Monday, June 29, 2020

8 Durian FTW!

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Are you a durian lover? Well, I am! And during this circuit breaker season in Singapore, we have seen an increase in food delivery and it's the same for Durian. Just go online and do a google search, you will be surprise to find more than a dozen website offering delivery services for the king of fruits - durian!

So I am not here to pursue you to eat durian cos I know you are already "hooked" like me.
But why 8 Durian? Here are a few reasons to choose 8 Durian:

1. They have their own durian plantation in Pahang, Malaysia.
If you have been eating durian for a while, you must have heard of Pahang durians. This place is famous for producing the best durians arguably in the world. They are so confident in their durians, 8 Durian is even offering their Grade A Pahang Durian to durian sellers looking for reliable wholesaler.

2. A 24-hour WhatsApp Chat & 60-min Delivery promise.
Now this is what I call customer service! You can be sure someone on the other side is ready to hear you and answer your queries.

3. Voted #1 by customers.
8 Durian was voted #1 in the "Best Durian Delivery in Singapore 2019" by Best In Singapore blog.

4. Replacement or Full Refund policy.
100% replacement guarantee or full refund via store credits for unsatisfactory deliveries.
(late delivery for more than 1 hour / water durians / frozen durians when fresh durians were ordered / weight of package deviating more than 50g)

5. You can check on the stock status and pricing daily.
I love it that all the information is clearly stated on their website, no need to second guess or going through the troublesome phone calls or sms texts.

6. The taste is authentic and excellent!
Saving the best for last! I have tried many different online durian delivery service, this is by far the best in terms of durian quality. Of course, personally I still prefer to buy my durians from the stall and see the durian fruit for myself, but in times like this, when most items are going online, this is my recommendation.

You can see that the packaging is slightly chilled to maintain the freshness of the durian. It is not frozen, so for those who likes your durians from the fridge, this is like the best! Chilled but not frozen.


I love to see all my durians in one box, gives the feeling that I can enjoy much!

Thankfully, I have the elder girl who inherited the same love and passion!

Stop thinking, start eating! Order here!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Beat the 5-pax rule with!

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So Singapore has entered Phase 2 after Circuit Breaker. How has it affected your lifestyle?

For most of us, we are happy to finally meet up with friends and dine-in in our favorite restaurants. Or just happy to host friends and relatives at home. BUT ... the catch is no more than 5-pax per visit or meet up.

For a family that has more than 5 pax, this rule is definitely gonna to make things a bit uncomfortable. Can you imagine who you will leave out for dinner? Or who will be the chosen ones to brave the crowd outside, not mentioning the super long queues almost everywhere.

For me, with 2 kids and an elderly at home, going out and mingle with the crowd is still something I have to be more cautious about. Maybe you can call me "kiasi" but I have to take care of my family, until they feel safe enough to go out as a group.

Hence, the solution of ordering in is still pretty much appealing!

Some of you may already have heard of or even tried their food. The company prides themselves as daily delivery within an hour, with Premier Sushi right at your doorstep.

Just in case you doubt my credits (but I know you won't right?), you can read an article posted by Best In Singapore. Sushi Delivery is one of the top 5 best online sushi delivery services in Singapore!
You can click on this link to read more!

As always, enough talking. Let the photos tell you more!

California Maki (8pcs)
The overall family's favorite, a great choice for take away or picnics.

Champion Floss Maki (8pcs)
Not a personal fan of floss, but the floss on this maki is not overwhelming. In fact the cheese overpowers the floss, so if you are cheese lover, you can't miss this.

Salmon Aburi Maki (8pcs)
This tastes expensive if you know what I mean, the salmon just melts in your mouth. I highly recommend eating one piece in full to stimulate your taste bugs in total.

Chicken Karaage (8pcs)

Sake Salmon Don
The salmon is simply awesome! Coupled with the tobiko, furikake and spring onions, this is a sure winner for all!

Pork Cutlet Set Bento

Salmon Teriyaki Set Bento
No fishy smell as commented by my mom. She loved it together with the generous helping of greens that came alongside in the bento.

I have the say the kids love the bento! It was a full meal with rice, sides and vegetable. And both girls commented that the Pork Cutlet tasted just like one they had in Japan a few years back =)

For me, it will be the Don that won my stomach. So here's another photo to justify my personal choice!

Stay safe everyone and enjoy the time with your family!

Do follow Best In Singapore for recommendations of best offerings in Singapore.

Where to order the best sushi in Singapore.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Father's Day - What about 8 Crabs?

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In less than 2 weeks' time it's gonna be Father's Day! Have you thought of how to celebrate with/for your father? Sadly with the current situation in Singapore, dining out at your favorite restaurants are no longer an option. Hence, the only way is to "tabao" or order food delivery. Whatever it may be, don't let the circumstances deter us from having a good time of celebration with our families.

Thanks to the folks from 8 Crabs, I was able to enjoy my own Father's Day meal with my family and with the best food possible - CRABS!!

For those who are not familiar with 8 Crabs, of if you are like me (only know the usual seafood restaurants in SG), then it's high time for you to give them a try.
8 Crabs is an award winning crab delivery and seafood delivery service serving Singaporeans island-wide. Being the only supplier of wild catch crabs, they have always been able to promise you crabs that are better than the rest.

If you are interested to know more about their crabs, here are some fun facts:
Crabs naturally travel about 500m every night and prefer to live alone. However, crab farmers breed many crabs in a confined space in order to be profitable. This cause the crabs to get stressed very easily in captivity as many farms cannot replicate their natural habitat.

When stressed, crabs produce ammonia, which is a sign of decomposition of seafood.

Most restaurants purchase farmed crabs because they are cheaper. As a result, they use highly fragrant gravies to cover up the ammonia smell.

8 Crabs is the only company in Singapore using grade AAA premium Sri Lankan source wild crabs. This is graded by the most experienced crab graders in the trade.

This means that our crabs are meatier, tastier, bigger, and less watery.

To ensure freshness, these crabs are caught, flown, prepared and delivered to you within 12 hours.

Our award winning chefs prepare and cook these fresh crabs daily to guarantee the best flavor and taste.

We also have a one day driver to an order policy across our 12 kitchens island-wide so that we may uphold our promise of One Hour Crab Delivery.

Are you ready for the feast? We most certainly are!

We ordered both the Black Pepper Crab & the Salted Egg Yolk Crab.

The salted egg yolk sauce was so good, we had an extra portion of rice just so we can savor the taste again and again.

No meal is complete without the basic vegetable and meat. We even pamper ourselves (mainly for the wife) and had a rare treat of the Yam Ring.

But since it was suppose to be an advance Father's Day celebration for me, I will show you my personal favorite! Look at the sauce! I think I need to order from 8 Crabs again!

Ordering is easy.
Just go the website and browse through the selection of crabs, fish, prawn, squid, beef, pork, poultry, vegetable, egg, tofu, etc.

If you do not know what to order, then just choose the special Father's Day Set.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

FARM Florist - An Essential Way to say I Love You


During this Circuit Breaker period in Singapore, only the essential businesses or services are still open and operating. So I am glad to inform you that the FARM Florist is still operating as per normal and providing free delivery daily. And don't you worry, contactless delivery is available too.

Here are a two reasons why YOU should CONSIDER sending SMILES to your LOVED ONES.

1. Mother's Day is coming soon!
Now that we are staying at home most of this circuit breaker period, isn't it the best time to send some love and appreciation to your Mother? For all her cooking, washing, and taking care of the family 24/7. For once we can finally understand how our mothers feel staying home most of the time, ensuring that every little detail at home is taken care of.

Look no further! Click on the Mother's Day site and choose a suitable flower collection to tell her how much you love her!
Storewide 37% discount early-bird promo available from now till 2 May.

2. Pamper your spouse / partner and let her know you are thinking about her.
Actually do you really need me ti give you a reason to send flowers to your partner?
In my years of marriage, I have concluded that even when your wife says she doesn't fancy flowers, she will still be super happy when you surprise her with a bouquet of roses (or her favourite flowers).

And thanks to the kind souls in FARM Florist, I was able to select this beautiful Rose Surprise Bloom Box and had it delivered to my wife when she was busy cooking for the family. It came as a pleasant surprise and I can see that she was pretty touched to know that the family appreciates her (yes, I included the kids in the picture).


A closer look at the roses which brought a smile to everyone at home.

I hope you are convinced by now. Stay Home! Stay Safe!
4 more weeks to end of Circuit Breaker!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Meow ... It's CATS!

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Let the Memory Live Again!
The record-breaking 2015 Olivier award nominated musical CATS by Andrew Lloyd Webber is back again in Singapore!

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

Look out for world-renowned theatre star Joanna Ampil who reprise the role of Grizabella. Joanna Ampil has performed in several West End musicals, including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar and Avenue Q, and she played the role of Fantine in Les Miserables in London.

This is my first time watching CATS musical. To be honest, I'm not a cat-lover, I don't quite understand them, only that cats are proud and sensitive.
And the musical performance totally blew my mind!The performers were not only phenomenon, their dancing and how they portrayed cats were simply inspired and brilliant!

Never have I thought a performer can show me so much of a cat just by his/her dancing and every little movement. If you are a cat-lover, you have to watch this musical! If you are not (like me), you will be pleasantly surprised and entertained too!

For a limited season only at Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands, the musical will be performing from 17 Dec 2019 to 5 Jan 2020.
Get your tickets here!

Photo credit: CATS Tour 2019 Photography by Alessandro Pinna.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Presbyopia aka 老花 – What’s Next?


What is presbyopia?
Long-sightedness caused by loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye, occurring typically in middle and old age.

Do you switch between different pairs of glasses?
Do you struggle to focus up close and to see things far away?
Do you find it difficult to see in low light?
You are not alone!! There is help!! =)

So I am turning 45 this year and 老花 has definitely caught up with me. For those who knew of my Retinal Detachment Surgery in 2017, ever since then my myopia has shot up to more than –1000 for the affected eye. Technically without my glasses, I am really as blind as a bat. Now with presbyopia, the situation has become a dilemma of whether to move the object nearer or further to be able to see clearly.
Give you an example, when I read a text on my phone, because of myopia I have to move the phone nearer, but due to presbyopia, when I move the phone nearer, the words become blurry. What to do??
Real case scenario: To see the menu in a restaurant, I have to take a photo of the list and enlarge the picture on my phone. Facepalm!
When I was about to resign my life to reading glasses with contact lenses or just normal glasses with on & off difficulty in reading. I was blessed to receive the chance to try try Varilux progressive lenses by Essilor.

Varilux® X seriesTM
The Varilux® X seriesTM brings the best technology to modern generation of presbyopes who want lenses to match their everyday lifestyle needs. The Gen-X that we have today are multi-taskers who lead fast-paced lives and want to live a full life that is not hindered by the quality of their vision. With this in mind, Varilux X series is a progressive lens designed by Essilor to reinvent near vision and deliver extended near vision within arm’s reach.
With Varilux® X seriesTM progressive lens, presbyopes can now swap between screens comfortably and seamlessly capture every detail within arm’s reach with high precision, extending their sharp vision by 100%, in width and length. They will enjoy outstanding sharpness, continuous vision, and fluidity from near to far, without having to adjust their arms or heads to see sharp at close and beyond.
The Varilux® X seriesTM is developed by using Xtend™, a new revolutionary technology. With focused efforts on vision at arm’s length, this technology provides an impressive 75% match with wearers’ visual needs. A significant improvement of 59% on average compared to other premium progressive lens. This pioneer approach addresses the main limit of other progressive lenses – the need to adjust their heads or arms to have clear and sharp multiple near distances views.
Furthermore, Varilux® X series’TM customers can opt for further personalization via Near Vision Behaviour (NVB), a new in-store personalization tool to get patient’s measurements. NVB is a new and simple measure that takes into account a wearer’s behaviour and posture while replicating a key and familiar activity at near, so that their own vision area is positioned and shaped where and how they need it. This new first level of personalization will provide reliable and robust measurements of the wearer’s near vision.

Alright! Enough information for those who really read through the above … Now let’s walk with me through what goes on during the actual action!
 Step 1 – Eye Check
This is very important! Many of us are quite informed when it comes to health checks (full body check up). But do you know that it is equally important to have a proper eye health check every year (especially if you are over 40 years old), or if your family has history of eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, night blindness, red eyes, lazy eye)?
At W Optics, I was treated to the best eye examination in my entire 30+ years of spectacle life. The test was super thorough and it lasted for 1.5 hours.

I went through Refractor test on the machine. I did Slit Lamp Examination. Both my eyes had an Intraocular Pressure check. Amsler Test. Fundus Examination.

Sounds comprehensive right! And thank God, my eye health is fine! Need to stop wearing contact lenses for long hours though.

Step 2 – Understanding of Varilux lens & Near Vision Behaviour (NVB)
Again kudos to the staff at W Optics, with their wealth of knowledge and professionalism, I had a clear understanding of how the Varilux progressive lenses works, and what kind of adjustments I need to have when I am wearing it.

For example, with the new progressive lens, if I want to read an article or my phone, I need to shift my book lower and adjust my eyes to look through the lower portion of the lens, which will help with my far-sightedness problem. I was gently reminded that it would take a while (maybe a week or so) to be comfortable with the adjustments. But little did I know, I was totally rocking the reading skills in less than a day! The power of a 30+ years specky! Haha!!
After choosing my frames, let’s go on with the Visioffice measurements. This machine basically measures the behavior of the person who is wearing the specs.
Things like – What is your eye position behind the frame? What is your reading distance and behavior?

Step 3 – Collect your specs (about 4-7 days for customized lenses like Varilux progressive lens)
Fitting and final check on how to read using the progressive lenses. If you read like the picture on the left, you will not be able to see the words clearly, cos the middle and above portion of the lens is for seeing things in the far. You have to move the paper like the picture on the right. Then while reading through the bottom half of the lens, it works like a reading glass.

Step 4 – Enjoy your life!
With the new lenses, and a bit of adjustments in lifestyle behaviors, I am totally enjoying the convenience of having the best of both worlds!
No more difficulties of reading my phone or menu. No more worries of missing my bus.
Oh … did I mention that my glasses comes with Transitions lens!! How cool!!

Stop procrastinating! If you have not done an eye examination before, head down to one of the outlets at W Optics and get your eye health checked today. And if you are interested to know about Varilux progressive lenses by Essilor, do drop by any of W Optics stores to find out more from their friendly eye care professionals.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Aladdin the Musical - too good to be missed!

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If you are looking for a musical to wow your friends or family, this is the one you can’t miss. Bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your neighbors, bring someone! Cos this is a show you cannot enjoy alone, it has to be shared!
(spoiler alert: there is scene stealer that is absolutely top class)

Genie + Princess Jasmine + Aladdin


Why do I recommend this musical?

1. It is a storyline most of us are familiar with.
Hence, you can follow the musical from beginning till the end and be totally immersed in the pleasure. The songs are easy to follow, and of course the all time favorite “A Whole New World” definitely wooed the crowd to the max!

2. It is highly interactive.
Not your usual musical where the show is just one way, from stage to audience. But the casts include the audience in some scenes and even asked for applause. Highly entertaining.

3. Simply magical!
From the dancing to the singing, from the costumes to the stage set, everything was done to perfection. Watch out for the flying carpet scene! Don’t even blink!

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The musical’s ending its run in Singapore on 1 Sep 2019 (In fact, Singapore’s its only Asia stop!).