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Humble Meal VS Atas Meal at Kai Garden

A myriad of dining options awaits us at the newly renovated Marina Square, but for today, we’re checking out Kai Garden, a restaurant that specialises in fine Cantonese cuisine. Owner and Executive Chef Fung Chi Keung heads the kitchen at Kai Garden. An award-winning chef whose inimitable style and sumptuous dishes have placed him among the elite of much sought-after chefs in Singapore.

The first thing we noticed at the entrance of Kai Garden was the uber grand function room that accommodates up to 60 seats. Perfect for Ah Mah and Ah Gong “BIG” birthday bash! Chef Fung and his team can even create a menu according to your unique specifications. So steady hor! Ah Mah and Ah Gong sure happy one loh!
Kai Garden Function Room

Apart from the spacious main dining hall which overlooks the beautiful skyline of Marina Bay, there are also 4 other private rooms for smaller parties of 4 to 16 people.
Kai Garden at Marina Square

We embark on the journey of a humble family meal (家常便饭) at Kai Garden as Chef Fung unviels the brand new Family Favourites menu that harks back to his past. A reminder of comfort home-cooked meals that he relished while growing up in Hong Kong.

First up, inconspicuous braised home-made dace with black bean sauce that brought back many nostalgic memories. Canned dace with black beans used to be my favorite. But we stopped eating canned dace quite a few years back due to a food scare. As compared to canned dace, the ones from Kai Garden are distinctively meatier and has a better texture. It was also significantly less salty. Served over a bed of pickled mango, this is seriously the ultimate appetizer! ($11.80)
Kai Garden dace fish Cantonese food

I raised my brows while reading the menu. An unusual union of chicken and flower crab. Chef Fung deliberately used kampung chicken in this dish so that its FIRM texture and slight gamey flavors would be a nice contrast to the sweet tasting flower crab. We were all given plastic gloves so that we could devour our flower crab with finesse. Nice touch, feeling damn atas! $48.00(Half), $88(Whole)
Kai Garden Braised Chicken with Flower crab

Tiger prawns were sautéed together with fish maw and abalone sauce, a savory dish brimming with rich flavors of the sea. The sauce was so good that Hiroshi loudly proclaimed that he was going to finish his rice with just the sauce alone! ($35.00)
Kai Garden Sauteed Prawns with dried fish maw

I’m feeling meh about this one. Perhaps, just personal preference since the BlogFather says this one melts in the mouth like a savory cream. I was hoping for something more savory like dried shrimps on top of those baked eggplant rather than Chef Fung’s tangy sweet and sour sauce which was topped with fluffy pork floss. ($18.00)
Kai Garden Baked Whole Eggplant with Special Sauce

Thick slices of filleted garoupa, stir-fried with tofu and bamboo shoots, served in a stone pot to lock in the harmony of full flavours. Loving all the different texture all in one dish! ($38.00)
Kai Garden Wok fried garoupa fillet with spring onion served in stone pot

Tender pork ribs were marinated and prepared with Chef Fung’s secret seasoning. It is then pre-fried to achieve that perfect crisp and finished in a caramelised glaze of honey pepper sauce topped with almond flakes for that added crunch factor. Ho Ho Sek! ($22.00)
Kai Garden Grilled Pork Ribs in Special Honey Pepper sauce

We heard that the dessert chef sit air-ro-plane come from Thailand one leh. Clearly explains all the Thai influences in the dessert menu. The mango and coconut milk sticky rice is as authentic as you can get without flying all the way to Thailand. $10.80
Kai Garden Mango and coconut milk sticky rice

Sweet temptation is great for people who are indecisive or watching their diet. A sampler portion of 3 different tantalizing desserts and a wee bit of fruits. 1. Chilled mango puree with sago and pomelo. 2. Chilled coconut puree 3. Chilled aloe vera with lemongrass jelly in lime lemonade and sour plum. Love the last one many many, coz sour sour. Super refreshing! $15.00
Kai Garden Sweet Temptation

The humble meal was great but all my dinning companions were craving to explore the full potential of Chef Fung. We all went back to Kai Garden within the same week of the invited tasting. But this time round, we paid out of our own pockets for this ATAS meal!

Judging from the looks of this dish, I was expecting sweet tasting cherries. But my taste buds were greeted with delicate buttery chilled foie gras instead. Instagram worthy! ($24.00)
Kai Garden Cherry Foie Gras

Apart from presenting a perfectly roasted Peking duck, we were also introduced to 5 different accompanying sauces. Traditional, Black Pepper, Sesame, Seafood, and a Special Mixed sauce specially prepared by Chef Fung. I enjoyed the aromatic black pepper sauce as well as the seafood one which has bits of crab meat incorporated into it.
Kai Garden Peking Duck

This dish was also served with a choice of 5 different skins; Original, Pumpkin, Spinach, Bamboo Charcoal, and Beetroot skin. Aesthetically pleasing, but it does nothing to alter the flavors of this Peking duck dish. 5 unique wraps accompanied by 5 flavorful dipping sauces. Was Chef Fung gunning for a perfect 10 (食全食美) in this signature dish? Confirm + Guarantee nailed it loh! The crunchy rice cracker gave this dish added texture and the sauce complimented the crispy Peking duck skin exquisitely. Uniquely Kai Garden (Half: $48.00)
Kai Garden Peking Duck

Being Cantonese means my late grandma would never allow anyone off the dining table until we polish up our soup served at each meal. The true test to a good Cantonese restaurant is through it’s soup! We wanted something that would make a dramatic entrance and wow our senses. Lo and behold, WHAT THE FISH is that!
Kai Garden Garoupa in Lobster Soup

Generous thick slices of Garoupa poached in lobster stock! (Damn ATAS right?!?) It’s priced at $20 per 100grams. Think this should be a seasonal priced item on the menu. Before you get a rude shock when you see your receipt, this “WOW FACTOR” cost us a whopping $160!

The freshness of garoupa shines through in this soup! Flesh of the garoupa is QQ one leh! When served together with flavorful rich lobster soup, it’s a match made in culinary heaven!
Kai Garden Garoupa in Lobster Soup

This is one siew mai that makes the cut and exceeds my expectation! Thin skin, thick filling. First steamed to perfection then pan-fried with a Japanese inspired glaze and finally topped with fresh roe. If there is only one thing that you die die must order from Kai Garden, THIS IS IT! ($8.80)

Having tasted both ends, from a humble to a atas meal at Kai Garden, I hereby declare that Chef Fung is culinary talented! Like damn bloody godly talented can?!? Each dish (No matter humble or atas) is presented with the chef’s renowned style and interpretations of heritage Cantonese classics. Interesting twist to old classic. Love it!

My final parting words?
GOT TO HAVE THAT SIEW MAI AGAIN!

Kai Garden

Kai Garden at Marina Square

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Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, #03-128A/128B, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
For reservations: +65 6250 4826

Disclaimer: We were invited to experience Chef Fung’s humble selection of Family Favorite meal through an invited media tasting session at Kai Garden for the purpose of this review. However, the atas meal we had at Kai Garden were paid for through our own pockets. #AhSoh血汗钱 #AhSoh买菜钱 All photos and opinions are ours. No monetary compensation was received.

Ultimate guide to i Light Marina Bay 2016

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i Light Marina Bay, Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival, returns for its fourth edition to illuminate Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay. Themed ‘In Praise of Shadows’, the 2016 edition features 25 innovative and environmentally sustainable light art installations by creative talents from around the world. Through the use of intelligent lighting, the Marina Bay waterfront will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic display of light, colour, shadows and play for people of all ages to enjoy.

To promote an environmentally-responsible behaviour for a sustainable future, the participating artists have incorporated the use of recyclable materials and adopted energy-efficient lighting technologies in the creation of their stunning light art installations. Every aspect of the festival will adopt a more effective and efficient management of resources to meet this commitment to the environment.

Beyond its spectacular showcase of visual art and urban space, the festival also offers a dynamic line-up of events and programmes over four weekends. With eclectic performances, delectable outdoor dining options, engaging workshops and more, i Light Marina Bay 2016 presents a multi-sensory experience with something for all.

i Light Marina Bay map
i Light Marina Bay 2016 Map

Art Installation Location
i light Marina Bay 2016 art installation location

Die Die MUST see Art Installation

What a Loving & Beautiful World by teamLab (Japan)
Location: ArtScience Museum

First carved in tortoiseshell, ox and deer bone, and bronzeware, Chinese characters were said to each contain their own world. Projected on the facade of the ArtScience Museum, viewers can participate by ‘swiping’ the Chinese characters onto the facade of the building using a web application. The result is a colourful, multi-sensory experience that continuously evolves as images are released from these Chinese characters, while influencing and changing each other within its own immersive, computer-generated world.

Interact with this artwork at ilight.team-lab.com.

Lampshade by SnØhetta (Norway)
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay

i Light Marina Bay 2016 Lampshade

Lampshade is made of simple bamboo structures covered in photovoltaic cells to prevent sunlight from entering its interior in the day, while lighting up intensively at night with solar energy enough to power a thousand lamps. The installation challenges the perception of artificial light as an element that is dependent on its energy source, and invites visitors to discover links in harnessing sunlight and the eventual electric light.

Made to be both socially and environmentally friendly, the lamps used in this installation will be donated to off-grid communities after its display while the bamboo structure and its light fixtures will be recycled as construction scaffolding.

Light Origami by KAZ Shirane (Japan)
Location: OUE Bayfront (15)

 

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Light Origami invites viewers to explore reality by entering a giant 3D kaleidoscope. The domed structure is bathed in light and constructed using over 320 origami shapes made from mirrored panels to show what light can look like when folded like paper. Changing spectrums of light are projected within the space, mirrored in the facets of the space while creating an entrancing kaleidoscope of light.

Angels of Freedom by Gaston Zahr and Merav Eithan (Germany & Israel)
Location: The Promontory @ Marina Bay (12)

I shot straight on with the beautiful skyline of Marina Bay Sands right behind me…
i Light Marina Bay Angels of Freedom

While Santo took this shot at a lower angle to include more of the beautiful skyline.

 

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Five sets of giant, colourful wings invite visitors to come close and interact with the symbolic angels. This installation seeks to remind visitors of their true selves and to always remain connected to loved ones and those who matter.

Most importantly, wear sensible shoes and have fun exploring all 25 brilliant art installation.

Make sure you strategically plan your route so that you could end up at the Häagen-Dazs pop-up Royal Tea Salon at The Promontory to end your night with a sweet note. Try the new Royal Milk Tea or Green Tea flavour, absolutely love the robust tea fragrant! I heard they have ALCOHOL served with ice cream too! Ultimate indulgence!!
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For more updated information about i Light Marina Bay 2016, please visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/marinabaysg.
Download i Light Marina Bay 2016 Festival Guide Here.

My Little Pony Friendship Run 2016

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My childhood sounded kinda deprived as I’m completely oblivious to My Little Pony even though the popular cartoon series was introduced in the early 1980s. I’ve only started pony-pedia when Sophia requested for a My Little Pony themed cake during her 6th birthday. I swear it was literately a crash course recognising ponies and their cutie marks! #ThingsMothersDo!
My Little Pony Themed cupcakes

Although her support now wavers between My Little Pony and The Littlest Pet Shop, I knew she would be mad excited about the inaugural My Little pony Friendship run! Totally lovin’ all the pony-rific exclusive plush toys from the event! #NotSponsored #AhSoh血汗钱

I thought it would be fun to go for the run as our favorite ponies and Sophia agrees. Sophia wants to be Twilight Sparkle and I’ll be the ever cheerful Pinkie Pie!

I’ve used light weight air dried clay for my pony ears and unicorn horns. Jumping clay works really well for this too. I got all my clay supplies from Art Friend at Plaza Singapura or Bras Basah Complex. After drying out, I would strongly suggest putting your ears and unicorn horn on a hairband or alligator hair clip with SUPERGLUE. (Hot glue is pretty useless here!)

In this time and age, you could learn everything from YouTube…

Instructions to My Little Pony Ears

Instructions to My Little Pony Unicorn Horns

We made it. Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie reported live from My Little Pony Friendship Run at Palawan Beach last Sunday! Our very first time cosplaying, but it was seriously a hell lot of fun!
My Little Pony Friendship Run 2016

You cannot call this a friendship run if your #BFF ain’t there! We’ve got Rainbow Dash flagging us off alongside with Mr Vernon Lee, Business Development Director of Medialink Singapore.

Insanely magical when we ran past a zone with a gazillion bubbles that fills the air!
My Litle Pony Friendship Run 2016

Hey Rainbow Dash we’re going somewhere over the rainbow!
And the dreams that you dreamed of… Dreams really do come true…
My Little Pony FriendShip Run 2016

I might not be the conventional mom who dishes out parenting advice… But I believe in sharing a child’s interest, experiencing crazy stuff together for the first time and learning to laugh at one another would bring the relationship to a whole new level. Bottom line is, we both had fun at My Little Pony Friendship Run 2016, and we’ll always do it again in a heartbeat!

When in doubt, remember this… You’re born to stand out, so why fit in? Ignore the neigh-sayers, always give your best, live the fullest and have fun at whatever your do in life.

Another cute medal and beautiful memories added into my collection.
My Little Pony Friendship Run 2016

Thank you SPRG for the kind invitation to participate in My Little Pony Friendship Run 2016.

Secrets to effortlessly losing 3kg or more in 4 weeks with Absolute Slimming

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I’ve rejected many slimming blog engagement because I never felt I needed one anyway. But, after working full time, and realizing that my shift dress don’t glide down my hips like they did before, I panicked! Not too sure if age was catching up with metabolism rate slowing down or the constant sitting around in the office environment…

I’ve develop EXTRAs in areas that are less than desirable!

A holistic slimming program involving Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) methods such as 拔罐 (Cupping) and 刮痧 (scraping) peeked my interest, so I decided to try it for myself.

I was terrified of the cupping procedure before my treatment at Absolute Slimming, since my initial impression of traditional cupping has always been involved with fire, acupuncture needles and blood. But thank goodness, it’s completely different here at Absolute Slimming.

It’s actually pretty cool right here with the use of some new aged magnetic acupressure suction cups. Unlike traditional cupping, these harmless looking suction cups have blunt magnetic “needle” that sits on targeted acupuncture points. This in return mobilises blood flow resulting to more energised blood circulation. With that, it also helps improve metabolism and suppress appetite. Totally explains how I was able to get filled for less and stop with the binge eating.

I don’t get big angry bruises like traditional cupping methods. Mine are small like the ones you see in the image below. They take about a week to go off, but it varies from person to person. The cupping marks are an indicator of how much toxins there are in your blood. Cupping can draw the toxins out to the surface, which allows better circulation and improved metabolism.

 

Hey look! We’ve got the same #ootd! #windowdisplay #whoworeitbetter #whoworeitbest #onekmmall #tomandstefanie

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Scraping is a secondary method which complements cupping, maximizing the weight loss effects to its’ fullest potential. This method involves applying firm strokes to the body with a smooth-edged instrument. I have a very low trash hold for pain, so I often ask the ladies to spare me some mercy. Thank God, they normally oblige and go easy on me.
TCM Slimming GuaSha Abosolute Slimming

Apart from just cupping and scraping, diet played an important role in this TCM slimming treatment. I swear diet was the hardest part for a foodie like me!

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on the naughty food list:
Grains, Legumes, Nuts, Processed food & Fruits that are high in sugar or fat content.
In addition, I was only allowed to eat till 70% fullness and stop eating after 8pm.

Diets doesn’t get any easier when #gluttoncherieladie constantly sabotage you!!

I’ve faithfully followed the plan for the first 2 weeks, but the rest is history when I accidentally ate my colleague’s Ebi Rice Burger from MOS. I’ve also had an entire cheat week in Japan! Seriously thought this diet plan was spiraling to hell, but I was surprised to know that I still lost weight after eating “forbidden food” from my Japan trip! #AhSoh吃好料

The Results
I started the program weighing 56.9kg. The program ran 2 times weekly and lasted for a month. Finally ended the program with 53.7Kg. That’s losing 3.2kg in one short month. If that don’t impress you much, maybe these numbers would. Felt a significant difference in my waist, tummy and hips. And these hips don’t lie. 😛 *Sings like Shakira*

CENTIMETER LOSS
Session Right Arm Left Arm Right Thigh Left Thigh Tummy Waist Hips
1 30 30 61 60.5 76 87.5 101
8 29 29 59 58.5 71 82 97

Image what could have been if I’ve been more discipline and strictly stick to the suggested diet?
Absolute Slimming Bugis Review

-UPDATE-
It’s been more than a month after completing the program at Absolute Slimming and my weight has been maintained in the 53kg region. #happylikehell #CNYcoming

What did loosing 3kg meant for me?
Being able to fit into some of my older clothes was a huge ego boost. I realized that I do not have to resign to fate that it’s a “norm” to expand sideways with age or after childbirth. I was motivated to do more. Apart from being more aware of what and how much I was taking in, I’ve also started running. If you’re having trouble kick starting your goals in weight loss, perhaps Absolute Slimming could work for you too.

Absolute Slimming Bugis
470 North Bridge Road
Bugis Cube #04-23
S188735
Tel: 6837 0640

Absolute Slimming Holland Village
211 Holland Avenue
Holland Road Shopping Centre #03-14
S278967
Tel: 6463 0360

Full Disclosure: I was invited to try out Absolute Slimming. No monetary compensation has been received. Views and opinion reflected on this blog post are my own and are no way influenced by anybody else.

The Sound of Music with JBL Charge 2+

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Unlike most people who has mothers to lull them sleep with lullabies,
I didn’t…
My mother was born mute.

Music played a big huge part of my life in learning to communicate verbally. When I was really young, my dad got me a cassette tape player and I’ll run the same songs repetitively.

As I grew older, I spent my entire first pay cheque from a part time job on a CD player and Micheal Jackson’s “Dangerous” album. (Yes! You could roughly guess how old I am!!)

These days, Spotify and a pair of good noise cancelling earphones are essential for me to get by the crowded peak hour train rides.

I was introduced to a whole range of audio products from Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG in a recent media event by IMS Marketing.

And this is just me being wacky with the JBL Charge2+ bluetooth speakers…
JBL Charge2+

This portable lightweight speaker weights only 600 grams but packs an incredible 6000mAh battery life that supports up to 12 hours of playtime and charges other devices via USB port.

That’s not it! The splash-proof design in JBL Charge2+ means I could finally bring the party everywhere I go, especially in my bathroom too… 😉 I’m a pretty good bathroom singer!

Check out the sound quality of JBL Charge2+
Music experience amplified by JBL Bass Radiators

JBL Charge2+ is also available in 8 exciting colors. Retails on Lazada.sg for $279.00 SGD.

Another product that caught my eyes was Harman Kardon SOHO wireless headphones. Beautifully made with stitched leather and stainless steel. Look classy effortlessly… We’ll never have to compromise style over substance ever again! Retails on Lazada.sg at $299.00 SGD.
Harman kardon SOHO Wireless

And finally, the AKG N90Q headphone is one that is specially made for the audiophile.
AKG N90 Headphones

Inspired by the legendary Grammy winner Quincy Jones, the AKG N90Q delivers the most accurate sound reproduction with TruNote auto calibration and active noise cancelling technologies. Truly the headphones that understands and listens to your ears…

Check out this video to learn about the technology behind AKG N90Q Headphone

The AKG N90Q has not reached the shores of Singapore,
but when it does… it will retail at a whopping price of $2199.00 SGD.

I don’t think I could ever live without music in my life… Could you?