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Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender Review

This is a sponsored Review for Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender.

Product includes hand blender, compact chopper accessory, whisk accessory and 1l beaker with lid.
Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender Review by SingaporeMomBlogs

I’ve got no idea why the kitchens in the new HDB flats are getting smaller. As compared to my parents’ 3 room flat in Potong Pasir, mine is barely half of its size despite it being an executive flat.

We do not have space for fancy kitchen appliances that sits around looking pretty. Every appliances that takes up a prime spot in our kitchen has got to be multi functional.

This latest addition of hand blender by Philips co-designed with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. And since I have found plenty of success with Jamie Oliver’s recipe, I held high hopes for the performance of this blender.

When un-boxing the Philips Jamie Oliver hand blender, I notice the glossy white high quality finishing on the product. It is compact and does not even take up much space. The additional accessories such as the chopper and whisk totally sweetens the deal making it a multi functional kitchen tool. A tinge of cornflower blue on the product makes it esthetically pleasing.

Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender features:
Innovative ProMix technology
The ultimate in speed and efficiency, to deliver only the finest and evenly cut results.
Long lasting and titanium coated blade
Strong, titanium coated blade which ensures it stays sharper for much longer.
Powerful 650 watt motor
650 watt motor with a simple “on / off” button as well as a turbo button.

I ran the compact kitchen tool over a series of culinary challenge.
Let’s see if it has risen to the occasion…..

First up, baby food.
Potato, carrot, corn puree with Salmon flakes.
1 Potato cubed
1 carrot cubed
1 handful of frozen corn
Put all ingredients and boil for 15 mins.
Then using Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender, blend directly into pot!!
Wholesome baby food ready in 20mins!!!
Baked Salmon Flakes were actually “pinched” from the older sibling’s dinner.
Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender Review by SingaporeMomBlogs
When the baby goes MmmMmmMmm at an empty bowl,
you know that dinner has been GREAT!
Bye bye Jarred Baby Food,
Hello Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender!!

Next up, corn soup. Hiroshi is obsessed with MOS burger’s corn soup. And when he has it, Sophia wants one too! That makes it really painful for my pockets! I set up to find the perfect corn soup recipe.
Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender Review by SingaporeMomBlogs
450g frozen corn
1 medium sized potato, diced
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoons butter
2 cups water
1 chicken cube

garnish with chopped chives and cayenne pepper or paprika

1. Saute the onions, garlic and potatoes in 1 tablespoons butter in a pot.
2. Add frozen corn
3. Add 2 cups water & 1 chicken cube
4. Simmer for 15 minutes.
5. Using Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender, blend directly in pot!
6. Strain to achieve MOS burger’s corn soup smooth consistency.
7. Garnish with chopped chives and cayenne pepper or paprika

And while I was at it, I made garlic bread to go with it too!
3 bulbs garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 loaf of bread
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. Slice the tops off of the garlic bulbs so that the tip of each clove is exposed. Place the bulbs on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, or until garlic is soft.
2. Squeeze the cloves of garlic from their skins into a medium bowl. Stir in the butter, parsley, and Parmesan cheese until well blended.
3. Spread onto bread.
4. Broil for about 5 minutes, until toasted.

Hiroshi commented that it was way better than Mos Burger’s corn soup. And in his words he said, “keep up the good work mum!”

Sophia wants a go at the Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender too.
A refreshing recipe of Yummy Mango Lassi.
Perfect beverage to beat this crazy hot weather!

We even manage to whip up Oreo cheesecake with this compact Kitchen Gadget.
So simple, that Hiroshi will show you how it is done!

This hand blender has been taking a permanent spot on my kitchen top ever since the day it arrived. We love how simple, quick and effective the Philips Jamie Oliver Hand Blender is. And we look forward in sharing many more recipes staring this amazing gadget!

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Financial compensation was not received for this post.
A sample product was gifted from Philips.
Opinions expressed here are my own.

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Queen Of Impromptu: Food Adventure @ Johor Baru & Desaru

For something that we’ve roughly talked about on Thursday night, confirmed late Friday night and executed on Saturday…..

I must say, I am living up to my reputation of the Queen of Impromptu.

An unplanned trip for 2 families started on a late Saturday morning. Our journey started on a cheerful note till traffic congestion hit us straight on our faces for 2 hours at the Malaysia Immigration. We pushed on. And it paid off!

Well deserving lunch at 有記XO
As usual, the food and service was impeccable!
Die Die MUST Order:
1. 煨汤; the soup of the day which is simmer in huge urns for at least 12 hours.
2. 三烧; a platter of roast pork, roast duck and char siew. YUMS!
3. 火山豆腐; Homemade tofu braised in yummy sauce. Very Appetizing.
4. 青姜蒸鱼; Aromatic green ginger against fresh fish steam to perfection.

Finally revealing the identity of the other family on the trip; Agnes and family.
Agnes is another parent from Parents Support Group of Horizon Primary School.

There are 3 branches for 有記XO.
15, Jalan Impian Emas 5/6
Taman Impian Emas 81300
Skudai, Malaysia

79, Jalan Pendekar 2,
Taman Ungkul Tun Aminah,
81300 Skudai

83-83a, Jalan Dedap 7,
Taman Johor Jaya,
81100 JB

Straight after lunch, we wasted no time and drove on to Desaru. Journey took us about 1 hour and 30 mins. Randomly popped into The Lotus Desaru Beach Resort. It wasn’t the fanciest place for accommodation, but it suffice. Both families spontaneously agreed that we should stay for the night.

The beauty of a good photo is one that reminds you of the good time you had.
Lotus Desaru Beach Resort’s Private Beach.

With accommodation settled, we headed out to hunt for food again. About 45 mins drive away from Lotus Desaru, at Sungai Rengit. Our gastronomical adventure landed us at Jade Garden.

Apart from the superior stock lobster and rich salted eggs crabs.
The rest of the food was a sheer disappointment.

Nonetheless, both man of the house was happy to get lobsters for the unplanned father’s day celebration!

Jade Garden
54 Jalan Kerisi Sungai Rengit, Kota Tinggi 81620, Malaysia

The Lotus Desaru Beach Resort looks alot like Malaysia’s public housing in the morning.

Looks aside….. it was a comfortable stay. We were in fact so well rested that we nearly missed the complimentary breakfast provided by Lotus Desaru Beach Resort.

With breakfast taken care of, we head out to do something educational. Desaru Fruit Farm. At 20rm for adult and 15rm for kids, we get to tour the fruit farm, visit a mini zoo and each get a box of assorted fresh fruits. Definitely, worth every penny spent and more.

Kitson and James getting excited over fresh winged bean.

Moew! These are Cat’s Whiskers!
Leaves of cat’s whiskers are brewed into tea and use for treatment of kidney stones

A family moment against the beautiful greenery…..
Someone seems to be missing…..

Because Hiroshi was busy feeding the koi fishes…..

Sophia beating the heat with a drink of roselle.

Hiroshi totally adores the mini zoo.

Now that we’ve done something educational with the kids. It’s time to steer back to food again…..

We drove 1 hour and 30 mins back to Johor Baru. It was late afternoon and our tummies were screaming for food. We dived straight to whatever that was conveniently available; Restoran Hoppy. Couple variety of herbal infused roast ducks. We ordered the 当归烧鸭 & 十全烧鸭. We didn’t have a good picture of the ducks since we were famished. I swear this is so good! Coz we polished the plates real clean!!!

(Restoran HOPPY) 好比港式烧鸭
No. 4, Jalan Kancil, Taman Century, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
No. 31, Jalan Meldrum, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
No. 127, Jalan Pendekar 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, 81300 Skudai Johor, Malaysia.
No. 124, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
No. 43, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

The ladies were dying to shop. So we ended up at City Square Mall. We kinda have some sort of magnetic attraction to food! We found ourselves enjoying dessert at 許留山.

Then it was movie time. Man of Steel. The theater is managed by Cathay Cineplexes. Everything looks very Singapore, except that the ticket prices are at least 50% cheaper!!

The mall was closing right after the movie ended. So it should be it right? Nope, we had a teeny, tiny, space left in our tummy to fill before hitting home. Ah Khoong for light supper before we hit home.

That pretty much sums up our gastronomic adventure. It has been a long long time since we did something spontaneous! And we love it! We should do this more often!!

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5 Tips on picking the perfect stroller | Capella Cony S230T

Having gone through 3 kids, and a couple of strollers, I now have my own sets of stringent requirements when it comes to picking a stroller. It is important to buy a stroller that fits into your lifestyle requirements.

I am a Stay at Home Mom. And due to Kitson’s hectic traveling schedules, I am often left to juggle 3 kids on my own. We do not drive, and depend largely on public transportation such as Mrts and Buses.
Singpaore Mom Blogs reviews the Carpella Cony S230T Stroller

In my personal opinion, a good stroller should be;

1. Sturdy & Good Weight
When shopping for a stroller, I would suggest that you do your most outrages crash car dummy tests. Shake it, Push it to see just how much it takes to tip it over. In order for a stroller to be sturdy, it must not be overly light weight. Neither should it be so heavy that it reminds you of your weights in the gym.

2. 5 Point Safety Harness
A lap belt is never enough for a moving stroller. Once a baby master the skills of flipping, cruising, crawling and walking. He/She will make every attempt to STAND on the stroller. A 5 point safety harness will discourage the determined baby.

3. One Hand Operation
If 1 hand is carrying the baby, I only have the other to open and recline the stroller!

4. Fully Canopy Shade
There are 2 reasons why I insist on a full canopy shade.
Firstly, the weather in Singapore is just plain ridiculous. It is either scotching hot or pouring wet. A full canopy shade helps shield the baby from such harsh elements.
Secondly, I prefer my baby to have personal space when he is napping. So no kapoh aunties can tell me he is too hot, too cold, or perhaps even worst, attempt to touch him and wake him up!!!

5. Forward Facing
I am sure the outside world is much more exciting for a baby on a moving stroller. But, an option of having forward facing allow the parents to interact with the baby. I can still remember Sophia’s infectious giggles whenever I sing The wheels on the pram goes bum-pa-dee-bum-bump.

A BIG Shopping Basket beneath the stroller would be an additional Bonus!!

We’ve recently been invited to the soft launch of Capella Cony S230T by Taime. Established since 1987, Capella is an established and reliable brand name from Korea.
Singpaore Mom Blogs reviews the Carpella Cony S230T Stroller

The owners of Taime; Andy and Eileen demonstrated the functionality of the brand new Capella Cony S230T stroller.
Singpaore Mom Blogs reviews the Carpella Cony S230T Stroller

Vast improvements from its previous models.
The enhanced Capella Cony S230T stroller now boast Wider Space, Superb Comfort, and Increased Functionality.

Amidst the ohhs and the ahhs…..
it is hard to contain my excitement for such a beauty!

We were presented our very own Capella Cony S230T strollers by Eileen & Andy for reviewing purposes.
Singpaore Mom Blogs reviews the Carpella Cony S230T Stroller

Alongside with 9 other Singapore Mom Bloggers, we will be participating in Shape Run happening on the 7th July 2013 with our Sparkling new Capella Cony S230T Strollers.
L to R: FloMummy, AmazinglyStill, SoOddlyDreamLike, Meeningfully, BecomingMam, IHeartBabyKate, SingaporeMomBlogs, Evespiration, Lynnlly & Cherieladie.
Singpaore Mom Blogs reviews the Carpella Cony S230T Stroller

Do keep a look out for us and cheer us on!!

Capella Strollers will be available at:
Isetan, Metro, John Little, Robinsons, BHG, OG, Kiddy Palace, Cheri Kids, NTUC Xtra AMK, Toys’R’us, baby specialty stores and selected online baby stores.

For more information, Please check out Capella Strollers Facebook.

Disclaimer: We were invited to Capella Cony S230T Soft Launch and was gifted the Capella Cony S230T stroller for reviewing purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All views and opinions are our own.

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Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program

It’s the June holidays!! Official month long to drive the parents nuts. 😉

I am sure by now most parents would have already fully planned out their child’s holiday program, but just in case if there are anymore available slots in your child’s busy schedules……

The Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program is definitely one that is worthy of your attention.
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program Poster

You get to choose between learning the role of a lifeguard or a pool operator. In my opinion, they are both equally as fun and educational. So if you have the time, I’ll strongly suggest for you to participate in both programs.

To gain better understanding of the June 2013 holiday programs conducted by Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center, I’ve enrolled both kids into different programs.
Hiroshi would be the super duper cool lifeguard,
while Sophia would be the all-important-heroine-behind-the-scene pool operator.

Hiroshi listened intensely while the lifeguard Scheidegger D. explains the long list of daily duties which are required of a lifeguard to keep the swimmers safe in the pools.
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Lifeguard briefing

Lifeguards demonstrating how they would throw the float to a swimmer in distress.
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Lifeguards throwing floats

I didn’t know that our swimming pools were so well equipped for a medical emergency!!
Left to Right:
1. Daily First Aid Kit
2. Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
3. A machine that delivers Pure Oxygen to a drowning victim.
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Medical first aid equipment

Hiroshi finally gets to sit on the lifeguard’s chair!!
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Hiroshi on a lifeguard chair

Interesting lifeguard whistling facts we’ve learnt:
1. One short whistle: to alert swimmer that they are doing something dangerous.
2. Two short whistle: to alert another lifeguard.
3. One LONG whistle: EXTREME EMERGENCY (usually means someone’s in trouble!)

While Hiroshi was busy keeping the swimmers safe in the pool,
Sophia was busy making sure that the water in the pool is of a good quality!

She listened carefully to the pool operator John Lee. Occasionally widening her eyes, surprise to learn how the water was tested 5 times a day to ensure that the water quality is safe for the swimmers.
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Pool Operator John Lee briefing

Sophia takes her job as a Pool Operator very seriously! She collected samples from the swimming pool and checked the PH levels against the charts. You’ll be glad to know that our pools are SAFE!!

You know they had FUN with that great big smile smacked right across their faces!!
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Happy Participants

Rumbling stomach was satisfied by Pasta Mania.
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Pasta Mania for rumbling stomachs

Found a quirky Milk Shake shop; Once Upon a Milk Shake
Ordered Cookies & Cream Milk Shake and love it to bits!!
Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program | Once upon a milk shake (cookies and cream)

And most importantly, this programme is FREE of CHARGE!!
Strongly recommended for kids between 6 – 12 years old,
and is available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday starting from 3 June 2013 with 5 sessions each day.

Check out Paris Ris Sports & Recreational Center Facebook Page for more details.

Disclaimer: We were invited to Pasir Ris Sports & Recreational Center June 2013 Holiday Program. No monetary compensation was received. All views and opinions are our own.

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Fashion Friday: Mabelline Lasting Drama Pen Gel Liner

When I saw this product at Watson. I knew I had to get it!
I had enough with tiny jar gel eyeliner which tend to dry out
due to frequent opening and closing of the lid.

Gel liner in a pen form! Ingenious!!
The applicator tip is made out of silicon.
Firm enough for easy application, but yet gentle on the lids.
The slant on the silicon applicator also made application of drama-mama winged eyeliner a walk in the park.

I would suggest that you click sparingly, 1-2 clicks is all I need per eyelid.
Start from the center of the lid and spread the product out.

I’ve wore this eyeliner for close to 24 hours and it didn’t bulge an inch!
(disclaimer: I got dry eyelids!!)

I am going really DRAMATIC winged today!
(You don’t have to…. You can stand on the safe side!)

Do let me your thoughts about the Maybelline Lasting Pen Gel Liner OR
perhaps even share one of your cannot-live-without Liners…..

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
― Coco Chanel

Linking up with Felicia Tan from Princess and the Rock

Fashion Friday
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