Friday, August 29, 2008

Your 2008 One-Stop Mooncake Review [LINK]

Get your favourites mooncakes.
Get an in-depth review and links of mooncakes from various places here.

CUISINE & WINE ASIA

From among the list, I have personally bought, tried and reviewed the mooncakes from 2 places:
Goodwood Park Hotel
LINK, LINK Part II

Sze Chuan Court @ Fairmount Singapore & swissôtel THE STAMFORD
LINK

Thursday, August 28, 2008

KS20 Lost & Found!

Losing my LG KS20 & an Act of Kindness

Today was really an uneventful day. It was raining heavy and I was again having half the mind to stay in, but that never happened. So I got myself ready for work today. I plugged in to my iPod and with my umbrella in one hand, I left home for the train station. Along the way, I took my LG KS20 out to check if I have for messages. I then later slipped it back into my spacious front pocket. I am someone who never likes the rain, especially when they get my socks and pants wet. Today, I was practically swimming in my shoes; my shoes were completely flooded. My jeans were wet throughly from the torrent rain. It was really not unusual for the rain to get so heavy and flooding the pavement; the rain water were even bursting out from the gutters like geysers. I was almost about to turn and return home for a change. I could not imagine enduring a whole day in wet jeans and socks, especially when my office is like winter everyday. When I reached out to feel my wet jeans, I realise that the familiar bulge in my pocket wasn't there. My phone is gone! I checked every pockets and even my bag, but my KS20 could not be found. I have always been a very careful person and detested carelessness. I would also never place my things in other places than the usual. There was also no way I could have been pickpocketed. So where can my phone be!? I then retraced my steps and scanned the flooded ground for my phone with it striking mobile strap. I had half the mind that it would have been picked up and pocketed, especially when I was among the morning crowd waiting for their buses. I retraced my steps back to home. I felt really helpless without my phone. I was glad to meet a kind man who lent me his phone to call my number. My line was ringing, suggesting that my phone was not turned off yet; there was still a slim chance that it was not picked up yet. I then made another call to my wife and have her help me to continue calling my number. I reached home, changed out my wet clothes drenched in sweat and rain, slipped into my slippers and got out to trace my steps again. From my place to the train station is about 5 minutes of walk. Still no luck. I was feeling really down losing my adored KS20 phone and the important personal data in them.

When I got home, I received a call. It was my wife. She told me that a man has picked up my phone, and he will wait for me or my wife to pick it up from him anytime. He even left his mobile number, which I immediately called. This kind man, Mr. Goh, stays near my place. He had picked it up on his way home from work. We then arranged to meet up at his place in 5 minutes. I gave a huge sigh of relief and took off to meet Mr. Goh. When I offered him a reward, he turned me down and told me to be more careful the next time round. I was thanking him endlessly for his act of kindness. I thought I was really lucky to have met him. Most importantly, my phone was having 0% battery life then. Should my cell went dead at that time, I would never be able to see my KS20 anymore.

After such an ordeal, it is definitely a relief to have recovered my mobile phone in one piece (less a few slight dents ). Most importantly, having met Mr. Goh, a gentleman. His act of kindess touched my heart and I am regaining faith in this society, especially when I have lost much faith in this society, since I have heard too many people losing their mobiles and never found.

Thank you Mr. Goh!
May the bodhisattvas bless you with good health!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

REVOLTECH: OCTOBER 2008 (Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann & Ricky)

REVOLTECH No.062
Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann
"天元突破グレンラガン" (Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
OCTOBER 2008
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天元突破グレンラガン" (Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann) is a futuristic sci-fi adventure animation by GAINAX. This Revoltech No.062 Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann is the 3rd variation of that character but the 5th figure to be released from the Tegen Toppa Gurren Lagann animation series. The other figures are: (1) REVOLTECH No.058 GURREN LAGANN FULL DRILLIZED, (2) REVOLTECH No. 050 GURREN LAGANN, (3) REVOLTECH No.052 LAZENGANN, (4) REVOLTECH No.060 Enki. This variation is probably the last variation fo Gurren Lagaan in its powered-up mode with green flames, hand drill with drill sparks as well as an open face chest.






REVOLTECH No.063
Ricky
"どこでもいっしょ" (Dokodemo Issho)
OCTOBER 2008

Ricky is the 5th character to be released from the series of "どこでもいっしょ" (Dokodemo Issho). Accessories include wooden spoon, bowl with rice, closed eyes, open eyes, blank eyes and dumb-bells.


Images source: KAIYODO

Ber & Sze Wai's Baby Girl

Congratulations to Bernard and Sze Wai
on the arrival of their baby girl on 21st of August 2008!





Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sze Chuan Court mini-Snowskin Mooncake (featuring Champagne Truffle with Chocolate Ganache)

mini-Snowskin Mooncakes
Sze Chuan Court
Fairmount Singapore & swissôtel THE STAMFORD
'Gourmet Snowskin Mooncakes' is how I will describe these mooncake masterpieces. From the increasingly popular 'Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache' to a much adored 'Rum & Raisins', 'Baileys Chocolate' and the beautiful 'Strawberry and Dark Chocolate'. These assortment of flavours will make this year's 'Mid-Autumn Festival', a perfect one!

GALLERY HERE
A very Oriental design in the form of a cheong-sum.

The circular disc can be removed, revealing a message.

The flipside of the circular disc is a mirror and a stand is included to prop it upright. The butter paper labels the flavour of the mooncake that is below.
2 of each flavours in a box of 8, priced at S$48 per box.

Each snowskin mooncake is printed with a '四川園' (Si Chuan Court), while each flavour is differentiated by its colour and the 'Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle' in a unique leaf shape.

Champagne Truffle & Chocolate Ganache
Champagne chocolate ganache encapsulated in a white chocolate couverture. The truffle is surrounded with white lotus paste in a fragrant yellow standard banana-flavoured snowskin. The brilliant blend of the truffle with the conventional white lotus and snowskin, is indeed a masterpiece of taste.


Strawberry & Dark Chocolate
Thick and sweet strawberry cream encapsulated in a dark chocolate couverture, surrounded in with white lotus paste in a sweet pink snowskin. This beautiful piece combination of colours and flavours is well-worth sought for.


Baileys Chocolate
Baileys Irish Cream with chocolate filles the core of this peach coloured snowskin mooncake.


Rum & Raisin Chocolate Truffle
Truffle of rum and raisins surrounded with white lotus paste in a leaf-shaped white snowskin.


Speaking of Champagne Truffle and Chocolate Ganache Snowskin Mooncakes, one will immediately quote Raffles Hotel, where you can find undoubtedly the best but rather expensive one. Nevertheless, an equally priced version from 'Sze Chuan Court' (四川園) at Fairmount Singapore and swissôtel THE STAMFORD, promises an almost identical taste and matching quality; more value for money with a choice of assorted flavours only at Sze Chuan Court. These Western-inspired snowskin mooncakes from Sze Chuan Court are a different genre from the fruit-based snowskin mooncakes from Goodwood Park such as these Oriental-local-inspired 'Mango with Pomelo and D24 Durian'.
The very minute I sank my teeth into these brilliant creations of snowskin mooncakes, I felt physical closer to the meaning of 'Indulgence'. My beloved wife, Fiona, really enjoyed and appreciated this 'sweet' gift of love. Moreover, the early-bird discount of 20% did made them sweeter!

Photography & Editing by William Tan
©William Tan 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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and get 32" HD Ready LCD TV and Phillips DVD Player FREE!
This promotion is made possible by Courts Singapore and in-conjunction with the celebration of the first Singapore Olympic medal. This great deal lasts for 4 days only!

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Goodwood Park Hotel Mooncakes Part II

Following the earlier post "Goodwood Park Hotel Snowskin Mooncakes" (posted on 15th of August 2008), this post shows the Goodwood Park Hotel trademark 'D24 Durian Paste Snowskin Mooncake' and the brand new flavour 'Mango with Pomelo in Snowskin Mooncake'. The contents are made with 100% real fruit puree and no lotus paste. These are undoubtedly the 'Best Fruit Mooncakes in Singapore'!

Mango with Pomelo in Snowskin Mooncake

D24 Durian Paste in Snowskin Mooncake

Friends and family who tried it were full of praises. If you haven't got tried them yet, you better make your way down to Goodwood Park Hotel to grab some!

Photography and Editing by William Tan
©William Tan 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

Tung Lok Snowskin Mooncakes as a gift

Thanks to Bernard and Sze Wai for attending my Wedding Solemnization and in particularly, Bernard for his fine videography work. Bernard has caught many precious moments surrounding us that Fiona and myself had missed while we were so involved in our solemnization process. The angles were fantastic and not to mention the many small details that even our photographers had missed, all in the best quality HD format.
This is our token of appreciation for them: Assorted Snowskin Mooncakes from "同樂" ("Tung Lok").

Snowskin Mooncakes
Tung Lok Restaurants


It isn't the usual fancy metal, wood or cardboard box, but instead came a paper box which covers a specially made styrofoam 'Keep Cool' box. I love the retro Oriental prints.

Flavours include:
'Loveletter' Chocolate Truffle
Chocolate Almond
Green Tea with Pumpkin Seeds
Pandan



Thanks Ber and Sze Wai!
Looking forward to the arrival of your Princess this Thursday!