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Battle of 20 Singapore’s Hawker Dishes – Which is Healthier?

Singapore Hawker Food

We pit 20 hawker favourites with similar taste profiles together, to see who comes up tops as the healthier choice. Will duck rice beat out chicken rice? And should you go for black fried carrot cake or char kway teow? I got the help of Clement Gan, nutritionist at nutrition consultancy Eat Right, to help me play judge.

Here is the battle of 20 Singapore’s hawker food. Which is healthier?

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Osaka Food Guide – 23 Restaurants & Cafes You Have to Visit

Osaka Food Guide

Osaka is affectionately known as the “Kitchen of Japan”, and with this title, it only means that every meal at the Japanese city will be a good meal. There are no lack of options when dining at Osaka – from street snacks to fast meals at local eateries to a gastronomical display of kappo – and it is impossible to run out of ideas on what to eat because whether you are craving for an okonomiyaki or you need a bowl of piping hot ramen on a cold winter night, Osaka will feed you well.

Prior to our trip, we heard so much about how no one comes back from Osaka skinny, and while that thought did sound a little threatening, we knew we were going to love it. And indeed, we did! Friends and locals shared their favourites and go-to places with us, and we have compiled this Osaka food guide for your easy reference so that you will never have a bad meal at Osaka.

Cafes, local eateries, ramen parlours, sushi bars, exquisite dining in aristocratic ryoteis… you name it, Osaka has it. Enjoy feasting your way through the Kitchen of Japan!

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Orange Clove Makes You The Hero for Your Corporate Events and Parties

Captain 500 truck

From cocktail reception to Christmas parties, seminar luncheons, weddings and birthday celebrations, buffets and sit down dinners for your corporate events, there are many gatherings every year and what better way to unite people than to feed them well?

However, it can be a challenge trying to put everything together; those who have had to bear the responsibilities of organising an event would know the pain. And the biggest and most common problem is to find the one caterer that is reputable, reliable and has options to satisfy all palates.

Orange Clove Dinner

Options are aplenty, and there are many players in the market. Orange Clove Catering (orangeclove.com.sg) is always a top-of-mind name, and having sampled their culinary skills lately, we are even more convinced that they are the ones to turn to when you need a caterer – whatever the occasion may be, they will offer the most ideal solutions and have you earn the title of a heroic host.

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9 Things You Can Do for Free in Singapore

Singapore Flyer

Whenever I meet people and tell them I used to write the food pages for a magazine, they assume that I’m a fervent foodie who spends every Friday evening at a hip new diner and every Saturday afternoon having brunch and coffee at a just-opened cafe. The truth is, I’m as boring as they come. Also, I am as cheap as they come. I don’t believe in spending money when I want to hang out outside, so here, I’m going to tell you about 9 things you can do for free in Singapore.

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Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro Has a New Lobster Roll on The Menu

Quayside Fish Bar Lobster Roll

With daily fresh imports of wild-caught seafood and fish from different parts of the world, Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is our go-to place for seafood and late night nibbles. The restaurant has recently introduced Lobster Roll (S$49) on the menu. Its rendition comes with a whole live Boston lobster (600g of meat) in a buttered roll, homemade chili and kaffir lime aioli, and super addictive truffle shoestring fries.

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro takes its seafood seriously, and boy are we glad that there is a new option when we are craving for lobster rolls in Singapore. From what we’ve heard, they are currently working on other variations like Seafood Roll and Shrimp Roll; we definitely hope to try them soon!

Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro
31 Ocean Way #01-11
Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 6268 8633
Tue: 9am – 12 midnight
Wed & Thu: 12pm – 12 midnight
Fri: 12pm – 1am
Sat: 9am – 1am
Sun: 9am – 12 midnight
Nearest Station: Harbourfront

K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet – One of the Most Affordable Korean BBQ Buffets at S$14.90

K Cook Korean BBQ

K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet has just opened at Orchard Central for a few months, but it has already earned the loyalty of many customers for a simple reason. It is one of the most affordable Korean BBQ buffet restaurants in Singapore. On weekdays, the Korean BBQ buffet is S$14.90++ /pax for lunch, and S$24.90++/pax for dinner.

During dinner, you can find a selection of meats like marinated pork collar, chicken, pork belly, pork collar, marinated beef short rib, beef bulgogi, beef plate eye and marinated beef ribeye, while lunch has considerately lesser beef options. Granted, the quality and variety of meat are not the best, but given the prices, there is really nothing to complain about.

Lunch: S$14.90++ (Mon to Fri), S$24.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).
Dinner: S$24.90++ (Mon to Thu), S$26.90++ (Sat, Sun, Eve of PH, & PH).

K. Cook Korean BBQ Buffet
#07-01, Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Tel: +65 6884 7282
Daily: 11.30am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Somerset

Tips on How to Prepare for SIA Cabin Crew Interview

SIA Cabin Crew Interview

Sarong kebaya, red nails, a neat bun and a mega-watt smile.

As a young girl, I used to aspire to be one of those poised SQ girls clad in the iconic kebaya – to be part of the crew, and to globe-trot for a living. To many around me, it was but a high-class waitressing job; to me, it was an esteemed desire to provide world-class service in Singapore Airlines, and an opportunity to see the world.

When I finally turned nineteen, I mustered all the courage i had, and together with two other girlfriends, we went for the SIA cabin crew interview. So what is it that the interviewers at Singapore Airlines look out for, and what qualities must you possess to be recruited? We were as clueless as you might be now.

Honestly, there is no one manual that will provide model answers and step-by-step guides on how to ace the many rounds of interviews, but there is a certain formula and things to adhere to. Here, I share with you 8 tips on how to prepare for SIA cabin crew interview based on my own experience, alongside stories from many other friends who are part of the prestige cabin crew team.

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Tipping in Singapore: Would Tipping Improve Service Standards?

Tipping in Singapore

When we were in the US, one of the daily happenings that we noticed is the stark difference in service and professionalism displayed by most of the restaurants’ waitstaff as compared to that in Singapore. We can’t help but wonder if the poor service standards in Singapore is due to the lack of a tipping system.

Waiters, by and large, is not a respected profession like doctors and lawyers. In recent years, chefs are starting to get more recognition due to media publicity of celebrity chefs around the globe. Waiters? Not a chance. And the irony is waiters are the frontline staff in the restaurant and they have the ability to make or break your dining experience.

What do you think? Would tipping improve service standards in Singapore? Here, we look into tipping in Singapore, as well as the pros and cons of tipping.

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Singapore Named Lonely Planet’s No 1 Country To Visit in 2015

Singapore Top Travel Spot

Lonely Planet has named Singapore as the No. 1 Country to visit in 2015. In its guide to top 10 countries to visit in 2015 - which includes Namibia, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Ireland, Republic of Congo, Serbia, Philippines, St Lucia and Morocco – Singapore is praised for our multicultural diversity and wide range of new attractions like National Art Gallery and Singapore Sports Hub.

We are thrilled that Singapore is given this worldwide recognition, and we are certainly keeping our fingers crossed that this will give our tourism a boost in 2015!

7 Things We Love About the Buffet at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant

Lime Buffet

Stepping in to PARKROYAL on Pickering is an experience so impeccable, and its grandeur is one-of-a-kind and unrivalled. This eco-friendly hotel – with a total of 15,000m2 of sky gardens, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls – boasts a breathtaking metropolitan architecture that has completely changed the Singapore skyline.

Lime, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, is equally alluring. It is always a pleasant to dine and drink there, and be enraptured by the lush tranquility. The food never disappoints, and we could get used to a glass of its signature Limeade every day.

Lime Dessert Buffet

And what keeps our hearts is the lavish buffet spread that is nothing too exorbitantly-priced nor pretentious. Just good, honest food that fuels the soul.

Here are 7 things that we love about the buffet at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s Lime Restaurant.

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10 Reasons Why We Love Maldives

Maldives Travel Guide

Maldives is our idea of paradise. Taking a holiday at the Maldives is a dream for many, because this place is so extremely picturesque, idyllic and serene. It takes beach holiday to a whole new arena, and the tranquility and luxury is second to none.

Think of waking up in a postcard; that was how we felt every day during our one-week stay. The water is clear and boasts a subtle gradient of blues, the palm trees sway with such grace; even the cocktails stand so effortlessly pretty against the vast Indian Ocean, and the schools of little fishes that hang out around the water villas can keep everyone’s eyes so peeled.

Maldives

“The sunny side of life” is indeed truly Maldivian, but we’d say “eat well, live well and take a holiday to Maldives.” Because you have worked really hard, and because you deserve a break. If you need any more convincing, here are 10 reasons to fall in love with Maldives:

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POSB Everyday Card Gives you 10% Cash Rebate on Weekends in October

POSB Everyday Card

If you are not already a POSB Everyday Card holder, October will make a good reason for you to own one. Weekends in October are made sweeter with 10% cash rebate on dining and online grocery shopping when you charge to your card, and these are savings in the most essential way.

All you have to do is to spend a minimum of S$300 (on Saturdays and Sundays) in October with your POSB Everyday Card.

Lobster

For those of you who are planning celebrations and feasts with your loved ones and friends this month, using your POSB Everyday Card is the best option because you get to enjoy the 10% Cash Rebate. The promotion also applies to online grocery shopping at Cold Storage, Giant, NTUC Fairprice, Sheng Siong, RedMart and GoFresh. So why not just consolidate a list of your daily necessities, order it online and enjoy the 10% Cash Rebate? The amount may be seem small, but you would be surprised by how it is actually a significant amount that could buy you a good meal!

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Tokyo Food Guide – 30 Restaurants & Cafes You Have to Visit

Tokyo Food Guide

Tokyo is every food lover’s paradise. Japanese food in Tokyo is a one-of-a-kind experience and delivered on a completely different level. Once you have had Japanese food in Tokyo, your life will never be the same again. The authenticity is that priceless and memorable.

With 13 three-stars, 59 two-stars, and 208 one-stars restaurant, Tokyo has no lack of Michelin star restaurants. However, Tokyo is more than just fine dining restaurants – from restaurants to cafes, sushi and sashimi eateries, tonkatsu restaurants and ramen parlours, it is really almost impossible to run out of dining ideas nor have a bad meal in the cosmopolitan city.

Here is our guide on where to eat in Tokyo, and we have included 30 of our favourite restaurants, cafes and local eateries that you have to try.

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6 Places in Singapore You Can Escape To

Punngol Waterway

While we’re best known for our rags-to-riches story, from a sleepy fishing village to a cosmopolitan metropolis today, one thing’s for sure: we’ve grown so much, it’s definitely hard to avoid the crowds in Singapore today. Honestly. Just ask any resident here, and they’ll attest to that. So where do you go when you’re looking to escape the city bustle, or are simply seeking pocket-friendly options for a quiet retreat? These places have the answers:

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SPG Triple Crave – Earn Triple Starpoints® on Weekday Dining

SPG Triple Crave

From now till 30 December 2014, SPG Triple Crave will give SPG members the chance to earn triple Starpoints® on food & beverage purchases of US$50 or above when dining at participating restaurants.

There will be over 1,000 participating restaurants and bars from Starwood Hotels & Resorts all over the world. In Singapore, there are 13 participating restaurants and bars from The Westin Singapore, W Singapore and The St. Regis Singapore, including Cook & Brew, SKIRT, Yan Ting, and our favourite buffet restaurant Seasonal Tastes where SPG members get 25% off.

Cook & Brew westin Singapore

With your triple Starpoints®, you can use it to redeem free night stays at your favourite Starwood properties, convert it to miles, redeem for air tickets, bid on unique experiences at SPG moments… There is no lack of options to reward yourself, and you truly deserve the treats.

And if you are not an SPG member yet, hesitate no more and register at SPG Triple Crave. The membership is free and it opens your world to infinite possibilities with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide!

This post is brought to you by SPG.

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