Dec 28, 2021

Pineapple Tarts Singapore

We all had such enjoyable Christmas gathering, didn't we? The precious Christmas weekend has passed and we're about to welcome the year 2022 in less than a week. Needless to say, hearing Chinese New Year songs and seeing Chinese New Year decorations are pretty much expected as you enter a shopping mall or supermarket in this season.

Indeed, in a month's time, we'll be having our long-awaited reunion dinner with our loved ones. Let's pray that we can continue to tide through this meaningful festive season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with the newly reported Omicron variant.

That aside, what is a celebratory Chinese New Year without mouth-watering Chinese New Year delicacies? It puts a smile on my face whenever I get to indulge in festive snacking during house visits.

How about trying out some 100% homemade and handmade pineapple tarts from Pineapple Tarts Singapore this Chinese New Year? Besides pineapple tarts, Pineapple Tarts Singapore also offers some of our favorite Chinese New Year goodies, such as prawn rolls and crab sticks.

Here are some of their irresistible pastries, try not to drool as you scroll.

1. Melt In Your Mouth - Pineapple Tarts 黃梨塔 (20 Pieces) ($22.90)

Buttery goodness that melts in your mouth, every munch is truly savory.

2. Cheezylicious - Cheese Pineapple Tarts 起司黃梨塔 ($27.90)

If pineapple tarts are too mainstream for you, consider upping your game with their Cheese Pineapple Tarts.

3. Crispy Sia - Hae Bee Hiam Prawn Roll 炸蝦卷 ($15.90)

4. Auspishewous - Premium Cashew Nut Cookies 腰果餅乾 ($23.90)

5. Sian Dan Xie - Salted Egg Crab Sticks 鹹蛋酥炸蟹柳 ($16.90)

6. Bian Di Huang Jin - Salted Egg Fish Skin 鹹蛋炸魚皮 ($17.90)

7. Rolling In The Deep - Traditional Love Letter ($15.90)

8. Dragon King - Dragon Breath Sugee Cookies 龍鬚餅 ($15.90)

It reminds me of the Danish cookies, smooth texture with slightly lighter flavor, suitable for those with less sugary palate.

Ready to host an unforgettable Chinese New Year gathering?
Order from Pineapple Tarts Singapore today and receive free delivery for orders above $100.

That's not all, Pineapple Tarts Singapore also offers value bundles where you can mix and match some of your favorite delicacies at a discounted price!

22 New Industrial Road
#03-15 Primax
Singapore 536208
Tel: (65) 8127 0477 (WhatsApp only)

Opening hours:
10:00am - 7:00pm (Daily)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Dec 23, 2021

Rocky Master @ White Sands

Ever since I moved to Pasir Ris, White Sands has become my most frequented shopping mall. I knew there's a cafe located right at the entrance but just didn't pay much attention to it or even think about patronizing it despite noticing it so many times. You literally just have to turn right after doing your SafeEntry check-in entering the mall.

I guess if we're visually exposed to an object repeatedly over time, its presence can be nullified by our perception.

I've taken a few days of annual leave this Christmas season, not having much planned, Joanne and I finally visited Rocky Master for brunch.

Iced Toffeenut Latté ($7.00) | Iced Café Latté ($6.60)

Croissant With Eggs & Smoked Salmon ($12.80)

Prawn Aglio Olio ($13.80)

I thought there was only one prawn, turned out the other two were hiding beneath the pasta.

Rocky Master @ White Sands
1 Pasir Ris Central St 3
#01-39 White Sands
Singapore 518457
(65) 6970 0739

Opening hours:
8:00am - 10:00pm (Daily)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Dec 12, 2021

Flavours by Saute @ Funan

Joanne and I visited the National Gallery Singapore on a Sunday afternoon. Exhausted after a few hours of walking/standing, we scrolled our phones for nearby Burpple deals, and discovered Flavours by Saute at Funan.

We only realized it's a vegetarian restaurant after physically arriving there. We totally couldn't tell that without looking at its logo with the Chinese phrase 尋味·素特. Truly, a carnivore like me only steps into a vegetarian restaurant with a Burpple deal, and as a meat lover, I struggled to decide what to order.

Here are some snippets of their full menu.

Image courtesy of Saute

Truggle Aglio Olio @ $18.90

Cream Mushroom Pizza @ $18.90

If you're a mushroom lover and wouldn't mind spending on overpriced vegetarian food, you have a place here.

107 North Bridge Rd
#B1-30 Funan
Singapore 179105
Tel: (65) 9830 8582

Opening hours:
11:00am - 9:30pm (Daily)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Dec 11, 2021

Orchard Hotel Singapore

Amidst the pandemic, ending a year without a vacation still kinda leaves a void. This season, Joanne and I booked a one-night staycation at Orchard Hotel Singapore, again, in conjunction with Joanne's MOE special staycation promotion. We also added the High Tea Set for Two to our booking at $40 (which I don't recommend). In total we paid $226.59 for a one night stay with the high tea set.

We entered Orchard Hotel Singapore via Claymore Connect in the morning (although the check-in time was 2pm). The lobby wasn't crowded, thankfully, as we arrived earlier hoping for an early check-in, in which the staff eventually could get us a room without a bathtub (smaller toilet but larger room) available for early check-in. We gladly accepted that offer.

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Dec 10, 2021

Menbaka Fire Ramen @ Cineleisure Orchard

Flying to Japan may well be just a wishful thought during this endless pandemic, but fret not, Japan has flown to us - all the way from Kyoto, the notorious めん馬鹿 Menbaka Fire Ramen has opened its first international outlet at Cineleisure Orchard.

Doesn't the name sound familiar, like a swear word in Japanese. That's right, baka (馬鹿) means 'idiot', and menbaka (めん馬鹿) literally means 'crazy about noodles'. The craziness is none other than its signature performance of pouring burning hot roasted green onion oil over the ramen bowls, producing pillars of flame right in front of the diners' eyes.

Image courtesy of Menbaka Fire Ramen

With the Burpple deal, we ordered the Double Dragon Fire Set at only $19.90, which includes:
  • 226 Years Shoyu Recipe Fire Ramen (×1)
  • Shiitake Mushroom Fire Ramen (×1)
  • Hard Boil Egg (×2)
  • Ocha (×2)

The Performance

In the restaurant, you'll constantly be notified (when the Japanese traditional shamisen music is being played) when diners are ready to watch the performance at the counter seat, almost everyone will turn around and witness the performance you've probably never seen elsewhere, followed by a round of applause at the end of it.

It's our turn and the waiter would ask for our phone where they would place onto a stick hung at an overhead cabinet for video recording. We're not allowed to take photos/videos with our phones/cameras for safety reasons. The waiters gave us an apron each and showed us a set of instructions on a piece of laminated A4 paper:
  1. Don't touch your ramen bowl. Please wait for a little bit.
  2. Don't leave your seat.
  3. Don't run away. Because your seat will be oily then.
  4. Don't scream. Don't make a fuss.
  5. Don't take of your apron until you finish eating.


No joke, I think I moved back a little due to the immense heat. In fact, while other diners were watching the performance at the counter seat, we already could feel the heat from where we're seated.

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Dec 6, 2021

LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar @ Shaw Centre

To get to LINO Pizza & Pasta Bar, you first need to know that Shaw House and Shaw Centre are two different buildings although they are neighbors, the bar is located at Shaw Centre.

We're there for a simple dinner, celebrating Laura's belated birthday. Their Spaghetti Aglio-Olio is the bomb.


Mixed Meat Pizza ($24)

Meat ragu, bacon, salami, nduja, tomato passata, fior di latte

Mentaiko Chitarra ($17.50)

With soft boiled egg, cream, plum and seaweed

Spaghetti Aglio-Olio ($19.50)

With prawns, squid, bird’s eye chilli

1 Scotts Rd
#03-23/24 Shaw Centre
Singapore 228208
Tel: (65) 6235 4653

Opening hours:
11.30am - 3:00pm (Daily)
6:00pm - 9.30pm (Sun - Thu)
6:00pm - 10:00pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holiday)

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.