“Cold” Dinner and Creme Brulee Dessert at Ice Edge Cafe

What a day ! Rain has just plagued the entire afternoon and it was still drizzling even in the late evening. The weather was cold and wind just blow relentlessly. I was picking up my girl friend from work and we are heading towards Ice Edge Cafe for a dessert. But since I have not taken my dinner, we headed for the main course as well.


ice edge cafe seabassSea Bass – Seared Seabass, watercress Rissotto, edamame beans, tomato salsa and Lemon scent. Price $20.80.

The Seabass are pan-seared to golden brown on the outside while the locking the tenderness and juice of the fish meat within. Rissotto tasted slightly salty, but a good combination with the fish.

BBQ Pork Ribs. Ice Edge’s Special smoky BBQ baby pork ribs, roasted potatoes and salad. Price: $21.80.

Comes in a big serving (about 5-6 spare ribs). The pork ribs are covered with peppery BBQ sauce and the meat is tender. Potatoes are nicely roasted to golden brown as well. However, after eating half portion of the pork ribs, I started to get sick of the taste, maybe due to the overwhelming taste of BBQ sauce. Overall, the meat is good and I think should be sharing dish for two.

Fish “n” Chips. Ice Edge Fish “n” Chips served with fries, side salad and Tartar sauce. Price: $14.80.

My sister came to joined us for the dinner and ordered a main as well. The herbs battered fish is nicely fried to golden brown while still locking great flavours inside. Fries are very crispy as well. A dash of lemon is sufficient to make the fish more than delicious. Goes well with or without the Tartar sauce. Recommended for Fish “n” Chips lovers.

Creme Brulee with Two Scoop of Ice Cream. Price: $15.30.

We have chosen Belgian dark chocolate and Salted Caramel ice cream to go with the Creme Brulee. The Creme Brulee was served cold instead of warm, maybe it is Ice Edge’s way for the dessert. The Salted Caramel ice cream is really salty and took away taste of chocolate. Feels like eating a mouthful of ice seawater whenever I inserted a spoonful into my mouth. Belgian chocolate was a beauty. Dark chocolate with a hint of bitterness, good to counter the sweetness of the Brulee.

For those that are interested in desserts that they are serving, you can also take a look at my previous visit at Ice Edge Cafe for Mao Shan Wang Durian Lava Cake and 2 Scoop Profiterole.

Ice Edge Cafe
#01-10/11 Simon Plaza
2 Kovan Road
Singapore 548008
Opening Hours: 12pm to 12am daily (Last order at 11.20pm)
www.iceedgecafe.com.sg

Correct Images Sizes for Different Social Media

I believe that when anyone was excited to update his or her social media profile picture or page after a incredible photoshoot with your beloved girl friend, you find it hard to adjust the correct length, width or height of the photos that fits into that small window.

Supposedly, it takes only 5 minutes to complete the simple task but it drags almost the entire afternoon just to get the alignment right. Is any facing this problem ? (Hands up please !)

Definitely, like anyone that is viewing this post at this moment, I had my difficulties and thought that it will be good to share these information which I have found from the internet. I will only briefly touch on the general dimensions so you might have to read up a bit from the respective links.

Below are a list of social media which I have found to have the solutions to your problem.

Facebook Page

Want to have your logo sitting nicely in the centre and background picture with the optimised settings just like I did for my Berishiok spa blog ? I have found out from one of the PagesSizesDimensions Facebook Page that has been updating the changes that Facebook are making on their pages design.



Below are the latest changes made.
The optimum size for profile image and background for facebook page. (Note this picture is not to scale).

Profile Photo: 180px x 180px.
Cover Photo: Width: 851px x 315px.

Most of the other details can be seen on the image above.

Google+ Profile & Page

Although Google+ does have their own support page, but I think it will still be quite difficult to understand without any pictorial aid. I searched through the internet and found David Coleman Photography who provided a more comprehensive explanation of the Google+ Profile & Page image settings.

Profile Photo: 120px x 120px
Cover Photo:1080px x 608px. (aspect ratio of 135:76, very close to 16:9) This is the ideal size, for smaller size you can use 480px x 270px and largest is 2120px x 1192px.

One of the important point that David Coleman pointed out was that Google+ applies pretty heavy compression to the JPEG photos for the cover photo, it will be the best that an PNG-24 image (.png format) is uploaded. Just take note it might take a little while longer to load the pictures for some users with slow connection speed.

crane wikipedia google plus page imageThat is how I did it exactly for my crane blog, Crane Wikipedia

Hope that this post is beneficial to those searching for a solutions.

Han Shi Fang – Steamboat and BBQ King at Upper Paya Lebar Road (汉食坊)

Han Shi Fang at Upper Paya Lebar

Apart from the Saturday Cafe that has opened recently near my house, another new Chinese steamboat restaurant, Han Shi Fang has surfaced along the same street. Apparently there was not much crowd due to its new opening, but we decided to give it a try as the steamboat looks decent.


The restaurant was not lavishly decorated and the interior looks more like a family-styled setting. Just felt some homely in here.

Herbal Soup Base (left) and Pork Rib Soup Base (right).

The concept is slightly different and it incorporates steamboat and BBQ together. While most of the steamboat restaurants are offering one soup base with BBQ, they are able to split the soup pot into two sections and offer more varieties of soup base, offering greater choices for your tastebud.
Of course, if you are looking into their Pork Ribs Soup Base and Herbal Soup Base, you will need to pay an additional of S$10 each for the soup base.

Unlike conventional steamboat, they are using ceramic pot, which takes longer time to heat up but also longer time to cool down.

What a feast ! Meat, Veggies and Seafood for only S$58.

Since we are not sure what to order, we went for the set meal which is S$58 for 2 person. In addition of their new opening, they are giving 10 % discount on the set meal which we thought it is very reasonable price.  That mounts up to a dozen of dishes including veggies, pork, lamb and seafood as well. One of the feature for the seafood, the prawn and crab are prepare alive, meaning to say it is still wriggle its legs while being served onto the table ! Those shown above are only a portion of the dishes and there was more to come later. Check out the live seafood below.

The live seafood  – Prawns and Crab.

Conclusion

Overall food experience was good. The staff are friendly and they served food in generous portion based on the price tag for the set meal. One of the must try dishes will also be their handmade dumpling which tasted really good.
Han Shi Fang – Steamboat and BBQ King (汉食坊-汤烤火锅王)
331 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 534949
Tel: +65 82238976

Opening Hours:
Till 11am daily

Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint – Zhu Jiang Style Roast Meat

Even before lunchtime, there were already people queuing up to buy their special roast meat.

I was out with my colleague for a meeting with a client and it was near Upper Paya Lebar therefore we decided to lunch somewhere nearby. Throughout the years staying in Paya Lebar area, I have passed by the eatery almost every time I drove home and yet did not manage to have a taste of it. Finally, today we decided to give it a try. We was lucky because we queued up minutes before crowd came pouring into the shop for lunch

History of Kay Lee Roast Meat

The history dated back as early as 1931 when the first generation, Mr Ha, the father acquired “Zhu Jiang Style Roast” recipes in Guangzhou, China. In 1940, the father setup a stall in Old People Park, Chinatown. 20 years later, the recipes and cooking methods as passed down to his son, Mr. Ha Wai Kay, whom and continued the business. The second generation Mr. Ha and her wife setup a stall in 1974 in “Gong Seak Gai” (Current Chinatown) as a small stall known as Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint in a coffee shop known as Wantat Eating House which was forced to move to 189 Upper Paya Lebar Road due to Governments’Acquisition. In 2003, they moved again to 125 Upper Paya Lebar Road. Inherited with knowledge of uniquely spiced roasts, they made their fame in the neighbourhood which was still popular even till today.

In October 2014, the couple decided to sell the eatery to a conglomerate Aztech Group at a price tag of $4 million as their two children do not wish to continue this business. The deal finally came in two and a half years after they was put up for sale with an asking price of $3.5 million, with its recipe alone going for $2 million.

Related: Jie Bakery And Confectionery – Three Decades Of Traditional Bread



A plate of succulent mixed roasted meat right in front of me

We ordered a plate of mix of roasted duck, char siew and pork belly to share among two of us. Although it cost as a whopping $24, but I think it was definitely worthwhile.

The duck was simply fantastic. Although the skin was crispy and much to our surprise, the meat was tender and flavourful. You can taste a tint of herb taste without any bitterness.

Next was the Char Siew which really stands out of the crowd. The style was similar to those we can eat in Malaysia which the outer coating is in dark colour instead of the normal red coloured Char Siew we eat around Singapore. Although there were slightly more fats on it, but it does not stop me from popping it one by one into my mouth with a spoon of gravy filled rice. By the way, the gravy alone could maybe just make you eat a bowl of rice or two without the meats, it is that good.

Preservation Of A Heritage Brand

Although there were people who thought their taste will be much affected by the buy-over, the quality of food has definitely been sustained. While the couple Madam Betty Kong and Mr. Ha Wai Kay will still continue to work at the eatery without a deadline until the chefs are familiar with the recipes and cooking method. Meanwhile, Aztech Group plans to open at least 10 casual restaurants under Kay Lee name mostly in heartland malls in the next two years. One of the outlets that has been opened recently was at Suntec City Mall, Level 2.

For those that are keen to try out their duck specialty and roasted meat, below are their original outlet address and information.

Kay Lee Roast Meat Joint
125 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 534838
Tel: +65 6743 8778
www.kayleeroastmeatjoint.com

Operating Hours
Everyday from 10.30am to 8.30pm

Looking To Get A Massage in Jungle ? Try Masego The Safari Spa at SAFRA Jurong


Masego The Safari Spa is an Oasis in the West whereby you can enjoy a delightful departure from the daily grind. Relax and rejuvenate in their holistic wellness therapies. Encamped with 14 canopied tents, you can immerse yourself in true tranquility amidst a native and natural resort setting.

Try out their signature body massage treatment, Tropical Abyss Deep-Tissue Massage to unlock and relieve the tension and fatigue. Deep-tissue kneading and manipulation targets tense muscle group.

Otherwise, you can also try out their Empress Jade Facial premium treatment which uses unblemished chilled jade rollers to massage and improve micro-circulation, revealing revitalized ans supple-new skin.

Masego, The Safari Spa

SAFRA Jurong
333 Boon Lay Way, Level 3, Leisure Wing
Singapore 649848
Tel: +65 6790 1661
Opening Hours: Till 1am daily
www.masego.com.sg

Updated on 10th October 2014

My Happy Feet at Holland Village



WEEKDAY FIRST TIMER PROMOTION! $38 (Usual price $55)
for 30min of Imperial Foot Therapy
+ CHOICE OF
30min of Back & Shoulder; or
30min of Head & Face; or
30min of Hand & Arm
$48 (Usual price $68 ~ $78)
CHOICE OF
60min of Acupressure Renewal (Full Body Massage); or
60min of Swedish De-Stress (Full Body Massage)

ACUPRESSURE RENEWAL

Finger pressure techniques are used to stimulate the acupoints on the chi meridians on your body to relieve general stiffness, release blocked energy channels, and improve blood & lymphatic circulation. An “ancient healing massage” that stimulates the body’s natural self-healing abilities for general wellness.

30 min – $38 60min – $68 90 min – $95 120min – $118

SWEDISH DE-STRESS

Long, smooth strokes, kneading & tapping techniques are used to relieve muscle tension & pain, increase flexibility & mobility, and improve circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to your body tissues. A great “beginner’s massage” for stress relief, deep relaxation, and lots of pampering.

60min – $78 90min – $108 120min – $135

AROMA DELIGHT

Combines Swedish Massage with the use of 100% pure essential oils to ease tension, strengthen the immune system, relieve minor ailments, and promote psychological & emotional well being. A “therapeutic massage” that harnesses the healing properties of aromatic oils to awaken your senses.
60min – $88 90min – $125 120min – $155
BODYWORKS
~ Specialty Therapies ~

DEEP TISSUE RECOVERY
Combines Swedish Massage techniques with direct deep pressure to break down bands of painful, rigid tissues in your muscles, tendons and ligaments. This relieves pain, restores normal movement, and aids injury recovery. A “problem solving massage” that fixes all your stiffness, tightness, soreness & more.

60min – $88 90min – $125 120min – $155

LYMPHATIC DETOX

Gentle, rhythmical strokes are used to stimulate your body’s lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste, toxins & bacteria. Also encourages fluid circulation & cell regeneration. A “deep cleansing massage” that detoxes the body, facilitates healing, and stimulates the body’s vital immune defenses.

60min – $88 90min – $125 120min – $155

HOT STONES DELUXE

Heated basalt stones are used to massage your body to warm & relax your tense muscles, improve circulation, and calm the nervous system. The stones are then placed on the “energy centers” of your body to improve energy flow. The perfect “indulgence massage” to rebalance your body, mind & spirit.

60min – $98 90min – $135

~ ADD ON ~

AROMATIC INDULGENCE

Enhance your experience by adding 100% pure essential oils to the specialty therapies for the ultimate indulgence.

$15
FOOTWORKS

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IMPERIAL FOOT THERAPY
Foot reflexology is based on the ancient principle that your organs are connected to reflex points on your feet. Pressure point techniques are used to focus on these reflex points, to release blocked energy channels, and stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. The perfect therapy for general wellness.

30min – $28
40min – $35
60min – $45

ROYAL FOOT BATH

Our foot baths are infused with Chinese herbs to promote blood circulation, reduce aches & pains, and remove “wind” & “dampness” in your feet.

A-la-carte – $12 Add On – $9
QUICK FIXES

BACK & SHOULDER
Focuses on “problem areas” on your upper torso. Get rid of all your tension, knots & aches in your muscles, tendons & ligaments in a NO FRILLS fashion.

HAND & ARM
Focuses on the reflex points on your hands & fingers, and soothing, long strokes on your arms, to relieve aches & tension, and restore energy flow.

HEAD & FACE
Focuses on the acupoints on your head and face, to improve blood circulation, relieve stress and promote deep relaxation. Extremely pampering!

30min – $35 Every additional 10min at $10 (beyond 30min)

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FISH SPA
Dr Fish is famous for their ability to treat symptoms of skin conditions. The Garra Rufa species originates from Turkey, where high temperature in the rivers make it difficult for nutrients to thrive. Dr Fish learns to feed on dead or scabby skin for survival.

Put your legs in a warm pool, with thousands of hungry Garra Rufas nibbling on the most crusty, flaky, scabby parts of your skin. Dr Fish are toothless… they nibble or lick but THEY DO NOT BITE! (Phew…)

Dr Fish will be happy to zoom in on your old epidermis to reveal a glowing, buffed, and fresh layer of skin. Enjoy exfoliation without scrubs & files and feel the “micro massage” on your feet. But be warned – it’s loads of fun, it’s addictive…and it works!

15min – $18
30min – $28

Spa Information

My Happy Feet
29C Lorong Liput (Holland Village MRT)
Singapore 277740
(Above 363 Katong Laksa, Opposite Parisilk, and Provence)
Tel: +65 6462 0525
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 11am to 9pm, Sat & Public Holidays Eve: 10am to 10pm, Sun & Public Holidays: 10am to 9pm
http://www.myhappyfeet.com.sg/

Babies Bellies – Javanese Massage & Spa Specially for Mummies

Photo by Babies Bellies.

The founder decided to set up Babies Bellies Javanese Massage and Spa after her positive experience of Jamu pre and post natal massage. The treatment not only helped her maintained her figure and also achieved weight reduction after pregnancy. She hired certified masseurs with many years of experience to help mothers experience overall body wellness. Though the spa focuses on pre-natal and post-natal massage, they also provide tummy trimming treatment, wraps, facials, manicure & pedicure.

Additionally, they are affiliated to certified and licensed Chinese nannies and Chinese confinement meals. If you are a mother looking to satisfy pre-natal and post-natal pregnancy needs, Babies Bellies will definitely to be your one stop choice of health and wellness.

Babies Bellies services include body firming and tummy trimming treatment, pre and post natal massage and a variety of other massage services, which are available for men too! It seems like an ideal place to be at for couples, where the wives can keep in shape while the hubbies can enjoy some relaxation as well!

Babies Bellies’ website is both informational and welcoming, and it certainly provides a pretty good first impression of its massage and spa. It would be most interesting to hear from you if you have tried their Javanese massage, especially those who have tried a pre or post natal massage. So do feel free to leave comments or post a review for us to share your personal experience!

Babies Bellies at Golden Landmark

No. 390 Golden Landmark, Victoria St, #01-48
Singapore 188061
Tel: +65 6296 7198,
Mobile: +65 9228 6372 / +65 9222 1544
Operating Hours: Mon to Sat – 10am to 8pm (Including PH except Hari Raya), Sun: Closed

Babies Bellies at United Square
110 United Square, #01-55, Thomson Road, Singapore 307591
Tel: +65 6356 6623
Mobile: +65 9228 6372 / +65 9222 1544
Operating Hours: Mon to Sat – 10am to 8pm (Include PH except Hari Raya), Sun: 10am to 5pm
www.babiesbellies.com.sg

The Giant Buddha in a Mountain – Chengdu’s Le Shan Grand Buddha

le shan grand buddhaAwed by the majestic view of the Grand Buddha right at the foot of the statue.

The Leshan Giant Buddha statue is located at the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area an has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Standing at 71 meters in height and shoulder width of 28 meters wide, it is the largest stone Buddha in the world as well as by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees, meaning stability. One of the local saying that “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. It oversees the the Minjian, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province, though the water looks calms on top, there are turbulence current beneath that claims many lives while people tries to swim in it.

le shan ling yun si 乐山凌云寺
le shan ling yun si 乐山凌云寺
le shan ling yun si 乐山凌云寺

le shan hai shi tong

My Short Trip to Istanbul Turkey – Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel (Day 1)

It was a last minute decision for the business trip, I could not get a direct flight from Singapore to Istanbul which is available on Singapore Airlines, I had to transit via Doha before reaching Istanbul. We arrived almost 5am in the morning and there wasn’t much crowd and the weather was freaking cold !

Change Currency and Purchase Sim Card !

Turkey does not really relies on Euro currency for daily usage and 23 did not managed to find any currency exchange for Turkish Lira while we were in Singapore or Qatar airport. The first thing was to find a currency exchange counter to change my US dollars into Turkish Lira. Internet connection would be the second on my mind. While strolling inside of the departure hall, we managed to purchased a 4GB sim card for 84 Turkish Lira (est. 44 Singapore dollars), sufficient enough for our 3 days in Istanbul. We had to deal though “finger language” as the salesperson only speaks their local language.

Tip: Try downloading World Nomad’s Turkish Language App from iTunes App Store, I believe that will help with better communication in Turkey.


Getting From The Airport To The Hotel

taxi stand outside of Istanbul airportAs we walked through the departure hall, a relentless cold wind blown across our face, sending shivers down to our spines. However,  that didn’t stopped me from lighting a cigarette before pulling out my winter jacket from my luggage. A line of bright orange taxis were waiting for customers, chatting among themselves.

We finished our last puff of cigarette and hopped into the first cab in the queue. The driver was not able to understand english and I had to pulled out my hotels.com booking confirmation and showing him the address below he drove off. It was an exciting journey to the hotel while the cab driver was speeding and we could hear our luggages rolling for side to side in the car’s boot. It took us less than 10 minutes before reaching our hotel. The driver looked annoyed when I was trying to pay him with a 50 Lira note and rudely demanded that I should change at the hotel’s reception counter. I searched through my pockets and managed to pulled out some small changes to pay for the cab.

Tip: Try to get more small changes at the money exchange counters as it will be much easier to pay for the cab and other stuff. It was understand later from my Turkey’s friend that they does not like to accept large notes.

Our Hotel – Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel

We was greeted politely by a intern staff and I tried to check in our rooms but in normal cases, they only allowed us to check in at 2pm in the afternoon. It was only 6am in the morning and there was still a couple of hours to go before our appointment. There was two choices – either we stay at the lobby and check in after our appointment or we pay for another night’s rate. Fortunately, the intern staff tried to consult his manager and they allowed us to have an early check in for an additional 100 euros which we agreed immediately. This allows us to have a good bath and rest, keeping ourselves refresh. Furthermore, they have upgraded us to a sea view room without any additional cost !

Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel
Sahilyolu Cad. No: 2 Yesilyurt
34149, Turkey
Tel: + 90 212 414 1800