Archive for June 1st, 2012

Crystal Jade Dining IN Dim Sum

When it comes to Dim Sum, the Parents have probably tried more places than I have in the last few months. They have been secretly dining out without inviting me, on the pretext that I was too busy with my own programme. What kind of an explanation is that?? My programme is always flexible when free food is involved. Yeah they knew they were on shaky ground, so a reservation was quickly made at their latest discovery, aka Crystal Jade Dining IN at Vivocity.

I was initially surprised that they would suggest Crystal Jade. Although I had a good dim sum meal at one of the casual Crystal Jade restaurants several years ago, I just didn’t associate Crystal Jade (a really affordable restaurant) with good dim sum. I forget that Crystal Jade has so many outlets ranging from cheap to premium. Crystal Jade Dining IN is of course one of their premium restaurants.

I love this Vivocity outlet. Not only do you get a view of Sentosa, the natural light coming in makes for great food photography! The staff are really attentive and will not hesitate to fill up your cup with tea the instance it is empty. We were sitting at the lower tier, nearest the glass walls, and because of the tiered seating, we didn’t realise that the restaurant was totally full during lunch, it was that cosy.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Chinese Tea (2)

Believe we ordered Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) tea, The tea is a little light because I was too hasty in pouring it out.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Dim Sum Dishes (2)

I haven’t caught on to the Tapas fad, but small bites in the form of Dim Sum is okay for me. I wonder why.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Pumpkin soup with Seafood $12 Pumpkin soup with Seafood $12

I thought my parents were joking when they said they were going to order pumpkin soup. I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin, and much less pumpkin soup, which I expected to be a thick puree of pumpkin. Thankfully, it wasn’t and it was a really good recommendation too. There wasn’t a strong pumpkin taste actually. It lent itself in the colour of the soup, the smooth/slightly thick texture and sweet flavour. I loved the diced vegetables and seafood in the soup. I like my soups to have something to bite into, and not just be pure liquid.

Crystal Jade Dining IN - Char Siew Bao aka Steamed B.B.Q Pork with Honey Bun $4.20 Char Siew Bao aka Steamed B.B.Q Pork with Honey Bun $4.20

I found this to be delicious at first bite, with the sweetness of the BBQ pork being just right. The pork was also firm and I did not detect fatty bits, which to me is a sign of a cheap quality bun. Towards the end, I did feel like there was a sort of off flavour in the pork, which made me wonder if the pork was not fresh.

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Harry Potter Exhibition at MBS ArtScience Museum

Harry Potter The Exhibition - Undesirable No 1I was so so lucky to be able to get a private tour (as a VIM : Very Important Muggle) of the Harry Potter Exhibition held at Marina Bay Sands ArtScience Museum today, before the exhibition opens proper on 2 June 2012. It was just magical. Anyone who’d consider themself a fan of Harry Potter ought to take a look at the exhibition. It’s surreal!

Before the tour, we had a quick Question and Answer session with the creator of the Harry Potter Exhibition Mr Eddie Newquist,ArtScience Museum Executive Director Mr Nick Dixon and GEORGE AND FRED WEASLEY!!!! They look so different all grown up and in different hairdos! And actually, they don’t look as similar to each other as when in the movie!

Harry Potter The Exhibition - George and Fred Weasley (James and Oliver Phelps) with me!

So tall! Don’t you think that one of them looks like a younger version of George Clooney? I have no idea who is George and who is Fred (James and Oliver Phelps)

So what is the Harry Potter Exhibition all about? If you are a true blue Harry Potter fan, you would undoubtedly want to experience what life was like on the sets. Basically the exhibition will showcase the grand collection of items in wonderfully detailed settings inspired by the Harry Potter film sets. You will be able see props and costumes from all the Harry Potter films, including Harry’s iconic wand and eyeglasses, Professor Snape’s original costume, the Golden SnItch and the Gryffndor school uniforms. Other key items featured include Sybill Trelawney’s crystal ball and exotic wardrobe; costumes and props from Professors Lupin, Lockhart and Umbridge.: items from the Yule Ball including costumes from Harry, Ron, Hermione and Professor Dumbledore, and life-size creatures including centaurs, a caged dragon, Buckbeak the Hippogriff, and a giant Acromantula. You will even get a chance to try out the Sorting Hat! For the record, I was sorted into Griffindor!

Unfortunately, no photos are allowed in the Harry Potter : The Exhibition. If you take pictures and they stupefy you, don’t say I didn’t warn huh…

Official Photos of Harry Potter : The Exhibition Singapore

The following are some official photos provided by © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Photos are however allowed in the Gift Shop.

s_Hagrids  hut

Hagrid’s Hut. Yes you can walk right into it and have a seat on Hagrid’s chair. I did. In fact, there is a sign to say “Please Sit”. Obey it.

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