Monday, July 21, 2014

The Escape Hunt‏ - Escaping a High-Tech Reality Game

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Are you starting to run out of ideas on where to hang out during weekend or what to do during group outing?

Introducing you a new hangout place where you can have lots of fun playing with your friends “escape hunt” reality game:

The Escape Hunt‏.

The Escape Hunt Experience is a unique adventure based on the classic “escape the room” games now popular in many places around the world. Players are locked in a simple room with objects and feel like being inside a computer game while searching for clues and solving puzzles trying to escape.

Turn yourself into Sherlock Holmes at The Escape Hunt where you are transported back over 100 years and play the part of a famous London detective with your colleagues trying to solve a mystery set in Singapore.

The Escape Hunt‏ is a Global Live Escape Game with more than 20 branches in the world.

The games are designed by a UK mensa member, who has a Masters in Psychology from Cambridge. They are designed in multi-dimensional, and non-linear. Game play follows a strong story line and are logical, instead of random.

Upon  entering, we were being brought to the lounge area before the start of our game. The place was very cosy and vintage classic. It totally feels like we were being transported back to the world of Sherlock Holmes.

We were ready to start our game.

They have 6 rooms at Escape Hunt that is split into 3 different adventures. (Game layout will be changed every 6 months)
Each has an exciting and different theme. Each theme has an entirely different set of puzzles and codes so you can of course come back to play out other room later and still enjoy the experience equally. 

There is also an option for advanced room for those who believe themselves of superior intellect – Put it to the test!

Play as a team of 2 – 5 players & choose from 3 unique games set in 6 indoor rooms.
Each game is 60 minutes per session.

One thing I like about The Escape Hunt‏ is that they do not combine groups with each other. For example, if your group only have 2 players, the room is yours exclusively. They will not combine you with other group to make it 5 players. Not only that, you will also have your own dedicated game master waiting just outside the room if you need any help.

A crime has been committed, and it is up to our group to solve it. Time to use our detective brain to work it out and solve the mystery and escape before the time is up.

At Escape Hunt, slow and steady wins the race simply don't work. To escape, you need to think on your feet - fast! Stand united as a team, or fall divided as individuals. Time is running out...

My experience:

The game was really fun. It got us cracking our brains and think out of the box to find the clues to open the lock. It is not easy to be Sherlock Holmes, we need to think deeply to piece the clues together. Nothing in the game room is placed there by chance, there is always more than meets the eye. 

There is this saying - 3 brain is better then 1 brain. It requires us to work together as a team where there is more opinions and more people to share the load.

Nevertheless, we managed to escape the room with some helps from our game master.

Our adventure did not end here. After our game, there was a photo taking segment where we get dress up in Sherlock Holmes costumes.

With my partner in crime - GF.

With my awesome team.
There were also props for us to pose with too.

After which, we went over to the lounge area for a nice cup of complimentary tea and biscuits. A perfect way to end off the session to have a sip of tea and share our game experience with one another.

Though The Escape Hunt might not the cheapest among the provider, but they provide great value for money as they deliver much better games and customer service than anyone out there.

The Escape Hunt is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year with first game at 10am and last game at 8:30pm.
It is fantastic fun for all ages and ability levels giving you unforgettable memories.

Pricing: 
2 pax @ $38/pax 
3 pax @ $33/pax 
4 pax @ $30/pax 
5 pax @ $28/pax

For more information, please visit http://singapore.escapehunt.com/


The Escape Hunt‏
Concorde Hotel & Shopping Mall
100 Orchard Road, 
#02-43, Singapore 238840

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Giveaway: My Singapore Project Charity Concert for President's Challenge 2014

Winners have been selected and notified. Thanks for joining the giveaway.
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My Singapore Project is in its fourth year running. 

Led by local singer and composer Lorraine Tan, this movement has grown from a small individual project to a large scale one that involves schools, education institutions as well as like-minded individuals from the broader community who believe in helping the less fortunate through music.

Every year, Lorraine will create an original song and music video in celebration of National Day, with the hope of inspiring fellow Singaporeans to do their part for the society by helping the less fortunate as they pursue their dreams and work towards their goals. 

Her song and music video in support of ST School Pocket Money Fund last year had garnered over 240 thousand views and awesome comments on YouTube. 

Check out the music video here.

The official beneficiary this year for My Singapore Project Charity Concert is the President's Challenge 2014.

Under President's Challenge 2014, there will be a total of 63 charities in Singapore that will benefit from this project which includes Children, Youth & Family Services, Disability Services, Eldercare Services, Rehabilitation - Halfway Houses / Ex-Offenders, Healthcare, Disability Sports, Education - Special Needs and Cross Sectors.

For a complete list of the 63 beneficiaries, please click here.

This year, together with presenting charity sponsor, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, the movement aims to raise $375,000 for official beneficiary - President’s Challenge 2014. Let's do our part and help to make this possible.

MY SINGAPORE PROJECT’S Concert 2014

Official Beneficiary: President's Challenge 2014
Presenting Sponsor: CapitaLand Hope Foundation 
Guest of Honour: President Tony Tan Keng Yam
Concert date: 12 Aug 2014 (Tuesday) 
Time: 7.30pm 
Venue: The Star Performing Arts Centre 
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green #04-01 Singapore 138617

Tickets can be purchase at sistic - http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/mysg0814

There is also a 'Sponsor A Kid' ticket where one will only pay $38 to sponsor a kid to watch the concert. The kids whom they are sponsoring will be from the charities under the President’s Challenge 2014. It will be a treat for them! The information can be found at Sistic Page under 'Sponsor' tab.

Purchase the ticket and support this good cause. Even if you cannot make it to the concert, you can help to sponsor a kid too.

Photo credits to My Singapore Project 2014, Patrick Sng and Zhong Ming.

More than 150 volunteers turned up to show support at the recording of the My Singapore Project’s theme song for this year - Moments of Love

Amongst them were Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mayor, North East District; Ms Penny Low, Member of Parliament; presenting charity sponsor, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, as well as local personality Dr Jia Jia and local artiste Nathan Hartono.


Moments of Love music video.

The official theme song music video features students from Admiralty Primary, Park View Primary, Yang Zheng Primary and West Spring Primary; Bedok Town Secondary, Fuchun Secondary schools, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School and Hwa Chong Institution, alongside our Members of Parliament and local personalities and talents.

Photo credits to My Singapore Project 2014, Patrick Sng and Zhong Ming.

On the day of the concert, Lorraine will be singing her composed songs with different causes in mind. There will also be a surprise performance by local jazz sensation, Nathan Hartono.

Here are some of the songs she will be singing:


"Kindness is in Me" - Theme Song for Singapore Kindness Movement 2014


"Shine Singapore" - My Singapore 2013, In celebration of National Day NDP 2013.


"Smile And Love will Grow" - My Singapore 2012 (National Day NDP 2012)

Giveaway time:

I will be giving away 3 pairs of tickets to 3 lucky readers. Each ticket worth $88.

Here's what you need to do to win a pair of tickets:

Name any 3 of the 63 beneficiaries that will benefit from My Singapore Project Charity Concert for President's Challenge 2014‏. 

*hint can be found in this post.

Comment on this post your answer together with your name and email address.

or

Like my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValerieShuqing and share the link of this giveaway on your facebook. The link can be found at Valerie Shuqing Facebook.

Deadline of the giveaway: 8 August 2014 2359 hr

3 lucky winners will be picked.
Do note that the giveaway is only for readers living in Singapore.

All the best.

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Do give your support for this good cause by purchasing the tickets or sponsor a kid if you can. It will be a night with lots of songs that will touch your heart.

If you are interested in sponsorships, donations and voluntary work, you can find out more at https://www.facebook.com/MySingapore.By.LorraineTan

See you at the concert.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏ @ The Star Vista

Thai food has become more and more popular in recent years due to the wide variety of Thai dishes they offered. I am now a Thai food lover too. 

Are you always looking out for good Thai food restaurant?

If yes, today I will be introducing you a good hangout place for Thai food:

Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏.

I went to the outlet at The Star Vista. Porn's brings in the concept of SEXY.THAI.FOOD where the diners can select from a variety of more than 50 scrumptious Thai street fares and the Thai drinks are also brewed fresh daily.

Do you know that Porn's Sexy Thai Food is also co-owned by the well-known Mediacorp artiste, Pornsak?

Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏ is co-owned by Pornsak and his business partner, Tuan How.

As we all know, Pornsak grew up in Thailand. Being in Singapore for so many years, Pornsak started missing his hometown food and decided to bring in the most authentic Thai food in his hometown to let everybody have a try. This is how Pornsak's Thai restaurant chain started.

Well, what does Porn's remind you of?

The first thought that came to my mind was sexual lust, but this is definitely not what Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏ means. The definition of Porn's actually means "blessing" and "good wishes" in Thai.

Upon entering, the lively colour of the restaurant ambience cheers me up.

The setting is so much different from the other Thai restaurant that I went to. Usually Thai restaurant will have very authentic setting with the monuments or statues displayed in it. But at Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏, you will not find anything like that. Instead, this Thai restaurant‏ has a very colourful setting that brings out a cheeky and playful concept. It totally suits the name of Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏.

I was pondering on choosing the drink and the staff immediately recommended me their signature drink, Roselle Drink.

This is one of the most popular herbal drink in Thailand. This is refreshing drink that is best served when it is chilled, it immediately eased my thirst.

Get ready for a feast.

I started my meal with Green Mango Salad ($7.90).

The salad was made up of Thai green mango, roasted peanuts, crunchy shrimps tossed together with a palette of Thai spices.

The salad was very appetising and I could taste a fusion of flavours in it. It tasted sweet, sour and mild spicy. The mango salad has spiced up my appetite.

Tom Yum Prawn Soup- Clear Soup Base ($10.90 / $13.90)

The Tom Yum soup was available in 2 different soup base - Red / Clear.

At the look at it, it may look at some bland seafood soup. Do not be deceive by it, the tom yum soup was flavoursome. Being teamed up with chili and lemongrass, it was infused with hot and sour flavour, giving the soup a distinct taste. 

After finishing the small soup of tom yum soup, I could feel the burning sensation down my throat. Totally awesome.

The soup was filled with generous fresh ingredients. 
The soup at Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏ are cooked one bowl at a time. This ensures the freshness of the ingredients and boost the flavour of the soup.

Stir-fried Kang Kong ($7.90).

The kang kong was fried swiftly with cloves of garlic, salted beans and chopped chili. This is a very popular vegetable dishes that is served in Asian cuisines. My favourite veggie.

Thai Prawn Cake ($8.90).

The prawn cake was fried to perfection and I enjoyed the crispy outer layer. The prawn cake was well seasoned with pepper in it, bringing out the enhanced flavour of the dish. It was accompanied with Thai chili sauce which gave a sweet and hot flavouring to the prawn cake.

Helping myself to more of it.

Pad Thai ($9.90)

A popular Thai rice noodle dish served with seafood, great to eat with a squeeze of lime, fish sauce, chili flakes, ground peanuts and sugar.

The best part is you can even control the flavour of the Pad Thai. For example, if you prefer sweet tasting, then you just mix the sugar with your Pad Thai. If you prefer spicy flavour, then you just go for the chili flakes.

For me, I want a fusion of everything so I had the garnishes all mixed.

Kai Pin was in-charge of mixing the garnishes together.

Pad Thai is a must try at Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏.
The noodle was soft and chewy. I got my desired flavour which combined sweet, sour and hot together. My tongue was feeling hot after eating it, do have a glass of drink to stand by at your side.

We ended off our meal with Sticky Rice with Mango ($8.50).

A very classic Thai dessert. The sticky rice tasted delicious with coconut milk soaked on it.

Complement the sticky rice with mango. 
Indulging myself in the delectable treat. The mango was sweet and juicy. Each bite tasted so good, it made me want to go for more.

Well, I had a really sumptuous meal at Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏. Thanks Tuan How for hosting and being so patient in explaining all the details to us. We had an enjoyable time at the restaurant.

If you are looking for a nice place with good Thai food and relaxing ambience, Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏ is the place for you.

Currently, Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏ has 4 outlets in Singapore located at Liang Seah Street, Mount Faber SAFRA, Junction 10 and The Star Vista.

For more information, please visit http://www.porns.com.sg/


Porn's Sexy Thai Food‏
The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green
#02-09 Singapore 138617

Operating hour: 11am to 10pm daily

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

City Square Mall's Food Trail: Paddington House of Pancakes

2nd stop: Paddington House of Pancakes

Located at level 2 of City Square Mall is Paddington House of Pancakes (PHOP), the world of pancake.
If you love anything about pancake, this is the place for you. PHOP serves authentic pancake from all around the world. 

Initially before heading down, I thought it is a place where people go for dessert where it serves only desserts like pancake with ice-cream etc. But when I was at PHOP, I was awed by their wide variety of menu with more than 100 dishes, it was totally different from what I think. Ranging from appetizer to main course to dessert, they have everything you can think of.

City Square Mall is the only outlet for Paddington House of Pancakes. 
The place is spacious and has a peaceful ambience, it's a very nice place to hang out with good friends to have a good meal and chatting away.

Here were the dishes we tried that night:

Hot red velvet chocolate with marshmallows ($7)

The drink has a rich taste of coca and the mini marshmallows literally melt in my mouth.

Summer berries yoghurt smoothie ($7)

A very refreshing drink that will cool us down during hot weather.

Kiwi lime and lychee ($5)

Yet another refreshing drink that is good for cleansing. The lime helps to boost the overall flavour of the drink that stimulate one's appetite. There was a well balance of sweet and sourness that makes me want to drink it all.

Salsa taco salad ($14)

We started our meal with Salsa Taco Salad, an enticing healthy dish with lettuce, tomato and egg that is placed in a crispy taco bowl made from pancake.

Vienna pannekoek ($13)

Are you a lover of traditional flat pancake?
Vienna pannekoek is made of flat pancake that is similar to crepe. It is toppled with lots of toppings like sausages and onions. Very pizza-like.

Look at our yummy spread.

Nice $16

As the name suggested, you know this dish is really nice.
The chicken grilled mozzarella, chicken bacon, mushrooms, prawns, pineapple was wrapped with crepe and creamy mushroom sauce.

The chicken was well-grilled and the combination of it was simply great.

Aussie burger chicken ($16)

The puffins with homemade chicken pattie, onions, pineapple rings, gherkins, tomaoes, grilled cheddar, sunny side up egg & fries.

The sunny side up egg was cooked to perfection with the thick runny egg yolk in it. And if you burst the egg yolk with a fork, you will find the runny yolk came flowing out.

Every dish served fascinate us. I didn't know that pancake can be served in so many forms.

Time for dessert:

Hot blintzes with banana, cheese and peanut butter ($13)

The crepe was filled with banana slices together with cheese and peanut butter. Love it with it is accompanied with ice-cream. I simply love ice-cream so much.

Big treasure box ($15)

It was indeed a big treasure box with ice-cream, strawberry, banana, mini dollar pancake, nuts and raisins.
You can enjoy the fruits and sweet savoury all at the same time.

Tiramisu Sundae ($8)

The sundae was filled with warm mini dollar pancake in it.
The pancake was very fluffy in the inner and coated with the tiramisu sundae, it tasted sweet to perfection.

We had an enjoyable meal to end off our Wednesday night.
PHOP has also launched new fondue flavours - chocolate, butterscotch, salted butter caramel, red velvet and white chocolate. Be sure to try it.

Thanks PHOP for having us. I will make a visit back again to try more other varieties, all of them look so delicious.

Paddington House of Pancakes 
City Square Mall, #02-35/36 
180 Kitchener Road,
Singapore 208529 
www.citysquaremall.com.sg

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