Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Better Florist - Luxury Floral and Plant Service

Love is something that should not be displayed only on special occasion, it should be shown on a daily basis. Sending your loved ones flower is a good way to deliver your message.

Girls still love receiving flowers, it makes us feel excited at the sight of it. Flower symbolizes romance, it is a tradition to buy a flower for your wife or girlfriend as a token of love. 

There’s a story behind every flower gift, it can deliver the message of: 
- Thank you. 
- I’m thinking of you. 
- I love you. 

You want to show someone special that you care, and so every detail has to be right.

It has been awhile since I last received flowers.
That's why my mood instantly lifted up when I received this lovely bouquet flower from A Better Florist.

Thanks A Better Florist for brightening up on day.

Rest assured of the quality because the flowers are sourced directly from flower farms in the Cameron Highlands and the bouquet is designed by their professional florist. Each bouquet looks stunning and is long-lasting.

I received The Keira bouquet ($98) from A Better Florist.

The bouquet is filled with fresh lilies, roses and a delicate posy of ammi majus that is wrapped in their signature rustic burlap. The Keira makes me stop and stare. 

Being wrapped in a rustic burlap helps to protect every petal, making the bouquet long lasting.

I was charmed by the floral fragrance, the smell of fresh flowers made me feel like I was in a garden with flowers close by my side.

A Better Florist is Singapore's leading luxury floral and plant service. They are available islandwide in Singapore.

Purchasing a bouquet of flowers is an easy process:

1. Visit the website 
2. Browse through their creation of beautifully curated bouquets
3. Fill in your details to checkout

A Better Florist offers same-day delivery, the flowers is deliver from 9am - 6pm daily. They also provide 90 minutes express flower delivery for last minute orders. No delivery cost and GST.

Though flowers will not last long, looking at the flowers make people feel happy. So just enjoy the moment of being loved and pampered. Receiving flowers make a girl feel special.

A Better Florist also teach us flower care to keep our flowers blooming and looking gorgeous.

A Better Florist offers a variety of flowers/bouquet that you can choose from, ranging from signature blooms and farmer's choice.

Signature blooms

There are 4 options under this category:
The Allison: Tulips and meadow whites
- The Emilia: Pastel roses, calla lilies, matthiola and protea
- The Lilah: Bright blooms and starburst pincushion
- The Julianne: Red and champagne roses.

This bouquet are handcrafted, thoughtfully designed and Instagram-ready. Perfect for birthdays and big days.

Farmer's choice

Also 4 options under this category:
The Spring Breeze: Luscious blooms that comes with a rustic mason jar
The Ayla: Sunflowers and luscious greens
The Keira: what I receive
The Hayden: comes in a reclaimed wood box

Thanks A Better Florist once again for brightening up my dull week, adding colours to my day.

First time user can key in the promo code: “ABETTERWELCOME” for $5 off your first order.

For more information, please visit https://www.abetterflorist.com/

Bukit Batok Town Park - Little Guilin

I have been wanting to visit Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin for the longest time, a place that is known for its beautiful landscape. So during this long weekend, we made a trip down to Bukit Batok Town Park for a stroll along the park.

The nearest MRT station is Bukit Gombak.

We went in the late afternoon at around 5pm to avoid the scorching sun, turned out the sky was gloomy.

Bukit Batok Town Park resembles Guilin in China, that's how the name Xiao Guilin is derived. The towering rock cliffs make a majestic backdrop to the large lake.

The sight resembles what I always seen on ancient period drama, giving me a fantastic view of the tranquil lake.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 
Little Guilin is more than just a lake, it has a spectacular view to offer.

Embracing what the nature brings us, a moment of peace and serene.
A great retreat for the city dwellers. Many families and joggers were there for a run or stroll too.

We sat on one of the big rocks for quite awhile, trying to achieve relaxed state of mind. This is one of the rare moment where we just sat down doing nothing and enjoy the present moment. We cast our phones aside, away from the internet, except for taking pictures. I really appreciate this because I like it when people give all their attention to the person they are meeting. That's the purpose of meeting up isn't it?
If not, you can just stare at your phone for my updates.

Enjoy the breeze and birds chipping. Life can actually be so idyllic.
I wasn't in a good mood that day, so I appreciate the peace the place has brought to me.

I have katsu don and chawanmushi for dinner at Kopitiam.
I was so full that I couldn't finish the rice. 
This meal was also one of my fastest and quiet meal.

It was a bad day for me, I didn't meant it to hurt the people around me. 
I hate myself being like this, I need to learn to control my temper so it won't affect the people around me.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Johor Bahru Day 3: Restoran Ya Wang + Why Him Movie Review

It's the first day of 2017.
Happy new year, everybody.

We woke up at 8 plus again to have our free breakfast buffet provided by the hotel. Feel a little dreading today, it was our last day of our short getaway. We headed down to the restaurant at same timing as yesterday.

We started our day with a nice breakfast provided by the hotel. The eggs were so nice and addictive, we helped ourselves with 2 servings, so yummy.

Other than eggs, I also ate you tiao. 
It is not crispy like the one we have in Singapore.

Went back hotel to rest until check out time.
Pack our barang barang too.

Selfie time.

Dome with packing up.
Time for check out and proceed for our lunch.

I have a comfortable 3D2N stay at New York Hotel. It is decent and clean, a place that I will want to come back and stay again.

Stepping out of our hotel.
Waiting for the car to pick us up.

We traveled down to Jalan Segget which is near JB custom to try out Restoran Ya Wang 鸭皇药材烧腊大王.

A very famous restoran for their duck. It was nearly full house when we reached at 12.30pm.

We had ai yu ice jelly drink recommended by the staff.
The drink was refreshing and ease our thirst. 

We ordered half a duck to share.
I'm not really a fan of herbal but this herbal duck is an exception. The gravy coated gave a savoury taste and the herbal taste was not that overwhelming.

My favourite omelette.
I simply love eating eggs.

Having good food makes me happy.
 Lunch cost about RM67.

After lunch, we walked to JB City Square which was around 10 minutes walk. We decided to catch a movie before we went back to Singapore. We were watching 'Why Him' which started at 2.30pm. The movie ticket costs RM18 per person.

During the holidays, loving but overprotective Ned (Bryan Cranston) travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford University. While there, he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). Even though Laird is a multimillionaire, Ned disapproves of his freewheeling attitude and unfiltered language. His panic level escalates even further when he learns that Laird plans to ask for Stephanie's hand in marriage.

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'Why Him' is a hilarious and entertaining show. I was laughing all the way from start to end. There is lots of swearing words use. It's about a movie of how the future father-in-law accepts the prospective son-in-law, how they get along and win her father's consent.

It's worth watching for the humour.

Movie rating: 3.5/5

Before I left JB, I got macha and salted egg cheese tarts from Season.
I find it nice when I first tried in at KP's place, so I wanna it for my family to try.

Back to Singapore, I have my dinner at Kopitiam before heading back home.

That goes my 3 days short getaway trip. 
It was my first time away of Singapore during New Year. Back to Singapore for a new beginning. Hope 2017 will be an awesome year, happy 2017.

Can't wait for the next getaway.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Movie Review: Shock Wave & Boss Baby

This week seemed like a week for movies, I have watched 2 movies in a week - Shock Wave and Boss Baby. Let me share with you the review for these 2 movies.

Tuesday 18/4/17

Headed down to VivoCity after work to watch the preview of the movie. Thanks CK and CF for asking me along for the movie.

Shock Wave 拆弹专家 (PG13: Violence)

Running time: 119 minutes

Synopsis:
 Cheung Choi-san (Andy Lau) is a senior inspector of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD), a bomb disposal expert. 7 years ago, he went undercover and became the apprentice of Hung Kai-pang (Jiang Wu), a top wanted criminal specializing in bombs. During the operation, Hung manages to escape while his younger brother and allies were captured. To seek revenge for Cheung's betrayal, Hung comes back 7 years later and prepares to plant a series bombs in Hong Kong, which creates public panic, and lures Cheung out for action to unfold an ultimate plan for revenge.

Someone has to do the job, so Cheung wants to be that someone, to take on the job and protect everyone else. He is even willing to sacrifice himself to save the rest. His courage and righteous character is what I admire.

The movie also show the romance side of Cheung where he fall in love with a school teacher, Carmen, starred by Song Jia. They broke up eventually due to the dangerous nature of Cheung's work.

The thing that they feared happen. Cheung found Carmen in a car boot being tied up with a grenade held in her hands. Hung wanted Cheung to experience the helpless feeling he felt when they captured their brother. Now he is back for revenge against those participated in the operation 7 years ago.

Hung blocked the highway tunnel and exit and held hundreds of people as hostages with 1,000kg of C4 explosives being activated. He demanded the release of his brother from the prison and helicopter to get them out of Hong Kong.

With hostages, machine guns and bombs put all over the place, we can imagine how many lives are lost and how emotional the scene will be. It has heart wrenching and sorrow scene that drove me to tears.

Hong Kong's police film is always worth the watch. Head over to the cinema theatre to catch it now.

Rating: 4/5


Friday 21/4/17

Finally it's TGIF, weekend is here again. I welcome my weekend with a dinner and movie date.
We been wanting to watch Boss Baby since it started showing, but we couldn't find time to do so.

We decided to watch at Golden Village @ Plaza Singapura as I have a $10 capitaland voucher to utilize. After purchasing the ticket, we settled our dinner at The Manhattan FISH MARKET.

We have fish & chips for our dinner.
The dory fish was crispy on the outer and moist on the inner. The cheese and mayo sauce help to blend the oiliness of the fish so it did not leave much of a greasy feel after eating. Just nice for movie after our meal.

The Boss Baby is a hilariously story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, 

Where on earth does a baby arrived in wearing a suit?
Yea, it's Boss Baby.

Soon after his bossy baby brother's arrival, 7 years old Tim discovered the weird actions of his brother.  A baby could talk and conduct babies meeting with the babies in their neighbourhood. Boss Baby is here for a mission to destroy the puppy's plan and save the babies from extinction.

To execute his plan, he needs the help from Tim. In order for Tim to help him, they make a deal.
Boss Baby will return back to Baby Corp (the company he is working for) after the mission and Tim will then become the only child back and enjoy his parents' attention.

From loggerheads to brothers, the pairs has bonded and get along well through the collaboration to accomplish the mission. The movie sends out a strong mission on family bonding. No matter how fierce we always fight with our siblings, during times of danger, the siblings love will automatically be displayed and we will protect each other with our lives.

It is a hilarious movie with happy ending. Suitable for family to watch.

Rating: 3.5/5

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Johor Bahru City Square: Sushi King + Fast & Furious 8 Movie Review

Ever since I came back from Bangkok, I keep having the urge to travel again.
Hence, I decided to visit Johor Bahru (JB) for a half day trip to have a sumptuous meal and movie during this long weekend.

A photo before I left my house at 2.45pm.
We headed in to JB at a slightly later timing so that I can spend some time on my assignment before enjoying my day.

We cleared the custom in JB at about 4.30pm.
From Kranji to JB, we only spent 45 minutes. If you don't really have much stuffs to do in JB, coming in at a later timing is good. Not so jammed.

We immediately went to mmCineplexes to purchase Fast & Furious 8 movie tickets for 6.15pm showtime. The movie costs RM18 per pax.

We went down to B1 to look for places for dinner.
Stopped by the fruit stall for some fruits before dinner.

I have dinner at Sushi King again. I have this the other time at KSL.
We have an early dinner before we catch the movie.

Sushi King is located at B1. There are 2 escalators leading to B1, remember to find the right one because the other one lead you to the carpark. The makan place at B1 is really a hidden gem.

We picked some of the sushi from the conveyor belt while waiting for the dishes to be served.

Tamago.

Salmon Skin Piri Piri.
I have tried before fish skin, but this is my first time trying salmon skin. It didn't taste as crispy and as good as fish skin.

California Maki which includes crabstick, cucumber and omelette roll topped with fish roe.

I love the Salmon Teriyaki the most. 
The salmon is juicy and delicious, it is grilled to perfection and drizzled with sweet sauce, making every bite tasted flavourful.

The kitchen took quite a long while to serve the cook food. We were done eating and just purely waiting for our ordered food to be served. They took nearly half an hour to serve the food.

We have Soft Shell Crab Tenpura again. 
We love the deep-fried soft shell crab served with tenpura gravy,

Nevertheless, we have a delicious dinner and the dinner cost was RM102.

Time checked, we still have 15 minutes left. We decided to go to Secret Recipe for a cake.

Feeling full, we ordered one slice of white chocolate cake for sharing.
With tummy filled, we were ready for the 2 hours 18 minutes movie.

In this instalment, a mysterious woman who turns out to be a cyber terrorist. She got Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) to work for her and bring him into the world of terrorism. He turns his back on his family and betrays their trust.

The movie started off with a action packed car racing in Cuba when Dom is in Cuba for his honeymoon trip. He has a race with the Cuban loan shark and they become friends after the race.

One can expect a lot of action packed scene from the movie. From the start to end of the movie, it will keep your eyes glued to the screen. There is a part where Cipher (Charlize Theron) controls the whole town vehicles and make them move in sync all at the same time. It is a sight that I never see before.

This is a movie where all racer expert with different skill sets come together to prevent a cyber terrorist from destroying the world.

Rating: 4/5

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It was nearly 9pm when we finished watching the movie. We dropped by Hui Lau Shan (許留山) for dessert before coming back to Singapore.

Ordered a mango ice with coconut juice for sharing.

I have learnt my lesson, it is not a wise idea to leave at some a late timing. The custom and bus was packed with lots of people. A safe timing will be to leave before 9pm so that there is no need to worry about catching last train home.

Today is a rare occasion that I didn't get anything for myself in JB. I was purely there for eating and watching movie. There are lots of food and restaurant to eat in JB, I going to try them one by one.

Good bye JB, I will be back soon.

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