Life is So Colourful Yet Fragile… And Short

It was the Chinese New Year right now in Singapore and everyone is celebrating the festive season for the past few days. However, our joy was quickly brought down by a phone call – a sudden death of a close business associate. He suffered a heart attack few hours ago and died. Not only being my dad’s close friend for almost three decades, he has also been a mentor in life and business. While during my two years stay in Osaka, Japan, he had also been a teacher and close uncle whom has taken good care of me.

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The shocking news has definitely saddened my entire family. Before was the days where we had dinner together and chatting happily and the next moment, he has left us for the other world.

I suddenly felt that life seems to be so fragile. Two weeks ago, one of my close business associate had passed away too. It seems that time is passing so fast that we are missing a lot of things around us, especially friendship and kinship. Has the world changed or simply because we changed ?

Rest in Peace and we will remember you always Uncle Jack.

Coffee Break at Made By Lauren Jasmine on Amoy Street

Made By Lauren Jasmine is a new concept store that combines its namesake label with a cafe, to give you a one stop location to shop, eat and drink. Housed in a cozy shophouse on Amoy Street, the frontage is a cafe with 2-3 tables that patrons can sit down to enjoy a cup of aromatic coffee and dessert.

Right at the back alley of the shophouse, you will be able to see the boutique shop. Lauren Jasmine is a local work wear label which was conceptualized and co-designed by Singaporeans Hazel and Liyana who had inspiration to design chic, work-appropriate fashion that are in favour of a corporate look.  The area is lined with ornaments and dresses, of course you can pick and bring it home, with a price.


Conclusion

Having a coffee on a quiet afternoon at Amoy Street is definitely one of the most relaxed activity you could do to break away from the bustling city and settling yourself in the cafe, enjoying a cup of aromatic coffee and a delicacy pastry.

Will There Be Chances to Go Marienplatz in Munich Again ?


A quiet street in the night near Munich city centre.
I was digging through my photo archive while I found some photos (though poorly using my iPhone 4) while I was at Munich for a tradeshow in 2013. It was early in the evening and we took a cab down the city centre to search for food – something oriental. We ended up in a Japanese restaurant owned by an authentic Japanese that cooks really decent Japanese food, but of course comes at an expensive price tag. Since it was still early after the dinner, we took a stroll along the main street.


Magnificent view of Marienplatz.

The weather was cold but the streets were still filled with people, many sitting outside the bars and pubs, enjoying their beer and chatting away happily. While at the same time, there was many road construction going on and we had to navigate through congested bends and cross roads. Unknowingly, we have landed ourselves at Marienplatz (or Mary’s Square), a central square in the city centre of Munich. Standing in front of the central square was the Neues Rathaus, an majestic historical building that will awed any passerby will the Munich Glockenspiel (above photo) that stood tall along the building horizon will slow down your footsteps to admire the beauty of its details.

We continued our walk along Neuhauser Street and it seems like it is coming to an end of the street, resembling leaving an ancient city through its gothic gate and fortified walls. It really kept in pondering, what was the actual look of this entire place in the past..

We have reached the end of the street and landed again in a large square. After searching through the internet, I get to know it was named Karlsplatz in 1797, after the unpopular Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria while many called it Stachus. It really looks like a splendid location to gather with some friends, sitting down and chatting the night away. I just could not imagine how lively this square will be during daytime.

Although I have been used to traveling around, Europe was not my cup of tea as I had to endure long hours of flight, the same experience I had when traveling to Las Vegas last year. Hope perhaps I could be back here for holidays to explore more about this foreign land.

MasterChef Asia has arrived Singapore !

Photo by MasterChef Asia.

After the popular cooking competition hits USA, Australia and other part of the world, MasterChef has finally arrived in Asia !

Set to be filmed in Singapore, the 15-episode series will feature three judges alongside contestants selected from across Asia, A+E Networks Asia said in a news release on Thursday (Feb 12). The judges will be released at a later date, but US and Australian editions of the hit series feature popular celebrity such as +Gordon Ramsay and +George Calombaris.

MasterChef Asia will debut on Lifetime later this year, and it is presented by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Knorr, in association with Panasonic and Changi Airport Group.



Assistant Chief Executive of STB, Lynette Pang said:”Even as we celebrate our multi-cultural culinary heritage, this new series will help highlight a new generation of future Asian and Singaporean MasterChefs. Against the backdrop of our vibrant cityscape and culinary gems such as hawker centres and celebrity chef restaurants, viewers can look forward to a showcase of Singapore’s best culinary delights today.”

Those interested to be the first ever MasterChef from Asia, you can submit for your audition video at masterchefasia.com from now until March 5th.

Source: Channel NewsAsia

Mango Dessert at Chinatown Point’s Mei Heong Yuen Dessert

After a delightful dinner, we decided to go for desserts to sweeten up our tastebud after a collagen filled steamboat at Bijin Nabe Steamboat. The dessert shop was located in the same building at B2 level.

It was almost 9pm, but the crowd is still there. We first find a good seating before ordering and paying for our desserts at the counter near the shop front.

Mango lovers, Mango Snow Ice will be a perfect dessert for you ! Mango snow ice with chunks of fresh mango will just satisfy your appetite for mango.

The Chendol Snow Ice is a new innovation for the traditional dessert. The coconut milk ice was shaved into thin layers and with other main ingredients generously spread across the plate. Whlie the Gula Melaka (Palm Sugar Syrup) is available over the counter and you can just pour the amount according to your taste.

Another great hit for mango lovers. The Mango with Pomelo & Sago. I believe that taste would not be of much difference from those served in other dessert shops, but usually during ordering of the dessert, the person will inform you that the mango might be sweet or slightly sour. Great service.

One of Mei Heong Yuan’s signature dessert – Mango Pudding. Matter of fact that we actually went down to Chinatown Point again to eat the dessert. May not has the best of appearance in the plastic cup, but tasted fantastic.

I might be slightly traditional and I ordered the Water Chestnut Cakes. The texture is close to agar agar with strips of chestnut. The dessert is very cooling, especially if you just took it out from the fridge. A good dessert for hot weather in Singapore.

Conclusion


After two continuous days of dessert-ing at Mei Heong Yuen, they have really re-invented traditional desserts into new looks but keeping its original taste. Great dessert at a reasonable price.

Mei Heong Yuan Dessert
#B2-32/33, Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 65383892
www.meiheongyuendessert.com.sg

Operating Hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm daily.

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Visit to Hei Sushi – Singapore’s First Halal Sushi Belt Restaurant

It was in the late afternoon while my girlfriend and I needs to draw some cash and the only ATM machines near my house was at Sakae building at Tai Seng. While strolling along the building, we have saw this restaurant, a halal certified sushi belt restaurant and decided to give it a go. Perhaps it was Sunday and not dinner time, the crowd was not that much.

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We are more curious rather then hungry, therefore only ordered a small portion of food.


Conclusion

I would not say that the food are of the best quality and freshness and the most disappointing was the fried sushi which was a total disaster. Instead of being piping hot and crunchy, it turns out to be cold and soggy. Seems like it has been prepared some time ago. Price are not cheap either. With just a few dish and drinks, the bill churned out to be close to S$ 50.00 for 2 pax.

Hei Sushi
#01-02, 28 Tai Seng Street
Singapore 534106
Tel: +65 6382 1494
www.heisushi.com

Operating Hours:
11.30am to 9.00pm daily (excluding Public Holidays)

They also do have some other outlets scattered around Singapore at Sembanwang Shopping Centre, Downtown East, IMM (Kiosk) and Bedok Point