Saturday, August 17, 2019

Let's Go Cook Singapore

Hi lovelies,

We attended a cooking session recently at Let's Go Cook Singapore (a division under award-winning Let's Go Tour Singapore

My sister and I have been interested in learning how to prepare local dishes and we are glad to have located this company as they taught us how to prepare local dishes with simple steps yet not compromising in taste.

The place is spacious and clean and there is good amount of working space for movement.

Let's Go Cook Singapore prepared everything for us, from ingredients, apron, chef cap, to cleaning and washing at the end of the lesson so that we could focus on learning how to cook the dishes and appreciate our cooking at the end of the lesson. They offered comprehensive and thoughtful services! 

Our instructor was Michelle Alexandria Tan.

The first dish we learnt was a dessert called Kueh Dadar.

For the fillings, it was prepared with 50g of palm sugar, 4 tablespoons of water, 1 pandan leaf, 150g grated coconut.

For the crepe, it was prepared with 80g of plain flour, 1 teaspoon cornflour, 100ml coconut cream, 1 egg (beaten), 1 pinch of salt, 150ml of pandan extract (pandan leaves blended with water and sieved) and stir till a smooth batter is achieved.

After the crepe is done, put some fillings on the crepe, roll and tuck in the edges and it's done! This dessert was easy to prepare and the taste was sweet and delicious!

Next dish we learnt was Chicken Rendang with Nasi Biru.

This dish was prepared with 800g of chicken, 5 tablespoons of cooking oil, 1 cinnamon stick, 5 cloves, 4 star anise, 1 stalk lemongrass (white part only), 200ml coconut milk, 200ml water, 6 kaffir lime leaves, 4 tablespoons toasted grated coconut, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons salt.

For the spice paste, we had to dice 10 shallots, 35g blue ginger, 30g old ginger, 6g yellow ginger, 1 stalk lemongrass (white part only), 6 cloves garlic, 5 candlenuts, 10 dried chilies (soaked in hot water until soft). We had to blend the ingredients till smooth paste and stir-fry it till aromatic. 

For Nasi Biru, it was prepared with 40g butterfly blue pea flowers, 400g of rice, 600ml water. 

When the rice is almost done, pour the blue water into the rice, mix well and it is ready to be served with the rendang chicken!

I enjoyed the whole cooking process and Michelle was a patient instructor who is also friendly to assist whenever help is needed. Both dishes were manageable, easy to prepare and tasted fantastic! Will recommend this place for people who are interested to learn how to cook local dishes.

Let's Go Tour Singapore (Head office of Let's Go Cook) 
Block 462 Crawford Lane #01-57 Singapore 190462

Do check them out if this interests you!


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review Cum Giveaway: Loacker Matcha Green Tea

Hi lovelies,

I believe Loacker is a familiar with most Singaporeans and they are known for their light, crispy wafer filled with generous cream fillings and recently, I am excited to share that Loacker launched their new flavour; Matcha Green Tea! 

This new flavour consists of pure, gently grounded matcha from Japan and in each piece, there is up to 74% of matcha cream fillings. Furthermore, Loacker Matcha Green Tea wafer has no added flavourings, colourings, preservatives and hydrogenated fats. This could be a healthier option for people who love some sweet snacks.

My initial thought upon having a piece of this Matcha Green Tea wafer was the combination of sweetness together with the natural Matcha bitterness and fragrance. After a few more pieces, the Matcha taste becomes stronger and the fragrance lingers in my mouth. It is very delicious, addictive and flavourful. I enjoyed every piece of it!

If you are interested in this Loacker Matcha Green Tea wafer, it is available at major supermarkets island wide. 

Loacker Quadratini Matcha Green Tea 220g - $4.95
Loacker Quadratini Matcha Green Tea 110g - $3.20
Loacker Matcha Gren Tea Wafer 37.5g - $1.20 

Giveaway (on my Instagram @SimYvonne):
With every purchase of any 2 Loacker Matcha Green Tea wafers, you can redeem free Loacker snack pack (1 x Blueberry Quadratini & 1 set of Loacker Chocolate Bar – White, Dark & Milk chocolates). Redemption is only valid for first 10 followers using the code – YVONNELoacker at this redemption link:

Get your hands on Loacker Matcha Green Tea and enjoy the snacks!


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sally Hansen Workshop Cum Giveaway!

Dear lovelies,

I am always excited and full of joy whenever I could find time to blog and share beauty related knowledge with all of you! I am also grateful for everyone's continuous support for my humble blog. Love ya all!

A few weeks ago, I received Sally Hansen's invitation for their workshop to learn about how we can better care for our nails. Truthfully speaking, I am one who does not spend time and effort to care about the conditions of my nails, so naturally, I do not have beautifully shaped and polished nails but thanks to this Sally Hansen workshop, I learnt more about their products and the appropriate ways to take care of my nails. =)

The workshop began with the instructor teaching us how to choose suitable nail shape based on our finger shape, length and the size of our nail bed. It is a lot of knowledge to decide the right nail shape, so it is best to consult an expert, a manicurist or google about it in order to pick your perfect nail shape. (*I'm sorry, I'm not an expert to advice.)

Next, it is about the correct ways to file our nails so as to prevent damaging the nails.

 I learnt that we have to hold the nail file firmly and always file the nail in one direction instead of filing up and down in two directions. 

Final result:

We also learnt the right ways to use the brush to pick up the appropriate amount of nail polish.
1) Roll the nail polish bottle between your palms to warm up the nail polish within.
2) Lift up the brush, swirl the brush in the bottle then lift it near to the tip of the bottle and flit the brush left and right to ensure that every bristle is coated with the nail polish before applying to the nail. 

Next, we learnt about the application of nail polish and how to choose the correct shade for your nails.
1) Always start painting from the little finger and other fingers then move to the thumb.
2) Look at your little finger, it you have small nail bed, go for lighter nail polish shade and for bigger nail bed, you can opt for darker nail polish shade.
3) For light nail polish shade, you need 3 coats and for dark nail polish shade, 2 coats will be sufficient.

For people with weaker nails, Sally Hansen is well known for products to take care of your nails and cuticles.

For people who have extreme dry nail and cuticles, I am excited to share about the Sally Hansen's Moisture Rehab (S$19.90).

This is an effective intensive care for severely dry and dehydrated nails and cuticles. It is a lightweight serum that dries clear and leave the nails and cuticles conditioned, hydrated and stronger. Apply to the nails, cuticles and under the nails and massage it gently for the serum to be thoroughly absorbed. 

  The Sally Hansen's Miracle Cure (S$23.50) is also another highly recommended product.

This product has an exclusive micro-mineral formula that fills in cracks to instantly strengthen and reinforce nails and you can get up to 50% stronger nails in 5 days. It prevents the peeling and cracking of nails and it helps to seal the nail plate and bond the layers together.

For nails that grow longer and bend because it's too thin, Sally Hansen's Miracle Nail Thickener (S$23.50) is here to help.

This is an advance thickening treatment targeting soft, thin and ridge nails. It has an exclusive calcium and ceramic gel formula to reinforce and smooth nails. You can expect up to 70% thicker nails in 4 days.

To thoroughly care for our nails, here are the steps just like how we care for the skin on our face.

Sally Hansen had also improved their brush quality such that the brush is now firm enough for easier coating of the nails and it is also easier to draw straight lines to create the nail art effect.  

I hope this post is useful for people looking for effective products to strengthen your nails and learnt about the correct techniques for proper nail polish application. I know there's a lot more knowledge about nails but I hope this post gives some enlightening in a simple way.

Thank you Sally Hansen for having me at your event! ^_^

Lastly, Sally Hansen had also kindly prepared 10 goodie bags for giveaway!  

Giveaway set includes: 
 1 x Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab
2 x Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Colours (random colours)
1 x $5 off voucher

Rules to participate:
1. Like our Instagram @SimYvonne and @SallyHansensg.
2. Like my post on Instagram.
3. Comment on my Instagram post and tag your friends.
4. Multiple entries allowed.
5. Open to my followers residing in Singapore only.
6. Giveaway ends on 6 June 2019.
7. 10 winners will be randomly selected.

Good luck to all participants!


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