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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Food Review: Supply & Demand @ Orchard Gateway

The opening of Orchard Gateway heralded numerous new stores, and Supply & Demand happened to join in the bandwagon. This Italian restaurant which adopts a classic and retro setting is known for their huge pizzas as well as their truffle fries which has left many in awe. 

#02-13/14, Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road 

Nearest MRT Station:
Somerset MRT Station

What they are famous for:
Truffle fries, pizzas and pastas 

Opening hours:
Daily: 10am - 10pm

Atmosphere: 8/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 6/10

Outdoor seating 
Indoor seating 

Bar Counter
Food Menu

Drinks menu (part of it)

Truffle fries - $15
(Fries tossed with truffle oil with garlic cloves. Comes with 2 side dips)

So much love for this! The fries came in chunky pieces (my favorite) and I loved how the truffle oil was thoroughly infused up to the very last french fry at the bottom. The garlic cove added a sweet garlic scent to the fries, and they went perfectly with the dipping sauces.

La Mattina Dopo / The Morning After (13 inches) - $22
(Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Bacon and Mushroom with a Soft Egg Set in the Center)

One of their signature pizzas! Pizzas at Supply & Demand come in your choice of either 9" or 13", and so we obviously chose the latter as there were more people sharing it. Portion wise, I was rather pleased but taste wise I felt it was rather ordinary. However, the ingredients on each pizza slice were aplenty. Pretty much worth a try!

Carbonara Classico - $17
(Carbonara done the classic way with sauteed crispy bacon, fresh milled pepper, tempered egg yolk, splash of white wine and loads of shaved cheese)

Pastas at Demand &Supply comes in either the main ($17) or tasting position ($13). A word of advice would be to order the main portion as it's more value for money. We made a mistake on our part by ordering the tasting portion and regretted terribly (Pic below).

Another of my favorite out of the lot! We opted for the Classico Carbonara and so it was prepared without cream. Its sauce was concocted with egg yolk and other ingredients which was the actual way of preparing Carbonara. Only good Italian restaurants do that, and I was really impressed by how good it tasted. Unlike other Carbonara pastas I've had, I did not get sick of this and the bacon pieces were aplenty. 

Prawn Aglio Olio - $13

This was the tasting portion which was unbelievably small. I think this was less than half of the main portion? And definitely not worth the money paid. However, the Aglio Olio pasta was done well and the pasta was springly. They used fresh prawns too which was another thumbs up factor. Just don't order the tasting portion please!!! I would rather you pay $4 more for a portion 2x of this.

Service was a little slow that day, but other than that, everything else was fine. I was just a little unhappy with their nonchalant replies when we gave them a feedback about their pastas. 

Definitely one of my favorites! The restaurant was decked with industrial elements and had an open bar concept which I felt was really apt for them. The restaurant was really spacious, and even included an "outdoor" seating so you won't have to worry about space constraints! 

Hope this review was useful!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sponsored Review: Glomax Aesthetics

Hey everyone!

A few weeks back, I was invited to Glomax Aesthetics to try out their facial treatment. Even though they mentioned that it would not be obligatory for me to write a review, I was thinking like why not share this experience with the rest of my readers? And there's a discount treat for you guys too, so do read on till the very end!

Glomax Aesthetics located at Soho 2 at Clark Quay beside Swissotel Merchant Court!

Do exit by Clark Quay MRT station exit B, and when you do, just turn left and you'll spot this place :) 

Here's a before shot of my complextion before the facial treatment! I only had on a wee bit of sunblock that morning.

Sorry ah, but it's gonna be a blogpost full of selfies again and this time, quite a bit of unflattering ones. 
(Don't say I never wong you)

Upon reaching, I was greeted by Sun, one of the staff there and I was presented this slip of paper and a warm glass of tea to indicate my medical history as well as details of my lifestyle. 

I felt this was pretty important so that they'll be able to talior a treatment just to suit your skin. Sun also asked me about the current facial products that I am using to understand more about my facial routine.

Here are some of the other facial treatments that they offer:
Luminous Detox Energie Care Treatment 90mins $168 
- The Women's Weekly Best Pre Party Facial Award 2014

Intensive Acne Medic Treatment 60mins $150  

 - Simply Her Best Anti Acne Facial Award 2014

Ultimate Bright Enlightenment 60mins $250 
- Cosmopolitan Best For Sensitive Skin Treatment Award 2013

Eternal Lifting Treatment 60mins $400 
- The Women's Weekly Best Non-invasive Treatment Award 2013 

I was then given a diagnosis about my skin. I was told that I have really dry skin with an oily combination and so there would be a lot of impurities stuck beneath my skin (which was why my skin had constant outbreaks which led to scarring cos my itchy fingers couldn't stop poking at them :( ) 

She then recommended me the Intensive Acne Medic Treatment so as to remove certain white and blackheads. Sun patiently explained each step clearly to me and also pre-warned me that it might get a little painful for me as my skin is pretty dry, so the extraction process might be a little more tedious for my skin 

The room I was brought into for my facial treatment 

I would say that it was pretty cosy, and there was plenty of bed space for me 

I first started off with a Sonic cleansing process that helped me remove the impurities off my skin before they started on the acne treatment. I was pretty horrified with the amount of dirt on my skin (hahaha but no I didn't take a photo of it cos it was too disgusting) 

And then..... The Acne treatment.

Ok, when Sun told me that it would hurt, I was rather prepared but I didn't expect it to hurt rather badly, and this pretty much sums up how dehydrated my skin was. But the pain was still rather bearable, and my facialist was also really understanding when I told her that it was getting a little uncomfortable and kept pausing the treatment for me. 

Hahaha ok but a point to note is also that my level of pain tolerance is kinda like 3/10.... So I guess that's really subjective? And the difficulty of the extraction process would also depend on your skin type. So I wouldn't generalize and say that it'll hurt the same for everyone. 

Here's an "after" photo of the extraction process. 

(HAHA I know it looks really red and blotchy now but do continue reading!)

An antiseptic treatment was then applied on me to kill off the bacteria on the skin's surface and to sanitize my skin before the next treatment. It was then followed by an IPL treatment  to re-balance the sebum level. The IPL treatment was done by applying a cold gel on my skin and sudden bursts of light were then shot on my face. (My eyes were very well-protected during this process)

I was then given a charcoal mask to reduce the redness swelling from the extraction and for a cooling effect. Another fact I liked about them was that they would explain and give me details about the facial product before applying them on my face.

 (They had to cut holes for me around the eyes and nose cos I am claustrophobic lolol)

The experience lasted around 1.5 hours, and I was also glad that there was no hard-selling or anything after the facial which I felt was rather professional! The team was really friendly which made the experience an enjoyable one as well.

Here's how my face looked like after the treatment! The redness was all gone by then, thanks to the charcoal mask! 

Not red and blotchy anymore right! 
(This was taken under natural sunlight!)


Here's a discount treat for my readers!

Quote "Cassan" when you make an appointment, and you'll get to enjoy a FULL 90 mins Acne Facial Treatment Facial for just $88! (Up to $150) 
Limited for first time customers only, valid for a limited period.

GLOMAX Aesthetics - The Face Artistry

12 Eu Tong Sen Street. 
The Central, Soho 2.
#06-168 Singapore 059819


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am-8pm
 (closed on alternate Mondays)
Sat - Sun: 10am-5pm (closed on alternate Sundays)

Do give them a call to book your appointment now! :)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's okay not to be okay

It's okay not to be okay.

I'm saying this because I've been through what I felt was the darkest period of my life. I'm saying this because I've been there all huddled up in a corner and crying out of no reason, wishing that all the negative feelings would stop eating at me. I've been there when all I felt was helplessness, and praying that all my inner demons would stop coming at me, when all I do is cry myself to sleep.

I've been there, done that and moved on.

So can you. You can walk out of it but it's going to hurt. It's going to hurt like hell but you're going to get through it anyway. There're days when it'll hurt so bad that you're going to wonder when all these would stop. You'll never know when its coming at you because it can just be at that instant, when you're out with your friends, or when you're busy with your chores. You hate being alone because you know that's when it'll all start knocking at your door. You've no choice but to let these negative feelings in because there's no one to stop them for you.

Let them in anyway.

No one has the ability to help you, except yourself. Yes, they might be there, saying comforting words, being there at your worst, but they can't be there forever. Those feelings are just gonna come back away. So let them. Feel everything, cry all you can. Because one day, you're gonna wake up and realize that you've kicked these negativity in the ass and you're now stronger than ever. 

Time is going to heal you, and when it does, you're going to overcome more than what you were once capable of. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Food Review: 7th Cylinder

7th Cylinder is a newly opened cafe that adopts a motorcycled themed concept. This cozy hangout is also famous for their 7 inched macarons as well as their ice-cream sandwiches which left us in awe with its yummy goodness. They serve all-day breakfasts too, so don't hesitate to pop by if you're along Arab Street! 


Nearest MRT Station:
Bugis MRT Station

What they are famous for:
7 inch macarons, ice-cream sandwiches, all day breakfasts

Opening hours:
Mondays: 10am - 9pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 9pm
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30am - 9pm

Atmosphere: 8/10
Price: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10

Lunch specials

Cafe seating

Macarons and Cakes
Drinks menu
Food menu
Raspberry Surprise - $8.90
(Raspberry buttercream with fresh blue berries and American-Blueberry macaron at the center)

We were pleasantly surprised when this arrived on the table (with regards to its presentation) and then, its taste when we tried it. The macaron shell was crispy, though I felt it could have been a little fluffier. Having a tiny macaron in the center was an interesting concept, and we finished this off within minutes. 

Class 2A Breakfast - $15.90
(Oven-baked Chicken/Pork sausage with crispy Turkey/Pork bacon, creamy mushroom sauce and Scrambled/Sunny Side)

First off, thumbs up to the toasts that were served because we were really impressed by how fluffy and crispy it was! We were totes in love with the creamy mushroom too because it provided a twist to the usual sauteed mushrooms we get on a breakfast platter. The sausage was juicy and flavorful, and the bacon was not too salty. Eggs on the other hand, were pretty ordinary!

Food was served promptly and the service staff was friendly. I had no qualms about the service.

I went on a Monday afternoon and thus, it was pretty quiet and I loved being there. The cafe isn't very spacious, so I would not recommend a large crowd to go. Best for small gatherings or a quiet date night. I really loved the decor and I found it to be a rather interesting concept, to have a motorcycle as well as a vespa parked in the cafe.


Met up my sotongballz for lunch on that faithful day! It was nice to finally see him outside working hours and to continue our cafe hopping tradition after a loooong time. As usual, we were fooling around and getting judged together but I didn't mind cos that's what good friends do together. Huehuehue.

This macaron kinda reminds me of the pearl in an oyster thing. 

Hope this review was useful!