THE PLACE TO BE THIS CHRISTMAS - Universal Studios Singapore!
Apart from the usual fun rides and beautiful Christmas decorations (as expected of USS), they've also planned an exciting list of activities and exhibitions just for us to enjoy this festive season!
To mention a few:
• Santa's Village with the shoemaker, Mrs Claus' house, a little toy factory which the kids would love
• DJ Eddy Elf’s Rocking Radio Station
• Christmas Everywhere, where there will be hourly snowfall every day from 12PM
• Meet and Greet our favourite characters whom are all dressed up for Christmas
• Record-breaking Universal Journey
& many more!
And less than 10 minutes into USS, Sean actually volunteered me up on stage with DJ Eddy Elf & Woody Woodpecker for a Carol-oke hahah!
I was totally caught off guard omg :X
For those who feel bummed out that your friends/ relatives get to go overseas for Christmas while you're here in Singapore, don't be!
There's snowfall every hour at USS from 12PM onwards, and it's pretty fun too!
When we're walking around USS and it "snows" it always gives you a happy feeling haha.
And of course the highLIGHT of this whole trip to USS, the
824,961 light bulbs, 8 themed zones, and a Guinness World Records to boast of.
You seriously HAVE TO bring along your camera/ charge your phone sufficiently for this!!
The whole place is sooooo pretty, I'd totally pay for a ticket to USS, not take any of the rides, just to see this~~~~ *_*
Brace yourselves, tons of photos coming up!
[GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST]
Inspiration can come from everywhere.. and for me, food is my muse!
Experimented with NYX's eyeshadows and coloured lipstick in an attempt to do a wearable cosmic themed make up, inspired by Boufe Boutique Cafe's new Milky Way cake.
Also, I couldn't resist adding some sparkly glitter "freckles" under my eyes and across my cheeks!
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault (Holiday Edition 2016)
Using NYX <3's LA Eyeshadow:
Inner corner: Malibu
Middle of eyes: Laurel Canyon
Outer corner: Downtown LA
Milky Way cake by Boufe Boutique Cafe
Delicious, light white chocolate yogurt mousse wrapped around a calamansi jelly center, this magical looking cake definitely deserves its place as Boufe's new top selling cake!
One of the simplest but most rewarding DIYs ever!
These Unicorn Make Up Brushes are cute, practical, affordable, and really special, I'm sure you & your friends will love them!
And since Christmas is around the corner, the Icicle Christmas tree ornament should be easy to get!
I got mine from Cold Storage at just $3.90 for a whole pack.
I stained my brushes using blue & pink food colouring just for aesthetic purposes of this video.
They're easily removed with make up brush cleansers and I can proceed to use them for my make up as usual :)
Laneige BB Cushion (Holiday Limited Edition)
Unicorn Lipgloss from F21 (Orlando)
Rainbow Highlighter from F21 (Orlando)
Iridescent Eyelash Curler from F21 (Orlando)
Holographic Make Up Pouch from F21 (Orlando)
I love everything about Christmas - the food, the sparkly lights, the sweater weather, hot chocolate with marshmallows, presents, people are more smiley, friendlier & nicer, the joyous Christmas songs...
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHRISTMAS!!! ^~^
Just some pictures I took today~
Christmas-themed cake from https://www.whitespatula.com/
And the Triple Treat Box featuring the Santa Supreme Cheesy Bites Pizza & Warm Apple Tart from Pizza Hut!
ORDER YOUR XMAS HAMPER NOW:
What better way to show your loved ones you care this Christmas than a full box of delicious homemade goodies?
No preservatives added, so please take note of the expiry dates stated at the bottom of each product to ensure optimal freshness! :)
Starting off with these adorable looking Christmas Tree Marshmallows, they are pretty much the fluffiest marshmallows I've ever tasted!
The difference between a homemade marshmallow and those basic commercially packed sort is so stark I tell you!
With Boufe's in-house made one, I could eat them all day cause they really just melt in your mouth~~
As simple as it may look/ sound, these Almond Biscuits are actually really really good!
Made with fresh ingredients and no artificial flavourings, each bite is a burst of ground almond fragrance.
I finished the entire bottle in one day cause it's so light, crispy and easy to eat, and it doesn't hurt my teeth :P
I've always been quite confident of how yummy the brownies I bake are, and always secretly think my brownies are nicer than a lot of other cakey brownies out there LOL :X
I think this is the first Brownie I put into my mouth and like "wow, this is good" hahahaha!!
It's fudgey and rich, just the way I like it, and while it's not the chewy sort, it melts in your mouth - a texture I've never experienced with other brownies before.
So I definitely give this a thumbs up and strongly recommend this, especially if you have a sweet tooth!
For those in the mood for something more wholesome, and yet don't want to miss out on the sweet Christmas goodies, Boufe's got it covered for you in the Boufe Christmas Hamper!
Their in-house baked Honey Granola are packed with fiber and vitamins, coated by the natural sweetness of honey.
'Tis the season to snack guilt-free!
It's so good, I've unknowingly munched half a packet of it away just like that. LOL.
The cutest of the lot - Cinnamon Rolls!
Fluffy, sweet and packed with cinnamon flavour, it tastes even better when you heat it up!
If you're keen, there are also a couple of GIVEAWAYS kindly sponsored by Boufe Boutique Cafe for these Christmas Hampers (you can check out @boufesg's tagged photos).
Or you can order your Christmas Hampers now at:
For orders made before this Sunday (11/12/16), you will be entitled to FREE DELIVERY.
So do hurry and place your orders now! ^~^
435 Orchard Road, #01-18/18B
Tel: +65 67347767
I recently followed @kotobukisg on Instagram and am extremely impressed with their festive feast's aesthetics, so you could imagine how thrilled I was when I received their invitation to try it out!
The festive feast serves 3 - 4pax, is only $82 (worth $138), and contains the following:
Kotobuki’s Premium Mosaic Art Sushi
Deluxe Sashimi Premium Platter
Tempura mix platter
The Mosaic Art Sushi is the first of its kind I've seen in Singapore and it's simply tooooo pretty to be eaten!
Plus the sashimi was all really fresh and sweet, my family and I left the place immensely satisfied!
Thank you Kotobuki Izakaya at Wisma Atria once again for the invite!
Stärker Fresh Beer @ Zhongshan Park
1 Jalan Rajah
#01-02, ZhongShan Park
Stärker Fresh Beer at Zhongshan Park is probably one of the most chill places I've ever been to, and I can foresee myself hanging out there quite often!
The welcoming ambience with the warm lighting, interior deco showcasing their pride in serving quality fresh beer, comfortable seatings, beautiful alfresco area beside a large field (pet-friendly!), and efficient service makes it the ideal place for your Christmas parties!
Don't fuss yourselves with cooking this Christmas. Pamper yourselves & enjoy the day fully with the Christmas menu Stärker has to offer!
The portions of the platters at Stärker are not only generous and perfect for sharing, but tastes really amazing too!
We actually couldn't finish the food and asked to pack the remaining home and guess what? It's still really yummy the next day hahah!
If you haven't already done so, please read Part One of this post, "Where to go/ What to do in Aichi" here:
What's a trip without truly enjoying the local favourites & specialty dishes, right? :D
In this post, I'll be sharing some of the best food we've had in Aichi, some interesting dishes you should check out on your trip there, plus where we stayed at/ the hotels we visited to give you some suggestions of accommodation! :)
1. UNAGI DON - SANSUITEI, NISHIO CITY
Our first lunch stop in Aichi and oh my goodness this left the deepest impression ever!
Have you ever had Unagi (Grilled Eel) Don with TWO LAYERS of Unagi in it?
It's so extravagant, and the portion so incredibly generous, we were all at a loss of words!
I don't think we'll ever find this type of servings anywhere else!
Not to mention cultured eels are Nishio City's specialty produce, and so you can expect only the best of the best!
Fresh, sweet, chewy, thick strips of Unagi, with a touch of smoky aroma from the grill!
On the table, you will also find a pot of sauce for you to add onto your rice should you require more.
We were also recommended by Yoshie-san (our guide) to add mountain pepper to the rice to give it a more unique spicy flavour. This did not taste anything like our ordinary pepper. I love it! :D
We also enjoyed the meal with a rare eel liver soup (tasted yummy!), and a rich Matcha Soft Serve for dessert! :P
Sansuitei seriusly set the bar for Unagi dons really high up for me, I don't think I'm ever going to be easily satisfied with any other unadons ever again.
For those who LOVEEEE Unagi dons, this is actually worth traveling to Aichi for!
Plus, the outdoors area features quite a picturesque field!
2. CLAMs themed MEAL (LOCAL CUISINE) - Gamagori Orange Park
We also had some of their local cuisine with a wide range of dishes cooked with fresh clams.
Clam steamed rice - adding a natural sweetness to the rice, clam soup, an assortment of appetisers made with clams... and interestingly, they all tasted very different in their own ways, such that you don't ever get sick of it!
I'm actually missing the clam soup we had now.. so refreshing, light and tasty!
At the Gamagori Orange Park, you can also enjoy fruit picking all year round!
Had fun picking mikans despite the slight drizzle! Food that comes with some effort usually taste a whole lot better :D
3. MISO-KATSU - YABATON RESTAURANT, NAGOYA
When in Nagoya, you definitely can't miss out on Nagoya's specialty miso-katsu!
The tangy miso sauce with the katsu is quite the matchmade in heaven combination.
Crispy katsu, salty-sweet miso with a bowl of piping hot, fragrant Japanese rice? Yes please!
The Japanese love miso so much, one of the ways a guy could propose to a girl would be "Would you like to cook Miso soup for me everyday?"
So cute one!!!
4. SINPUKUJI TEMPLE - OKAZAKI CITY
At one of the temples we visited in Aichi, we were served an extremely unique lunch set made of all bamboo dishes cooked differently!
The entire meal was super refreshing, and relatively subtle tasting compared to the other meals we've had in Japan, but it was quite a nice change of course!
Also found this empty & zen-looking dining area at the temple and quickly posed for a photo! :P
5. KAISEKI - Hotel takeshima, gamagori city
Kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner, is a must have when you're visiting the country!
The price range may be slightly more pricey, but for the experience of it, I'd say please try it at least once in your life.
For our Kaiseki dinner, we were recommended to wear a Yukata, and were served very efficiently by the very sweet and helpful staff at Hotel Takeshima our dinner courses!
Due to the number of dishes, we all ended up completely stuffed, but most of us managed to eat all of the food served because they all tasted so good!
What I enjoyed most out of this Kaiseki dinner was the Salmon grilled with Hatcho Miso on a Magnolia leaf, and the Yuzu roll cake (served with aloe vera jelly) we had at the end of the meal.
They're probably on my list of "best tasting food in the world" right now!
We asked the staff if the Yuzu cake was on sale but they said it wasn't, regrettably~~
Hotel wise, if you're looking for a place with traditional feels and tatami mat for accommodation, complete with Onsen experience, Hotel Takeshima is the place you'd need to stay at!
The view we had the next morning of the island was fantastic as well!
6. LE PARADIS - MEITETSU INUYAMA HOTEL, INUYAMA CITY
Stopped over at this super fancy French restaurant Le Paradis at Meitetsu Inuyama Hotel for dinner and it was there that we all sat down, chit-chatted, laughed, and just chilled cause we had the whole restaurant to ourselves since we arrived early it wasn't the dinner rush hour yet!
We got to know each other more while indulging in a super high grade of Hida beef, Smoked Salmon & more!
It's true that food really bonds people together!
7. Irago View hotel, tahara city
Our home for the first night in Aichi, Irago View hotel is one of the more traditionally decorated hotels with a splendid buffet selection for Dinner & Breakfast to offer!
Think clam soup, odango, beef slices, and fresh sashimi for breakfast!
Coincidentally, I also won the lucky draw during our Exchange Party during the trip for a stay at Irago View Hotel!
Which means I'll probably be back in Aichi again next year at Irago View hahah!
I loved the view of the beach side in the morning~
This hotel is just minutes' drive away from Irago Cape & Lover's Beach.
8. Hilton nagoya hotel, nagoya city
One word - WOW.
Nothing less than what you'd expect from Hilton hotel standards.
Service wise, cleanliness, decor, safety, everything was so on point. Zero complaints!
I actually have a fear of sleeping alone, but I slept SOOOOOOO soundly at Hilton Nagoya, I was exclaiming to my mum over whatsapp "Hilton Hotel is the best!!!"
They even prepared some thoughtful snacks, gifts, ice cold beer, and a hand written card upon our arrival.
I feel the love, thank you so much!!! T~T
We also had our Exchange Party/ Networking Session on the last day of our trip at Hilton Nagoya, and were entertained by Samurai performances, taught how to properly eat Aichi's signature fried chicken wings, exchanged contacts with many suppliers, and also the much-anticipated lucky draw at the end hahah!
As mentioned above, I won a stay at Irago View Hotel!
Thank you so much!!
Also, the breakfast spread at Hilton Nagoya left such a deep impression!
I've never had such delicious noodles at hotel's breakfast buffets before.
The Kishimen they served was so chewy and the noodle broth so tasty, I think I had 3 servings of it the next morning, LOL!
If you're the type who prefers a modern hotel for your trip, and cleanliness is one of your main concerns staying at hotels, you can't go wrong with Hilton!
9. Gamagori classic hotel, gamagori city
We didn't get to check in at Gamagori Classic Hotel, but we did do a tour around the place and had our Tourism Information Session there.
The place looked kind of like a traditional castle, so pretty!
Surrounded by a spectacular view all around, the hotel also boasts of a fully functional old school lift in the lobby, a classy restaurant and what not!
Lots of tourists who go to Japan usually go to Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido and the likes.
But not many tourists know about Aichi, geographically located in the heart of Japan yet!
Baking in its rich culture, and with a proud level of technology to balance off, Aichi should definitely be part of your considerations for your next trip to Japan!
So glad I got to learn more about this beautiful place on this trip, and I hope that my post can provide some suggestions on food/ accommodation/ things to do in Aichi for you guys too! :)
Part One of this post, "Where to go/ What to do in Aichi":
A huge thank you to NTA Travel Singapore & Aichi Prefecture Tourism Bureau once again for arranging this!
Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen
myVillage at Serangoon Gardens, 1 Maju Avenue
Mon to Fri: 11:30am to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Last order at 9:30pm
Before I start gushing about the food I had, I'd just want to say that myVillage spent a lot of $ on making the trees around the mall super friggin pretty, so if you're around the area, please don't waste it and take some photos with the lights, they look amazing hahah!
I took these photos at Level 2 outdoors area, just right beside Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen!
The other day, the four of us had dinner at Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen, and it was honestly the best Japanese comfort food I've ever had in Singapore!
And guess what?
NOTHING ABOVE $20, NO SERVICE CHARGE, NO GST!
Chef Tan-san, the owner of Hajime, has been in the culinary world for 25 years, and has a strong passion for Japanese cuisine.
Having mastered the art of Tonkatsu in Japan, he returned to Singapore in 1993 and became the first Tonkatsu chef in Singapore.
I won't go into too much details, because I believe the taste of the food speaks for itself the moment you taste it, but Tan-san takes pride in preparing his dishes with wholesome ingredients.
For example, he uses imported Niigata rice grown in pristine waters from melting snow for his dishes, HOME MADE SAUCES (including tartar sauce), and even prepares FRESHLY made breadcrumbs for his Tonkatsu breading!
SO. MUCH. EFFORT!!!!
But oh my god I have to tell you, you really can taste the difference.
HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
There's a reason I want to put so much emphasis to this because everybody NEEDS TO at least try it once in their lives!!!
I've had something similar to this in Japan from a renowned restaurant, but I feel like the in-house customised Miso sauce from Hajime was lighter, smoother and suited my preference better!
We finished this within MINUTES because it was simply irresistible.
As I'm typing this I'm having cravings, and I can still vividly remember the yummy, sweet and salty flavour of the miso sauce gently embracing the crispy slices of breaded fillet OMG.... so we're actually going to drive over to myVillage to have this for dinner despite the heavy rain :P
Chef Tan-san used to work in Tampopo, and this Tonkatsu Ramen was his creation there, so you can expect the quality to be top notch!
The Tonkotsu Broth is simmered in-house for 12 hours with no added MSG.
I absolutely love the chewy texture of the noodles and I could easily have 2 bowls of this in one seating lol!
And the broth, oh my god the broth. One word - DIVINE~~~~
Did a Taeyeon & CL Make Up transformation/ inspired look video and I had a whole bunch of fun dressing up!
Hope you guys will like it! :)
Disclaimer: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL MAKE UP ARTIST.
This video was done all in the name of FUN.
I enjoy BOTH Taeyeon & CL's music, just thought of doing a make up transformation inspired by the story in Taeyeon's I MV since both of them have blonde/ light coloured hair :)
Also, I did the voiceovers in a sleep-deprived state so that explains why... LOL
Also took some pictures!
It took a mad long time to edit the video cause my computer keeps lagging and I'm not so good at video editing yet... but hopefully I'll be inspired to do other transformation videos again! :D
Watch the original Taeyeon - I & CL - Hello Bitches below :)
Hello! I'm Rachell Tan,
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