C.O.W – Chef On Wheel was born.

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The Traveling C.O.W – Chef On Wheel, located at a quiet mall/office and with windows facing rows of trees and the counter decorated with cow spots, it seems as though we have entered a tranquil part of Singapore within the city area. To bring the entire back–to-nature atmosphere to another notch, Karen has planted edible herbs on each table and remains passionate about being environmental friendly by using bio-degradable corn-ware for all the utensils, bowls, plates.. etc.

 

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We started the tastings with a light appetizer- Chicken Salad. We guarantee you that this chicken salad won’t be your regular salad that you purchase at the deli or any other cafés. The chicken has a “smooth like tofu” texture and an oriental twist to it. Yes it tastes like the Hainanese version of chicken salad.

 

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Next was Mac and Cheese Truffle ball. I adored these from the core of my heart. The perfect combination of truffles, macaroni and cheese exploded in my mouth as I chomped my first bite down. A word of advice, as with most “cheesey” food, these cheese balls have to be taken while they are still fresh and hot off the stove.

    

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The next thumb up dish has to be the Ramen chicken wings! Okay we have to admit that we are suckers for all food chicken wings by nature. However, these wings are packed with “crunch element” Every bite makes me feel like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street! These wings are definitely a “No No” food for the cinemas.  We guarantee a kick in the butt by other cinema go-ers if you were to consume it while watching a movie!

 

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For me personally, the star of the tasting has got to be the Ramen mushroom wagyu beef with egg burger and the Chicken rice burger. Though each burger was wonderful and different in their way.   The Ramen mushroom wagyu beef with egg burger with its ramen as its substitute for the usual bread keeps the fried egg, succulent wagyu patty and chunky servings of mushroom in its place. And who can miss out on the cooked to perfection sunny side up that beckons “eat me and slurp it” So bring loads of tissues and wet tissue or better still, bring a baby bib as the lavish servings of mushroom and sauces along with the juices from the beef overflows with every bite of this amazing burger!    lifestyle_007_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel lifestyle_008_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel     lifestyle_014_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel    lifestyle_015_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel

Chilli Crab Pasta

 

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Seafood Laksa

 

The taste and presentation of the chicken rice burger will set any traditional Hainanese chicken rice chef into a cardiac arrest! Traditional chicken rice is being fried into golden brown patties and cleverly sandwiched the sapid fleshy Hainanese chicken. This will be my final choice for chicken rice if I were to have a last taste of traditional food.     lifestyle_010_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel lifestyle_011_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel     lifestyle_001_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel Lychee Sodalifestyle_012_food review_the traveling cow_chef on wheel

Moo-ing to catch a bite at The Traveling C.O.W – Chef On Wheel?  Here’s the address 02-16 CT Hub, 2 Kallang Ave, Singapore.

 

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Love From the Stars 2015

Love From the Stars 2015

2015 certainly marks an eventful jubilee for Singapore.  However get ready for more Singapore, as Artistes Christian Fellowship ( ACF 人之家 )  will be celebrating her 30th years anniversary as well.

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We are greatly bless that Christian artistes from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Malaysia will also be joining us in the concerts.

 

Followings are some details of the concerts:

“星中有爱” Love from the Stars’15 – A concert of praise & worship through songs, drama and testimonies.

Date : 4-12-2015 (Friday) 7pm | 6-12-2015 (Sunday) 2:30pm and  7pm
Venue : Suntec City Level 6 Hall 601 – 604
Seating Capacity : 6000 per concert

To accompany the concert, a book titled “Footprints” and a music CD will be published. “Footprints “ contains touching stories and testimonies from our artistes and people from the media industry.

By the grace of God, we pray that the concerts, the book and the CD will touch many pre-believers as we express our gratitude and love for Christ with songs, drama and testimonies.

 

With that, ACF has lined up rock solid concerts with local leading artistes as well as renowned artistes from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. The star-studded event is only part of the finale. The “appetizer” for the event comes in the form of “cookies.”

So read on and find out what’s “baking up the sleeves” of the good folks at  ACF.

While most are relaxing their Sunday away, God’s little helpers from ACF were gathered at Creative Culinaire to bake up loads of “Love Cookies.”

The camera was rolling away and excitement filled the baking studio. With a final shout for joy by the celebrities, the stupendous moment was finally being captured in perfect moment.

The challenge begins…

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We were quickly paired with celebrities into a group of four and all were giving their 101% attention to Chef Judy Koh while she was demonstrating the dough making process. Hands-on time came and celebrities were all ready to roll it out.   entertainment004_love from the stars entertainment006_love from the stars entertainment008_love from the stars entertainment009_love from the stars entertainment010_love from the starsentertainment001_love from the stars Moist and fluffy bite size chocolate and red velvet cakes awaits us at Caffé Pralet  while the dough gets “set” in the fridge.  With all the delightful bites around and hearty chats, the setting time for the dough seems to pass in a twinkle!entertainment014_love from the starsentertainment012_love from the stars    entertainment015_love from the stars   To amplify the message of Love, celebs were given heart shaped cookie cutter to cut the cookie out of the rolled dough.  Heart-shaped cookies soon filled up the baking tray and the studio was brimming with an aroma this web of blissfulness from the oven.   entertainment018_love from the stars entertainment020_love from the stars        entertainment017_love from the stars   Celebs were all smiles when medleys of rainbow coloured cream in piping bags and fondants were distributed to each table. The cookie deco process certainly brought out the Picaso in each of them. While knuckling down the decoration, immense joy could be felt throughout the studio and laughter could be heard from miles away.     entertainment016_love from the stars entertainment019_love from the stars entertainment021_love from the starsentertainment022_love from the stars_entertainment038-love from the stars  Yay! Done sucessfully!!!   entertainment027_love from the stars entertainment029_love from the stars

 

The “masterpieces” were displayed for the cameras before getting packed and all were in elation at their works of “Love”.

Crunch time came and we chomped down a cookie to sample the fruit of the celebs’ labour! The verdict? Simple butter cookie never tasted so heavenly.

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The secret ingredients to the recipe?

Love, happiness and perhaps God’s special dash of ingredient from His loving hands in our midst!

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WAOblog Asia will like to shout out a big thank you out to all the celebs of ACF, organizers of Love from the stars 2015 and of course to the wonderful Chef Judy Koh and staff of Creative Culinaire and Caffee Pralet for the fun baking session.

For more information, stay tune to http://lovefromthestars.com
or Like Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lovefromthestars2015

Love from the Stars will be happening on 4 Dec 2015 at 7pm and 6 Dec 2015 at 2.30pm and 7pm at Suntec Convention Hall Level 6.

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