Friday, August 15, 2014

Dining with AmEx (Part 1)

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If you are a food-lover like me, or just occasionally looking for a nice place to enjoy a drink with friends, the let me introduce to you the dining privileges offered by AmEx for its American Express Platinum Cardmembers.

With the generous gesture from American Express (AmEx) online PR campaign, we were given the chance to dine at some of the finest restaurants in town and enjoy as much as 50% discounts. Taking the opportunity to bring my wife out for a nice evening of food and drinks, this is what I planned for her.

Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream (15 points scored with wife)

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With the AmEx Platinum, we can enjoy the Private Deals and made it special for my wife. Which girl doesn’t appreciate some Mango & Raspberry ice cream?

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We took a slow walk along Orchard Road and reached the next venue for the specially planned dinner treat. Making use of the Far Card membership benefits, I was able to enjoy 50% discount on the total bill.

Mikuni (50 points scored with wife)

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Mikuni in Japanese means 3 kingdoms, hence the interior dining space is also divided into 3 distinctive areas offering Sushi, Teppanyaki and Robatayaki live stations.

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Was very privileged to meet with the Executive Chef Moon as he brought us around the restaurant and even served us something special was off the menu.

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The special corn and tomato only available in certain season and offered in his restaurant for this month. Besides is smoked salmon in black sesame sauce.

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This has to be one of our best Japanese dining experience in Singapore. The ambience was quite and refine. The staff were all very attentive, alert and friendly. The food was excellent. No wonder the place was fully booked and no surprise for me and wife to visit again.

This was what we ordered.

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Ika Kari Kari Age
Crispy Fried Squid, Truffle Miso Mayo, Lime

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Toro
Tuna Belly

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King Prawn

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Teriyaki Chicken

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Kagoshima Wagyu Ishi Yaki
Kagoshima Wagyu, Garlic Sauce, Amarillo

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Assorted sweets and chocolates.

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Usually after a nice meal, we will be rushing home to take care of the kids, but thanks to my mother who helped us for the night, we moved on to our 3rd venue for a drink and some desserts. Again with AmEx Platinum Card, I was able to tap into the Palate Programme Privileges which offers 15% off beverages at bars under the Palate programme.

Napoleon Food & Wine Bar (15 points scored with wife)

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I chose Napoleon because of the deco and also the feel of able to chill and relax.

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We ordered Tortillas and Lemon Tart.

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As for me, the thing that excites me was the “32 wines by the glass” concept. The centrepiece at Napoleon Food & Wine Bar is a selection of 32 European wines, available on Enomatic wine dispenser machines. This offers customers the opportunity to have tasting portions, half glass or a full glass of the wines, with prices starting at S$8 per glass.

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Jessie (the boss) came and met up with us and brought me along for a bit of educational talk on the wines available and showed me how to choose and get my wines.

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After my selection, we just sit back, enjoy the wine and desert, talked and feel blessed to have such a night off from work.

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It’s so nice to date my wife once a while, bring her out for a nice dinner and drinks. Wind down from a period of busyness and enjoy life.

A selfie before we head home (20 points scored with wife)

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Perfect 10!

More benefits for AmEx Platinum Card Members:
Lucky Draw Promotion – from now till 9 Nov 2014, you can be one of the 5 lucky winners every day to win S$100 worth of dining vouchers (TungLok dining vouchers for Monday to Saturday draws and Fairmont dining vouchers for Sunday draws). Every receipt above S$50 earns you a chance to win. Enjoy double the chances when you spend S$50 or more in a single receipt at any The Far Card or Palate establishment. Click here for the lucky draw full terms and conditions.

Ready to indulge in some nice food and pamper yourself and probably your love ones? Just apply online.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Alive Museum Singapore

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Always wanted to be more creative in photo-taking? Running out of ideas on how to take some wacky shots?

Head on to the latest unusual museum in Singapore. Located right in town, Suntec City Mall, the Alive Museum Singapore offers the biggest and most successful chain of Illusionary Entertainment Attraction unlike any other.

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Driven by a passion for Art works, Alive Museum is supported by an R&D team in Korea, and every artwork you see is hand painted by their artists. The Art Museum was first known as Trick Art Museum when it originated from Seong-eup, Jeju Island, Korea. Then in 2012, the name was changed to Alive Museum and currently, the chain has expanded to Tutkey, Vietnam, Thailand, China and latest in Singapore.

Thanks to omy’s invite, we visited the museum last week and was treated to an eye-opener time. The museum is separated into three parts – Trick Art, Digital Art & Object Art.

Trick Art was popular in Baroque era in 16th century. Using 3D painting techniques, these art pieces trick your eyes and stimulate your mind into seeing both illusion and reality at the same time.

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Digital Art combines state-of-the-art technologies and the art to enable visitors to experience art beyond what is seen, and enjoy art pieces like never before.

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Object Art are sculptures and installations that challenge our senses. Do you believe what you see? Touch and be part of the sculpture pieces for an immersive experience and picture stories that will astound your friends.

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A bit more about Alive Museum Singapore. It is suitable for people of all ages, from the young to the old, male and female, boy and girl. The space is over 10,000 sqft, with more than 80 artwork exhibits, brought alive with 3D painting, shading and drawing techniques that create visual illusions. Adhering to the needs of the social media craze, Alive Museum Singapore provides FREE WiFi access inside the museum. You can take all your photos and be ready to share (boast) with your friends!

Location: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Towers 3 & 4)
Ticket Prices: $25 (adults); $20 (children between 3-12 yrs)
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm Daily (last admission at 9pm)
As part of Alive Museum’s effort to refresh and reinvigorate visitors’ experiences, 30% of the paintings will be changed annually.

Alive Museum Singapore’s current promotion. Hurry, offers ends 30 Sep 2014.

More photos to show you what to expect.. We had loads of fun and spent almost 3 hours walking through the entire place.

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What is my review of the place?
I’ve been to Trick Eye Museum @ RWS, and I think both are equally interesting with its different art pieces to woo me. One thing not as appealing at AMS is the lighting, as the place is generally dimmer thus the need to have spot lights around the places or usually on top of the art pieces to illuminate, hence the stronger light (or shadow) on the face. Another point is AMS does not have large art pieces for larger group to pose, as compared to TEM. However, the opposite is for smaller group (less than 5), AMS presents a better place to visit.

Personally, I like the room concept at AMS, it gives us a bit of privacy just with friends when no other strangers are there.

Having said all, I think the most important factor that makes either visit to AMS or TEM fun and memorable, is who we visit with. With the right group of friends, the fun is doubled instantly, plus a good photographer, the experience can be pretty good.