Saturday, November 28, 2015

Are You Ready For Christmas?

Hip hip hooray... Christmas, our favorite time of the year is here again! Last weekend, we took our Christmas tree out of storage and #babysumokids had fun putting up the tree and decorating it.

After two years of doing it, the kids are so pro at it now. They will take out the tree, fluff up the branches - slight break while mummy and daddy put up the lights and tinsel - then finished by tree decorating. Children are really great helpers, and they can also get creative and have fun. What a great family bonding activity!

How are your Christmas preparations going?

Beautiful sunrise earlier that morning

Here are some other cool Christmas crafts which you do with your kids: snowman, and edible Santa Claus & Gang

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Xperience Restaurant, Sofitel So Singapore

During our stay at Sofitel So Singapore, we had the pleasure of having dinner at Xperience Restaurant, the hotel's signature restaurant and bar. With a relaxed yet stylish gastro-bar dining concept, Xperience takes guests on a one-of-a-kind interactive culinary journey of the senses.

Helming the kitchen is Sofitel So Singapore's Resident Culinary Designer, Trevor Paulo. Earlier this month, a brand new menu created by Chef Trevor was unveiled at the restaurant.

The new menu stays true to the restaurant's concept of a sophisticated combination of modern European tastes with Asian touches. At Xperience, diners are able to design their own customised menus, based on different culinary experiences - crunchy, juicy, smoky, creamy, silky, spicy and zesty – to name a few.

In the restaurant, you will find a custom-built matt-black and rose-gold 20-ft Molteni oven

We went for the Signature Menu (S$75), which entitles you to a 3-course meal of Chef Trevor's signature creations. There are 2 entrees, 2 mains and 2 desserts to choose from, so to make it easy, we we went for one of each.

For entree, we had the Foie Gras and Truffle Siew Mai (S$31) as well as Chili Crab Taco. They were both good, however if I had to choose one between the two, I would go for the siew mai. It may look like an ordinary siew mai, but hidden within is a piece of foie gras. The siew mai itself is made of duck meat, sits in a Japanese dashi broth, complemented perfectly by the foie gras. We would have liked it if the truffle taste was more distinct, but nevertheless a really enjoyable dish - juicy and plump, oh-So-delicious!

The Chilli Crab Taco (S$24) features one of Singapore's most famous dishes, the Singapore chilli crab. Crab meat is removed and topped onto a soft taco with fresh cabbage, red onions, coriander and homemade kaffir lime oil. However, we felt that this was a bit pricey considering you only get 1 piece.

We were impressed with the generous portions of the mains as well as the beautiful plating of the dishes. I had the Laksa Risotto (S$40), which clearly showcases European technique with Asian flavours. The risotto was rich and creamy and is cooked in a curried base, giving it a lovely spicy kick, redolent of laksa, one of Singapore's famous dishes. Crab meat, charred squid and king prawn, all perfectly cooked, adorns the risotto.

Hubby had the Kampong Chicken (S$27) served with potato mousseline, egg confit, bok choy and black bean vinaigrette, and it was fantastic! One of the best chicken dishes we've had in a while, we were told that the tender, flavorful chicken was cooked sous vide, and then roasted. The potato mousseline was silky smooth and the egg confit completes this beautiful dish.

For dessert, we shared the Lemon Marshmallow (S$18) as well as Araguani Cremeux (S$18). Out of the two, I preferred the tangy Lemon Marshmallow, which was served with almond crumble, lemon curd, ginger jelly, meringue and popping candy. It was a lovely finish to the fantastic meal. The Araguani Cremeux was slightly too bitter for my liking, though Hubby had no problems in polishing the plate off.

*Prices indicated next to each dish is the price if you ordered from the a la carte menu.

To celebrate the launch of the new menu, diners can get 25% off total a la carte food bill, valid til 29 December 2015. Available for weekday dinners and all day on weekends.

Opening times: 6.30am to 10.30pm daily.

Location: Xperience Restaurant, Lobby Level, 35 Robinson Road, 068876 Singapore.

Tel: +65 6701 6800

Nearest MRT: Raffles Place.

GPS Coordinates: 1.279826, 103.849763

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Award-winning Cantonese Cuisine @ Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental KL

From 26 to 29 November 2015, diners have the opportunity to catch award-winning Chinese Executive Chef Wong Wing Keung and his team from Yee Tung Heen restaurant of The Excelsior, Hong Kong at Lai Po Heen in Mandarin Oriental KL. They have put together special menus for lunch and dinner, which includes many of their award-winning Cantonese dishes.

We had a special preview of the 7-course dinner menu, which was well-executed and left us hankering for more. The menu overall is light, refined and the dishes came beautifully presented.

The meal started off with the Chiu Chow Dumplings, in three styles. These dumplings have been awarded the Gold Award by the Hong Kong Tourism Board in 2015, and features three dumplings paired with three different sauces. The traditional dumpling with yam is served with Chiu Chow chilli oil, vegetarian dumpling with mushroom and carrot is served with Chiu Chow tangerine oil and carrot and crab meat dumpling is served with preserved bean paste. The skin on each dumpling is delicate with a slightly chewy texture., complemented well by crunchy textures of the fillings.

Next is another award-winning dish, the Twin Mushroom Platter, which has won the Gold with Distinction Award from The Hong Kong Tourism Board 2015. One of them is the mushroom bun with assorted mushrooms. The bun has been steamed and then pan fried to give it a crispy outer layer, and then coated with chocolate to resemble a mushroom.  On the platter are also shitake mushrooms stuffed with Matsutake and shrimp paste as well as deep fried cordycep flowers. I really love the presentation of this dish.

According to Chef Wong, the double boiled honey locust fruit soup with Matsutake and assorted fungus is a popular soup with his customers at The Excelsior Hong Kong. This clear vegetarian soup was very smooth and light on the palate. It is made with a stock of apples, carrots, beansprouts and Chinese cabbage and double boiled for about 3 hours in total.

The steamed live grouper fillet is served with a sauce of egg white, tomato, broccoli and crab meat and finished off with a topping of crispy ginger.

Papaya is commonly used as an ingredient in sweet desserts, however Chef Wong felt that papaya would also work well in savoury dishes, hence this creation of simmered papaya with brown fungus in chicken broth.

One of the dishes which I really enjoyed during this meal was the braised rice with crab meat and spring onion. The green parts of the spring onion has been ground into a paste and added to the fried rice to give it a beautiful vivid green colour as well as a lovely earthy taste. Before serving, braised crab meat and scallops is poured around the rice. A really delicious dish, it's no wonder that this has garnered the Gold Award from The Hong Kong Tourism Board 2015.

The trio of desserts, comprising of the chilled ginger milk custard, black and white sesame rolls and deep fried mini sesame balls with egg custard were outstanding. The chilled ginger milk custard had a beautiful smooth texture and strong gingery fragrance and taste, topped with a jelly made of ginger and brown sugar. My favorite of them all is the deep fried mini sesame balls - I love the combination of soft interior and crispy exterior with the delicious egg custard filling. A sweet ending indeed!

The 7-course set dinner menu is available from 26 to 29 November 2015 for RM388 nett per person, or RM588 nett with wine pairing.

There will also be two menus for lunch, priced at RM68 per person. You can choose either the Assorted Chiu Chow Dumplings in Three Styles or the Assorted Hong Kong dim sum platter, which comes with the mushroom bun, steamed gold fish dumpling and deep fried lobster flower roll.

Steamed gold fish dumpling with prawn filling - so adorable. 


Opening times: 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch (Mon-Fri), 10.30am-2.30pm (Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays), 7pm to 10.30 for dinner (Mon-Sun).

Location: Lai Po Heen, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2179 8885


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Christmas @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Christmas is less than a month away now... how exciting!  In conjunction with the holiday season, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur will be offering a range of different festive promotions throughout the month of December.

Earlier this month, we were invited to a media preview at Sky Bar, Gobo Chit Chat, followed by Gobo Upstairs. What a fun, delicious evening it was!

We started off our evening at Sky Bar, sampling two of their festive drinks - Vanilla Ville (Hennessy VSOP, Galliano, fresh milk, vanilla ice cream)  and Peach Perfect (Belvedere, Cava, Peach Liqueor). 

Fantastic view from Sky Bar ;) This would be a great place to do your New Year countdown -- there will be a series of spectacular fireworks display against the Petronas Twin Towers on NYE.

Gobo Chit Chat, the hotel's all day dining restaurant will be offering a Christmas Eve Dinner, featuring International and local selection buffet with Christmas goodies. Priced at RM149 nett per person (RM199 nett with free flow bubbly and wine), you can expect to find whole lamb leg, beef wellington, roasted turkey and a fantastic array of Christmas desserts such as yule log. There will also be a Christmas Day Brunch buffet with the season's specialties (12.00pm to 3.30pm) priced at RM110 nett per person (RM145 nett per person with free flow bubbly and wine).

The beef Wellington was well-executed - loved the buttery pastry and tender beef ;)

If you prefer a sit-down course-by-course meal, check out Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill. The restaurant will be offering a Festive Set Dinner from 1-31 December 2015 (6.00-10.30pm), whereby diners can choose to have a 3-course meal from RM242 nett per person. There will also be a special menu for Christmas Eve Dinner - there will be 2 sessions, the first one at 6.00pm to 8.00pm for a 3-course menu (RM289 nett per person) or the second session from 8.30pm onwards, for a 6-course menu (RM329 nett per person). On Christmas Day, there will be an all-you-can-eat lunch with free flow bubbly and wine for RM168 nett per person.

Deconstructed seafood tartare  with scallops, green lip mussels, tiger prawn and black caviar

Blue Swimmer Crab Meat with ahi tuna, black caviar, compressed honeydew

Chestnut apple soup

Turkey Breast Mascarpone with giblet gravy, apple stuffing and orange cranberry sauce 

Grilled 150 days Black Angus Tenderloin with pomme puree, Madeira sauce and truffle essence

D'Indulge - chocolate indulgence with gold flakes and mini vanilla cone ice cream

Blueberries Almond Cream Tart with rum and raisin ice cream, raspberry volcano sauce and sea salt

For more details on their festive promotions, check out the website here.

Location: Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 03- 2332 9888

GPS Coordinates: 3.154271, 101.715417


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Zurich Protect Your True Love

I am very fortunate to have found and married my true love, someone who protects me and helps me flourish.  Together, we have formed a family of our own and have been blessed with two beautiful children.  During married life our relationship has continued to grow and together we now experience great satisfaction from sharing our love and providing protection for our children, #babysumokids.

As a parent, the desire to provide the best for my children in life, support and protect them is strong. When they were ready to take their first steps, we were there to watch over them and guide them. When they were ready to embark on their schooling journey, we as parents provided the best education we can afford.

Zurich provides insurance solutions that cater to the changing needs of Malaysians. When you truly love someone, you would protect them in the best way: which is with Zurich. They pride themselves on really getting to know you and what you truly value and love, so that they can create the best protection for the things you value.

Our personalised love lock (read below to find out how you can get your hands on one as well)

Since the invention of steel, locks are used as a way of making a statement to symbolize eternal love. Have you ever wondered about the stories behind each lock?

Zurich Insurance is giving you the chance to get a personalised lock to be displayed in the heart of KL and win many more fantastic prizes in their #ProtectTrueLove contest.

Here's how you can enter the #ProtectTrueLove contest:

i. Visit (or for more information, visit

ii. Customise your virtual locks by inserting two names and a date.

iii. Upload up to 3 photos of your loved ones and write a short description (not more than 1,000 characters) on what #ProtectTrueLove means to you and share your love stories.

iv. Fill in your personal information & submit contest entry.


Grand Prize: Travel Voucher Worth RM5,000.00
Second Prize: iPhone 6s X 2 (RM3,200.00 each)
Third Prize: RM500 Cash X 10
Consolation Prize: Zurich Merchandises X 100

Good luck everyone! I will also be taking part in this contest, lets hope together we can win some great prizes :-)

You can also catch Zurich's #ProtectTrueLove Structure, located outside Fahrenheit 88, Bukit Bintang. We took the opportunity to snap some photos and also lock our personalised padlock there. Should you visit, see if you can spot our #babysumokids love lock there :)

First to hang our love lock on the structure ;)

*This is a sponsored post.


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