Joe Labero–A night of Magic at Raffles Hotel

This year, I have been trying to make it a point to actively check out new experiences instead of settling for the usual cafe hopping thing every weekend. So when PR Communications contacted me to check out Joe Labero’s magic show, I keenly accepted. I still remember the awesome time I had a gazillion years ago when my aunt and uncle brought me as a kid to watch David Copperfield in Singapore. I was amazed with the reality defying tricks!

Of course, watching a magic show as an adult would be quite different, and I was keen to see how Joe Labero would perhaps stun me like vegetable (oops…). Besides, the show would be held at the Jubilee Hall, and I was quite keen to reminisce the last time I stepped in there, which was in secondary school for my school play!

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9Goubuli at Marina Bay Sands

You may have read in the Straits Times of the recent opening of the famed Goubuli Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands. Story has it that the owner named Gou (aka Dog) made such great meat buns that he had so many customers he had no time to entertain anyone, hence the name Gou Bu Li (aka Dog doesn’t bother about you 狗不理包子). When I heard about the buns, I though nah, not another casual gimmicky eatery again.

Surprisingly, the restaurant is far from casual or gimmicky when you step in. The restaurant may not be that big, but a warm ambience greets you, complete with wooden motif wood panelling, oriental furniture and marble-top tables. Aside from the buns / baozi, and Hong Kong dim sum (to cater to those who are not too familiar with Tianjin cuisine, the menu boasts a wide array of dishes that you would not find in a casual eatery.

Braised Fresh Abalone in Oyster Sauce-tile

Photo Credit : 9Goubuli

Think Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, claypot braised lamb, eight treasures steamed chicken, braised fresh abalone in oyster sauce, and the like. Argh I wish I could have eaten more at the media tasting but I am limited by my human sized stomach capacity!

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Paddy Hills

Paddy Hills is one of those cafes which serves full-fledged meals, as opposed to just pastries and coffee. With so many cafes in Singapore, more than 200 (?), gone are the days where a simple eggs benedict or an all day breakfast fry up will suffice. To have staying power in this fickle cafe scene, the focus is very much back on the quality and repertoire of the menu. Have your food Instagram friendly, but let that not be the only factor. Certainly for me at least, I would not have made the journey across from the Eastern end of Singapore to the West, if not for the promise of a unique experience. Food focussed Cafes, that’s what we need more of now, and that’s where you can bring your parents without them asking you “so where’s the food”?

Paddy Hills Lunch Menu

I must say Paddy Hills boasts a very interesting menu. There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try, although being an egg fan, I did wish that they could have included their sous vide egg into more of the dishes. I’m not one for mixing sweets with savoury though. I did so very much want to try the Orange Ricotta Pillows, but what’s a coconut ice cream doing in the midst of it?

Paddy Hills - The Maze $22 (3)

The Maze $22 – Creamy mash, lamb meatballs, cauliflower fritters, polenta chips, crumbled manchego & sous vide egg.

I ordered this, mainly because of the creamy mash, cauliflower fritters and sous vide egg. And they were so good and filling enough that I didn’t even touch a single lamb meatball! The creamy mash retained bits of textural chunks and had truffle oil or essence infused into it. The cauliflower fritters were delightfully crunchy and sweet. And the sous vide egg….wonderfully tender, almost like eating clouds. If you’re wondering, 5 lamb meatballs are currently sitting in my freezer, waiting for the day when I will thaw them out. 2 meatballs were consumed by my mother and the Partner that day. Not bad, for the price of 1 brunch I get two meals out of it!

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airweave Futon–An unparalleled sleep experience!

*Media Invite*

airweave, the top-selling premium bedding topper from Japan, is best known for its range of innovative mattress toppers and pillows. This year, airweave also introduces the new airweave futon, especially designed to be laid directly on tatami straw mats or on the floor.

Although airweave futons can be placed directly on tatami straw mats or on the floor, it produces the same unique high-resilience weight dispersing core material as airweave’s toppers. The latest airweave futons are 6.5cm thick and even firmer than the standard airweave toppers. Creating the feeling that users are "sleeping on air", the airweave futons employ the latest technology and materials in the industry, weaving together resin fibres for an innovative design that’s 90% air. The highly resilient three-dimensional resin fibres also allow users to roll over with ease, maintaining deeper slumber. The technology also provides superior breathability and excellent dispersion of moisture to keep users cool and comfortable in Singapore’s tropical climate.

Paula Creamer and CEO and President of airweave, Mr. Motokuni Takaoka

Paula Creamer and CEO and President of airweave, Mr. Motokuni Takaoka sitting on the airweave futon. Hmmm, I wonder if I should get this futon and lay it straight on my parquet floor, instead of buying a bed for my spare room? This might just save me from having to pay for a bed frame!

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Coffee Nowhere Singapore

Chanced upon Coffee Nowhere a couple of months back when I was in the vicinity. I wasn’t familiar with the West Coast area so I was really glad to be able to find a welcoming looking cafe in the somewhat sleepy mall that is West Coast Plaza. My colleague and I couldn’t stay too long as we had to rush back to the office, but we did have time to try their pasta and a flat white.

Fast forward to last month and our fates met again when I received an invitation from Coffee Nowhere to check out their extensive menu as well as brew bar. Btw, in case you were wondering why on earth the cafe is named a seemingly inauspicious Coffee No Where, the name is actually Coffee Now Here, paying significance to owner Welson Ang’s coffee journey from no where, to a full fledged business headquartered in Malaysia. They have expanded into Singapore (3 outlets at last count) and are looking to expand into the region as well.

Coffee Now Here outlet

Coffee Nowhere is a pretty spacious cafe, with seating on the ground level as well as a little corridor area at a mezzanine level for those who wish to have some privacy while catching up with their work. That’s very generous of Coffee Nowhere, when most cafes would prefer if you didn’t linger too long taking up precious seats.

Coffee Nowhere Food Montage

Food here comprises of numerous family and kid favourites such as pizzas, pastas and baked-rice, jazzed up with crowd favourite ingredients such as chilli crab, gooey cheese, and even a pizza with lychee in it!

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