Monday, 28 August 2017

[Media Invite] The Nutcracker Performance @ Gateway Theatre

I had the opportunity to attend The Nutcracker Gala Premiere at Gateway Theatre last week to experience the brand new illusion show and the retelling of the old Christmas classic. Instead of a conventional performance, The Nutcracker, directed by Fan Dong Kai, features magic and illusionary stunts, combining a twist of modern-style art and music that is sure to fascinate the audience.

Stage Photos credit: Gateway Entertainment




One of my favourite aspects of the performance is the magical illusions that were incorporated, making the show livelier. The world-class illusions are performed by award-winning illusionists and father-daughter duo - Lawrence and Priscilla Khong. Some of their stunts include disappearing acts which were definitely impressive to watch. Magic shows on its own is already interesting. Being able to include it in a story just makes everything better!


Like fantasy brought to life, The Nutcracker will transport you to different imaginative worlds, with intensive Good V.s. Evil battling scenes as well as spectacular magic and colourful vibrant sceneries.

Be prepared to get a little wet at the front seats as Gateway Entertainment provides you with a sensory experience with raindrops sprinkling down from the high ceiling as well as pretty colourful paper butterflies in a separate scene. Yes, it was literally raining butterflies down. Kids were definitely excited.. Maybe even me too?

It's a great performance for people of all ages, especially for families with kids! So remember to check it out as part of a family outing to experience a magical journey.

VENUE

Gateway Theatre
316 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 159461

TICKET PRICES

(Excludes Booking Fee)
Thur - Sat Night show, 8pm
Standard: S$88, S$68, S$48
Restricted View: S$38
Matinee, 2.30pm & 5pm
Standard: S$78, S$58, S$38
Restricted View: S$28
Enjoy 30% discount when you book 10 tickets or more in a single transaction. 
For bookings, please contact Devi Balaendram
Tel: (65) 6481 1620
Thank you Gateway Entertainment for the media invite!



Saturday, 26 August 2017

Sudio Sweden Vasa Bla Earphones Review (Promo Code: monsdiary)

Maybe it's just me. But I am usually super clumsy with earphones to the point that I have accidentally dragged my phone off the table while listening to music, or get tangled in a mess of wires together with my charger. #truestory 

Thankfully, Sudio Sweden Vasa Bla Earphones is a solution to my issue. And it took me incredibly long to decide between Pink or Black. Pink is my to-go colour (In case you didn't know, my entire room is pink, including my camera!) But I settled with Black as one can never go wrong with BLACK. It matches most of my outfits very easily too.


About Sudio Sweden

"Each Sudio model is carefully engineered by our designer with our consumer’s preference in mind. Our timeless design is suitable for every occasion, whether you are listening to music on your way to a black tie event or enjoying a sunny day in shorts and a polo. No matter where you are or what you are doing, the Sudio sound piece will be your elegant companion."



Packaging and Delivery

- Vasa Blå earphones with 4 pairs of extra sleeves
- Owner’s Manual & Quality Assurance Card
- Genuine Leather Carrying Case
- Metal Clip
- Charging Cable
- Battery

I received the earphones within 3 working days which was really impressive!!!

Love the sleek packaging which was also wrapped with red ribbons. Everything was neatly packed in small cases. Great for last minute gift ideas isn't it?

The additional earbuds comes in 4 different sizes, which is really thoughtful to suit different people with different earhole sizes. The leather case is very compact and I could fit in the earphones snugly. The last thing I want is a bulky case which takes up another chunk of my bag space. The handy clip comes in handy especially if you're afraid that the earphones might fall off when you're not using it.


Features and Specifications

Housing: Composite, Aluminum
Finish: High polished metal parts
Model: In-ear, Bluetooth 4.1
Weight: 14 grams (housing)
Range: 10 meters
Battery time: 8 hours (active), 10 days (standby)
Charging time: 10 minutes (quick), 120 minutes (full)


My Verdict - Chic Fashion Statement with Great Quality Sound

With only 3 simple buttons, you can easily control the On, Off, Connect and Volume. I think the correct way is to wear the earphones behind my hair but because of my long hair restricting the wires, I find it more convenient to put it at the front.

I love how convenient it is to be able to move around within a short distance without dragging my phone along with it. And the sound of the earphones is really crisp clear and of good quality. You're definitely getting what you paid for. It's so well designed and sleek that I can pull it off as an extra accessory especially when I'm in black outfits.

You’re not only buying earphones; you’re buying the lifestyle.



Promotions

- Complimentary Sudio Summer tote bag with every online purchase (Until 31 Aug only) 

- Quote MONSDIARY for 15% off + additional 20% instant tax rebate

- Free Express Shipping to Singapore in 3-5 days via DHL courier





Thank you Sudio Sweden! 



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Monice Bakes x Floral Garage GIVEAWAY (Promo Code: moniceXFG15)

For those who have been wanting to try my cakes from MONICE BAKES, good news for you because I am running my 4th giveaway this month. Collaborating with my sponsor - Floral Garage, we will be giving out this Floral Freestyle Bundled Set for FREE

All you have to do is to click on THIS and follow the simple 3-step instructions to take part! 

Giveaway ends on 5 September 2017
Redemption period: 11 to 29 September 2017

Hop over to my Instagram @monicebakes to take part for bonus chances!


Floral Garage Singapore has been one of my favourite sponsors to work with as their prices are really affordable ranging from $34.90 to the more premium ones at $200+. 




Quote moniceXFG15 to enjoy 15% off all items!

Don't miss out this good deal!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Le Hair Spa Opening Event @ 87 Bukit Timah Road

I was recently invited to Le Hair Spa for their Opening on 20th Aug! Located along 87 Bukit Timah Road, the Le Hair Spa has a huge and prominent storefront which is hard to miss. The crazy amount of colourful flower stands are also too eye-catching from afar.  




The interior is beautifully designed with a mixture of modern Victorian style furniture in Black and Gold. The place looks really grand and professional! I was really impressed with the renovation down to every single detail including the reception telephone that looks like an antique. 

When you step into the next room, there were about 6 seats which were already sufficient for a salon. But no, that's not all! Step in further and you will be in for a surprise! Actually a rather impressive one. 


There was a gorgeous and grand spiral staircase awaiting you! Everyone was queuing to take their #OOTDs. And I'm joining in too! 


For a VIP experience, you can request to have your hair spa in a PRIVATE room with no additional charges at all! The room is really spacious! It looks a little empty now as they are still moving in more cabinets and tables. I felt so privileged having to experience the private room all by myself just for a hair spa. The ATAS service at Le Spa really makes this place stands up above the rest.


You can also request for their Couple room if you're coming with your partner or friend! This room has a more "Executive" feel.




A group photo with my fellow Blogger friends! It has been so long since I met up with them and it's really a good catch up session too! 



Check out their spa menu prices below! A Hair Spa starts from $50 onwards (60 minutes) and they also provide other services such as haircut, colouring and perm. 

The Hair Spa which I have experienced also included a simple head & body massage. Don't compare this to real massage parlours but it was a comfortable one for me as my body was aching all over from my baking over the past month. I also enjoyed the shampoo and conditioner that Le Hair Spa uses as my whole head has a very cooling sensation which felt really refreshing. The scalp treatment is also supposed to aid in hair growth. 




Thank you Rachel for the invite! 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pot Addiction SG 吃锅瘾 at Sun Plaza | Mookata, Korean BBQ and Hotpot

Pot Addiction SG (吃锅瘾 = literally 吃过瘾) is a newly opened restaurant at Sun Plaza (Sembawang) and a hidden gem for Mookata, Korean BBQ and Hotpot lovers!

Now you don't have to debate with your friend on dining choices anymore. Enjoy the best of both worlds just by topping up $12 for a duo hotpot per table (Up to 4 pax). Buffet price starts from $14.90 for lunch and $22.90 for dinner, which is seriously super affordable for the quality they are providing.


For steamboat choices, you can pick from the different soup bases - Ma La, Herbal Chicken, Tom Yum, Chicken, Tonkotsu, Mushroom or more. Ma La and Herbal Chicken wasn't to my liking but I really enjoyed the Tonkotsu and Tom Yum during my other visit.

The Tom Yum had the right balance of sourness and spiciness, which was the exact type of Tom Yum soup I favour. Tonkotsu is a mild subtle taste of pork broth and is best for steamboat as I do not want the soup to be overpowering as well.


I was honestly quite impressed by the extensive variety of seafood, meat and steamboat items which are usually not offered elsewhere - Spicy Chicken, Thai Style Chicken, Pork Belly, Bacon, Beef Slices and more. I'm already salivating while writing this blog post!

Besides the impressive spread of food, the meat was also surprisingly very tender and easy to chew on, unlike some Korean BBQ restaurants that I have been to. On my 2nd visit, the pork belly cut was a little too thick though.






If you prefer something more premium, you can top up $5 for a plate of Ribeye slices, Lamb slices, Pomfret Fish or Abalone.

Premium top ups at buffet are usually way more expensive and are not really worth the money. $5 for such a huge plate is a great steal, especially if shared among a group of friends!



Bamboo clams, clams, prawns, scallops and squids are offered at the seafood counter, and I couldn't stop at just one plate. The freshness and quality cannot be comparable to seafood restaurants but you have to give credit to its decent taste given that this is a buffet. 




They really do have almost every common steamboat ingredient, which was really amazing for such an affordable price. Check out the cute owl fishcakes too!






Be spoilt for choices as you can pick from 26 different sauces and toppings! My personal favourite was the Satay sauce which had a very strong nutty flavor. Their homemade chilli sauce is also worth a try!


Top up $3 for a generous bowl of mixed cheese which is a great complement to pork or beef. Trust me, it's so sinfully addictive and it was my perfect "topping sauce" of the day . I love how the melted gooey cheese is still piping hot. Must try for CHEESE LOVERS, you will not regret! 




The only downside about Pot Addiction is that they do not offer any desserts, but they have plans to bring in some in the future.



Buffet Prices:



Weekdays


Lunch: $14.90++(A), $7.90++(C), $12.90++(Senior/Student)

Dinner: $22.90++(A), $8.90++(C), $20.90++(Senior/Student)

Weekends

Lunch: $24.90++(A), $8.90++(C), $22.90++(Senior/Student)

Dinner: $24.90++(A), $8.90++(C), $24.90++(Senior/Student)

Children below 0.8m dines for free!


Add ons:


Hotpot: Add $12 (max 4 pax to 1 pot)

Tom Yum Mookata: Add $2 per pax

Cheese: Add $3

Pot Addiction SG 吃锅瘾

30 Sembawang Drive #02-14, Sun Plaza, Singapore 737718

Tel: +65 6481 3456

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Jpot Chilli Crab Soup @ Tampines One

Jpot Singapore has recently released a new iconic flavor for a distinct Singapore hotpot style - The Chilli Crab Soup! Jpot is already well-known for its Singapore flavored soup broth like Laksa and Ba Ku Teh but seriously, this hot and spicy chilli crab flavor just stepped up its game for Jpot. I am going to say YES to anything spicy! 




Jpot is currently offering the Chilli Crab set menu at a promotion of $52/set (U.P. $62.80). Alternatively, you may order ala-carte at about $20 per pot.

Needless to say, the set menu is more worth the money as it includes a variety of other seafood including live prawns, sliced squid, sliced toman fish, fish-balls, prawn balls, fish paste tofu, fried fish skin/ beancurd skin, and the second highlight of the set - deep fried mini buns.

I am suddenly thankful that my brother also loves spicy food as such.


Here are the instructions to finish your hotpot meal with the Iconic Chilli Crab. If you're confused, don't worry because the staff at Jpot will help you complete your chilli crab sauce when you are done with the steamboat portion.

Remember to save your crab for the best part! 


The "secret" to the delicious thick and gooey Chilli Crab Sauce is to add cornstarch and egg to your leftover soup broth, which helps to thicken the soup and turn it into sauce texture. 


You can't complete your Chilli Crab meal without these piping hot and fried Mantou buns. Other than condensed milk, it's a perfect combination with the sweet and spicy sauce. The buns are so delicious that it is quite difficult to stop at one.

Only 4 buns are included in the set menu, but you can top up from the ala-carte menu.




As usual, you will be spoilt for choices as Jpot offers different types of meat and seafood for you to pick from, which also caters to different budget. Pick from a selection of normal, premium or wagyu beef to satisfy your meat cravings. I recommend the premium sliced beef instead as I noticed a slight drop in standard for the Wagyu Beef (Not too worth it).

The rest are pretty much reasonable and of decent quality.





Jpot Outlets:
10 Tampines Central 1 #03-16
Tampines 1 Singapore 529536
Tel: 6532 3536

1 Harbourfront Walk #01-53
VivoCity Singapore 098585
Tel: 6273 3536

80 Marine Parade Road
#B-17 Parkway Parade
Singapore 449269
Tel: 6884 3536