Never-ending cycle

Dear Face,

Remember that agreement we had? The one where you remain calm and I’ll in turn be in a good mood everyday?

You know how I feel when I wake up and see new zits popping up like they are free? Upset. And angry.

I will just take it that you’re being moody and throwing a tantrum for now. I will shower you with love and care so please stop being moody soon.

Otherwise, I’m going in to the doctor’s office to remove you by force. And I promise you, it’ll hurt. So please, let’s not make things ugly.

Staying positive,
Me

Pie lovers, rejoice! Pie Face now in Singapore

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Are you a fan of pies? Australia’s popular chain, Pie Face, has arrived in Singapore! Their first outlet is now open at 313 Somerset, with their 14,000 sq ft flagship cafe set to open soon in Bugis Village.

Aren’t these smiley cutie-pies adorable? Thanks to Celine for the invite, I got to try out these savoury and dessert pies on their opening night :)

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The four savoury flavours available are the Chunky Steak Pie ($5.80), Chicken & Mushroom Pie ($4.90), Thai Curry Chicken Pie ($4.90) and Taandori Vegetable Pie ($4.90).

The pie pastry is light and crisp. I feel that it could have been a little more buttery, but that’s just my preference.  Their signature chunky steak pie definitely tops my chart but I’m also fond of the the Thai Curry Chicken (partly cause I love anything thai food related, lol)

I’m not a fan of dessert pies, but do check out the Mini Lemon Pie ($3.30) which is pretty refreshing with a cuppa’ latte.
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They also serve a selection of beverages and coffee. The Mocha I had was creamy, not too sweet and comparable to the usual cafe standards.
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Pies and coffee definitely make for a good after-shopping break and I’d recommend you drop by to give those piping hot pies a try!

Pie Face Singapore
313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #B3-10 Singapore 238895
https://www.facebook.com/piefacesingapore

Ah Loy Thai – hidden gem in Shaw Towers

I have been wanting to try out Ah Loy Thai after reading this food review from Miss Tam Chiak. I lurrveeeeeeeee calamari very much and the sounds of this delicious melt-in-the-mouth butter calamari is too hard to resist!

Finally had the time to go down on one of the weekends with love! We reached at around 630pm and there was already a queue outside. The entire eatery was packed. So we queued for a little while, and it wasn’t long before we got a table for two.

As I’m kinda on a diet, I decided to share whatever main he’s eating. We ordered the pineapple fried rice, butter calamari and tom yum soup to share.

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Can I say…. I freaking love this fried rice! It’s so so so tasty! Every single grain is coated with the ‘essence’ (I hate fried rice which still has white rice in it) and they were generous with the ingredients. The prawns used were fresh too.

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This butter calamari dish is found on almost everyone’s table. It’s one of their signature dishes and a MUST TRY when you go to Ah Loy Thai. I’m glad we ordered it!

The butter sauce is not just butter that’s melted but they added some sort of sweet stuff to it. So it’s kinda savoury and sweet at the same time? Calamari was crispy and chewy inside. A really good combination and one of the best calamari dishes I have tasted :)
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The tom yum soup is pretty spicy but very addictive. The sour and spicy blends well together (not too over on either side). Again, the ingredients in the soup were generous and fresh, which makes it pretty worth the price!
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I’m definitely looking forward to visiting again soon! Do note their opening hours below if you’re visiting cause they close pretty early on weekdays & weekends :)

Ah Loy Thai
#01-39/40, Shaw Towers
100 Beach Road

Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Sat – Sun: 13:00 – 19:00
Closed: PH

Skincare review: Papulex

Helloooo! Finally reviewing the Papulex range which I’ve been using for the past 2 – 3 months. This is not a sponsored post (I paid for these products) and I’m only sharing them cause these are great products which I feel you should know about!

Papulex was recommended to me by Dr Kan from Trinity Medical and I’m so glad she did!

If you’re not aware, I suffer from Rosacea (read here). It has gotten much better under the care of my doctors at Trinity Medical. When I got started on these products, I have sensitive, dehydrated skin with breakouts.

My cleanser for the past few years have been Bioderma (a wipe off, non-rinse cleanser) because it’s the only thing that does not irritate or dehydrate my skin. But was wiping with micellar water really clean enough? It wasn’t. My breakouts kept recurring, and I noticed especially so after wearing bb cream/foundation.

Papulex

Dr Kan put me on two papulex products:

1) Papulex Moussant Soap Free Cleansing Gel 150ml
2) Papulex Oil-Free cream 40ml

Papulex Moussant Soap Free Cleansing Gel 150ml

KEY BENEFITS:

  • Helps reduce imperfections while cleansing the skin gently with its soap-free formula
  • Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes while keeping skin feeling smooth and fresh
  • Gentle and ideal for daily acne care for sensitive skin

This cleanser comes in a light green colour, and it’s texture is rich and thick. Not sure why it’s a soap free cleanser when it still foams up though. I squeeze a little from the packaging and lather it up in my palms before massaging it onto my skin for a good 1-2 minutes.

I was really apprehensive about using a facial foam for the first time in like years, all cause previous experiences with facial foams leave my skin feeling dry, taut and peeling. BUT, this cleanser does not!

And that’s something worth mentioning coming from someone who has really sensitive and dehydrated skin. My skin feels more supple after cleansing and it’s not so red after cleansing anymore.

Papulex Oil-Free cream 40ml

I have never loved moisturisers. In fact, I only used to put moisturiser on when my skin is peeling cause…. any time I put it on, they break me out!

When I squeezed some moisturiser out of the tub, I was shocked to see that it’s a thick white cream. I thought “Die already lah, confirm breakout after using one” but was suprised yet again when applying that it has a really light consistency. It does not feel oily AT ALL despite looking thick and oily. It’s really an oil-free cream that suits my dehydrated skin, by adding moisture and not oil.

A little goes a long way and a tube will last me about two months with everyday use.

The combination of these two products works awesomely together, with the cleanser moisturising and deep-cleansing my skin, while the oil-free cream delivers moisture without the oiliness that may cause breakouts.

My skin has never looked better in years and as their tagline says “Love your skin again”, I’m happy to see my skin improving.

I believe in having a good routine at home. It’s much more effective than using the wrong products everyday and going for treatment (like facials / lasers) every month. Will keep on using these and hopefully, see a difference in a few more months :)

If you’re keen, I got my Papulex products at Trinity Medical.

87 Marine Parade Central
Level 2 #02-500A
Singapore 440087
Tel: 6344 0027

Restaurant Week: Taratata Bistrot & The Royal Mail

Restaurant week has just concluded and I’m glad to have tried 2 restaurants with the boyf this time round :) Thanks to Michy for the Amex code so we got priority booking before it was open to public! For those who have never heard of restaurant week, it’s an event held twice a year, where good restaurants offer a set menu for lunch/dinner at really good rates. Lunches are usually $25++ and dinner priced at $35++.

We chose lunch on two Saturdays so we could start the day off with a good meal. The two restaurants we picked are Taratata Bistrot (French cuisine) and The Royal Mail (Modern European cuisine).

Here are some of the dishes we tried!

Taratata Bistrot, 25 October, Lunch at 1pm

Arrived at our given timeslot and found a long snaking queue outside. Turns out the previous seating was a little delayed so they were still setting up the tables inside. We were finally seated and waited for quite a while before we got our bread and butter.

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For appetisers, the escargot drizzled with butter and garlic was melt-in-the-mouth delicious.
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For mains, I tried the cod while he had the chicken. The cod was smooth and cooked to perfection, complete with crisp skin and tender succulent meat. Didn’t like the pea puree that came with it though. The poached stuffed chicken was a little too dry and the only redeeming factor is the mushroom sauce that comes with it.
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Dessert was a huge portion of warm apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. The combination of something warm and cold is always delightful, like molten lava cake & vanilla ice cream. This apple crumble was a little sour, but goes well with the ice cream. Maybe a smaller portion of this will be better, as my ice cream melted before I was even halfway through with the crumble.
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Overall, good experience at Taratata Bistrot and I will revisit for the food again. It has a very authentic french vibe, which could make it a good location for a romantic saturday date night.

Taratata Bistrot
35A KEONG SAIK ROAD
SINGAPORE 089142
Tel: 6221 4506

The Royal Mail, Ascott Singapore, 1 Nov, Lunch

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Have never been to the Ascott prior to this and was pleasantly surprised that there’s such a stylish hotel in Raffles Place. We were greeted and seated promptly upon arrival. The air-conditioning was a little too cold and the waitress helped to change our seats promptly when we made the request.

For the appetisers, I had the pan-seared foie gras while my partner tried the pan-seared scallops. The portion of foie gras was substantial, and I still can’t get that buttery and silky goodness out of my mind. The scallops were soft and tasty, but paled in comparison to the foie gras.
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For the mains, I had the pan-seared salmon while the partner tried the braised beef cheeks. The salmon exceeded my expectations. It had a crisp finish on the skin yet the meat was moist and succulent. The orange sauce gave it a very fresh, zesty taste. The braised beef cheeks were melt-in-the-mouth with a tinge of bitterness, probably due to the red wine chocolate sauce.
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For desserts, I tried the white chocolate panna cotta while he had the chocolate fondue. The panna cotta was a little too sweet for my liking but the consistency is good. Nothing fantastic about the chocolate fondue; just cut fruits with a dark chocolate sauce. The kiwi was slightly too sour.

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Overall, the food was good and worth every bit of the $25++ we paid per pax. More than often, the service and ambience of a place also determines whether one will revisit. And The Royal Mail’s service was definitely prompt. For a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary, I will recommend The Royal Mail.

The Royal Mail
Ascott Raffles Place Singapore,
2 Finlayson Green, 049247 Singapore
Phone: 6509 3589