Shima Restaurant at Goodwood Park

I love going to Goodwood Park Hotel. It exudes a nostalgia of bygone eras and was also one of the hotels I was seriously considering as a venue for my wedding. So it was without hesitation that I accepted the invitation to check out the newly renovated Shima Restaurant. In case this sounds familiar, yes Shima Restaurant has been around since 1980! It is in fact Singapore’s first fine-dining Teppanyaki restaurant.

The restaurant was previously opened by Katsuhiro Watanabe, a former Singapore resident who has since retired and back in Japan. Last year, JR Foods bought over Shima Restaurant, hence the facelift, which now sees Shima Restaurant downsizing from a double storey restaurant to a single storey one. To be frank, I didn’t know about the existence of Shima Restaurant until the invite. Apparently my parents have dined at Shima once more than 10 years ago, and spent a bomb there! Come to think of it, Goodwood Park has TWO Japanese restaurants, the other one being Tatsuya.

Shima Restaurant - 4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriawase $45

4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriawase (Maguro, Tai, Yellowtail and Salmon) $45

We were there to check out the Sukiyaki set, although we did get a chance to sample the sashimi and teppanyaki as well. First up, the sashimi moriawase set, that had all the bloggers oohing and ahhhing at the voluptuous slices of raw fish. You can really taste the freshness in the fish, in addition to the more pronounced and slightly sweeter flavours. Those salmon sashimi slices were hands down, my favourite item of the evening. If only I didn’t have to share this with 2 other bloggers!

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fArt tArtz Cafe at Singapore Expo

You know, 10 years ago, when there weren’t that many exciting distractions in Singapore as there are now, I used to visit the Expo once in a while just for the fun of it. For the most part, it would be a vast empty space just to roam around. There was just the 1 Coffee Bean outlet there, and I used to wonder how great it would be if some other cafes would sprout there.To me, the potential was OBVIOUS!

Ah well, fast forward 10 years and my wish has been granted in the form of Fart Tartz Cafe, located right opposite the Coffee Bean on the 2nd floor of the Max Atria building that is next to Hall 1 and Hall 2.

Fart Tartz Cafe - Oreo Nutella Mud Tart $5.50 & Lychee Martini Tiramisu $6 (3)

This is a cutesy cafe specializing in no bake tarts and cakes served in jars. Even their savouries such as salads and pastas are bottled rather than plated! It sure makes for great photos on Instagram. If you’re wondering about the weird name, well if you pronounce it in Cantonese, it means prosperity. There’s no doubt it is a name you will not forget easily.

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Listening To My Body–Top 5 tips to improve the health

I have been under the weather lately, not just a couple of days, but a longer period than that. It’s times like these when the body issues distress calls in the form of flu, cold, headaches, body aches, that jolts me into questioning whether I have been paying attention to my body and how I have been treating it.

I am not an advocate for taking medicine. I have not taken any antibiotics in years. If I have a cold or a flu, I usually tell the doctor I want no medicine as such medicines only suppress the symptoms but do not cure the illness. I particularly detest the painkiller ads on TV, where you see the guy suffering from back pain and taking a painkiller, only to be encouraged to go back to his back breaking work. That’s equivalent to giving some throat lozenges to a smoker with smoker’s cough, to mask the itch, so that the smoker can continue smoking. This is so morally wrong.

The point is, everyone has to listen to their own bodies, and find time to make things right, rather than to take quick fix solutions. Question yourselves, are you working too hard, too long, not exercising enough, always feeling stressed?

Here are my top 5 tips to give the body a break, listen to it for once and regain your health and vitality.

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Meditation / Enjoy a calm and peaceful surrounding

We live very stressful lives in Singapore, often having to meet tight deadline after deadline. This is not something that you should accept as the norm.  People often forget this when they seek out the highest paying jobs, which often comes with greater stress. Know that this takes a toll on health and has an actual impact to your pocket when the medical bills start racking up. My advise to mitigate this stress, is to take some time out to enjoy some peace and solitude. Meditate if you can. Even going for spas or chilling out at a cafe need not be considered just mere luxury, but actually beneficial to health. But if money is an issue, at least find a quiet park or take a stroll around some reservoir. Even de-cluttering your room and decorating it with some calming furniture helps.

peaceful-sunset-wallpaper

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Singtel Easy Mobile Plan – Win a 2 year plan worth $1,560!

Have you checked out the new Singtel Easy Mobile plan already? If you didn’t already know about it, you can read all about it here. I know, it all sounds a little strange at the beginning. After having lived with fixed plans for so many years, why would anyone feel the need to tweak their plans? What on earth is Tweaking anyway?

But here’s the beauty, you DON’T have to tweak the plans if you don’t want. But you HAVE the flexibility in built into the plan, such that should the need arise one day, you can!

And that’s what happened to me last month! I usually need very little call time and I spend most of my phone time whatsapping, instagramming or surfing the internet. But last month, my phone at home decided to go nuts! Instead of having to rush out to get a new home phone, I simply tweaked my plan to give me more call time. Easy peasy.

Now to get you started, how about a chance to win a 2-year Singtel Easy Mobile L plan worth $65 x 24 = $1,560??????? Simply visit this link here by 30 September 2014 and submit your ideas on how to make life easier!

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Mavis’s Kitchen [Australia–Tweed Valley]

For those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you might have realised that I was away in Australia on a whirlwind trip over the weekend. Yes, 2 days in the Tweed Valley, south of Gold Coast! And what a jammed packed eventful weekend it was. Can’t wait to tell you more about the entire trip, but first, a quick post on Mavis’s Kitchen, a fantastic restaurant that prides itself on using locally sourced produce, and organic where possible.

In fact, that’s one thing I noticed about being in the Tweed Valley, people place great  importance on sustainability and environmentalism, and what better way than via the food that is consumed.

Mavis's Kitchen

Scroll down to check out more photos of the food as well as the lovely gardens that the restaurant is situated in.

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