Bejewelled Christmas By The Bay with Street 50 Restaurant & Bar!

This Christmas, indulge in the freshest seafood-studded buffet specialties and festive staples...

This Christmas, indulge in the freshest seafood-studded buffet specialties and festive staples with Street 50 Restaurant & Bar from 24th December to 2nd January 2016! A few weeks back, I was invited to the Bejewelled Christmas By The Bay Christmas dinner held by Bay Hotel's Street 50 Restaurant & Bar. The festive creations of the night were whipped up by Executive Chef Ricky, who also helms the "global flavours with a twist" kitchen with classic French culinary techniques that will leave you sated with his artful masterpieces. 

Street 50 Restaurant & Bar is a flagship restaurant that brings you the best of all-day dining from around the world, offering a diverse range of food from Italy, France, Vietnam, America, etc to local cuisines with a modern flair. The restaurant is also decked out in dark tones and wooden accents, brimming with an unpretentious elegance what would also allow you to dine comfortably with ease. Being very accessible from Harbourfront MRT, it's also a fantastic place to gather for a  festive Christmas celebration with your friends and loved ones! 

Here are some of the dishes which you can find in the Christmas buffet spread!

Soda Gembira - S$6

The Soda Gembira sparkled like a gem that night. This gorgeous drink is infused with rose syrup, evaporated milk, soda and topped off with basil seeds! Nothing screams Christmas as much as this creation does!

 Salmon Carpaccio with Coriander & Pine Nut Vinaigrette

This appetizer was brimming with tangy and refreshing flavours brought by the pine nut vinaigrette and the fresh salmon slices. Given their bite-sized nature, it was really easy to pop them into our mouths and they were extremely addictive! The onion slices added a nice sharp flavour which was also a nice complement to the dish.

Smoked Oyster & Crab Cake

The Smoked Oyster & Crab Cakes were one of our favourite dishes of the night! The crab cake encompassed a generous mash of oysters and crab cake, fried to a golden brown. It is then topped with diced papayas (Surprise, surprise!) for an elevated sweetness, thin strips of spring onion and ginger. 

Black Pepper Alaska Crab Claws with Gingko Nuts

What's having a buffet without seafood?! If you are afraid of tainting your fingers with the delicious black pepper sauce, you will be heartened that the claws are all partially cracked so you will not have to worry about rushing off to the toilets to get your fingers cleaned. But, sometimes, that's the pure joy of eating seafood right? The sauce was thoroughly infused into the crab meat and every bite was full of bursting black pepper flavours - another thumbs up from us! 

Bay Scallop with Warm Tomato Essence 

This dish was served accompanied with sea salt though I would recommend you not to drizzle them over the scallops as they were already salty enough. The fresh scallop slices went really well with the tomato essence, topped with different vegetable and fruit balls! 

.       Seafood Paella 

This dish was incredibly stunning, and my favourite has got to be all the fresh seafood that was piled on top of the paella rice! I wasn't really a fan of the rice as I felt that it was a little too bland for my liking but the textures were alright! 

.       Tandoori Turkey Breast

What's Christmas without some delicious Turkey slices?! The dish comes with two types of sauce - Pineapple Salsa and Cucumber Coriander for you to choose from. Personally, I would prefer the Pineapple Salsa as I would prefer a sauce that boasts a more tangy flavour. But if you're those that prefer something more creamy, than the Cucumber Coriander would be the sauce for you! Other than the fact that the Turkey Breast was a little on the tough side, it was a pretty good dish too! 

epe Suzette with Mandarin Orange

Last but not least - desserts! To round off the dinner with a sweet note, diners can expect to be enchanted by their delectable range of desserts such as the Cranberry Trifle with Tropical Fruits, Ginger Bread Pudding with Spicy Brandy Sauce, Crepe Suzette with Mandarin Orange along with the usual Log Cakes, "stollen" and Pralines! But if you're a fan of crepes, I suggest you go straight for their Crepe Suzette. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. 

Here are the details for the Bejewelled Christmas By The Bay Buffet Dinner:
24th & 31st December: S$68++ per person, S$32++ per child (Child: 6-12 years old)
25th & 26th December, 1st $ 2nd January: S$58++ per person, S$28++ per child (Child: 6-12 years old)

+65 6818 6681

Also, stand a chance to win a GOLDHEART diamond jewellery set worth over S$2000 & enjoy an EXTRA 10% off (on top of the current Credit Card festive promotion) for early bird reservations by 30th November 2015!

Street 50 Restaurant & Bar:
Bay Hotel Singapore
50 Telok Blangah Road
Singapore 098828


This post is written in collaboration with Street 50 Restaurant & Bar

Pacific Plaza's Beauty Trail - Christine Nail Salon, Quintessential, True Yoga

For those who might not be familiar with Pacific Plaza, the shopping mall is strategically situ...

For those who might not be familiar with Pacific Plaza, the shopping mall is strategically situated in the hearts of Orchard Road - one which would be hard to miss with its vintage grandeur. Around a week back, I was privileged to embark on a beauty trail at Pacific Plaza and we definitely pampered ourselves silly with the beauty services and feasted our eyes on some of the gorgeous merchandises that the mall offered. We were brought to 3 of the tenants housed in Pacific Plaza - Christie Nail Salon, Quintessential and True Yoga which I would be elaborating further below!

1st Stop: Christine Nail Salon

Christine Nail Salon offers a cosy environment for those who are looking at getting their nails done in a comfortable and plush setting.

The nail salon offers a wide variety of nail polish options - with close to 200 colours of Angel Pro Gel - the newest generation of nail technology from Korea (which contains NONE of the harming chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene or DBP which causes your nails to turn frail or yellow) to even Chanel Nail Polishes for you to take your pick. For those who love a set of sparkling nails, you'll also be heartened to know that they carry over 300 different colours and glitters of Brite Gel! 

The salon also provides an array of charms and Swarovski crystals for you to choose from! As well as nail art designs by their professionally trained manicurists. 

Other than manicure and pedicure services, Christine Nail Salon also provides their customers with spa services, which use Cuccio Naturale - a luxurious US-based nail, hand and foot care line which is infused with natural botanical and the finest fruit extracts. Simply said, once you step into Christie Nail Salon, you're in for a serious pampering treat! 

Personally, the manicure session at Christine Nail Salon was one of the better ones I've been to. I didn't have any nail designs in mind before the session, so the manicurist went ahead and did whatever she thought was the most suitable for my set of nails. She did, though, test the colours on my nails before she sealed them in so as to make sure that I was okay with them! My set of nails was Christmas-inspired and they were so gorgeous! Check out the snowflakes as well as the Swavoraski crystals! 

A close up of my nails, though they really do not do the glitter and the Swavoraski crystals justice!

Chevron's Christmas inspired nails! Check out the cute snowman!

Christine Nail Salon
Pacific Plaza, #03-16
9 Scotts Road
Singapore 228210
Tel: +65 6733 7265



2nd Stop: Quintessential

Quintessential is a multi-label handbag and jewellery store that has introduced new labels and looks into the market since its inception 12 years ago. Quintessential carries two in-house brands - Stoned by Q (SBQ) and Clutch Me by Q (CMQ). 
Clutch Me by Q (CMQ) features designer-looking, competitively priced bags. The collection features contemporary designs like foldover clutches, envelopes, wristlets and pouches and aims to deliver both form and function in each and every design. Quintessential is not afraid to experiment with ergonomic shapes and off-beat design treatments in their bid to create a signature Clutch Me by Q design DNA. They have also launched their in-house label of hand-beaded envelope clutches and python skin clutches under the label Clutch Me by Q (CMQ) in January 2014. 
The prices of these bags are extremely affordable, with an exquisitely handcrafted clutch costing around $169 which also makes them the perfect choice of gift for your friends and loved ones! Other than quality, Quintessential also prides themselves in creating bags that are fit for any occasion - easily dressed up or down depending on the outfits that you are wearing. Quintessential also caters to those who are into bolder colours and more intricate designs!

Their in-house beaded clutches. snake-skin and python-skin clutches.  

For those who are not into animal skins, Quintessential also offers clutches crafted from natural woven materials, available in a plethora of designs. 

 Snake and Python skin clutches 

 Hand beaded clutches - aren't they beautiful?!

Stoned by Q (SBQ) was soft-launched into the market in November 2013. It is the first in-house jewellery brand created by Quintessential, a home-grown multi-brand handbag and accessories store. The premise of SBQ focuses on affordable luxury - with 90 per cent of the range of necklaces, bangles, cuffs, earrings and rings are priced below S$100 and almost 50% of the collection is priced below $50, making SBQ the ideal choice for oneself and for gifting. The timeless pieces make them extremely versatile and also suitable for any occasions - be it a casual date out, a dinner date or even formal events! 

Prices range from $39 for a bangle; from $49 for earrings; and from $89 and upwards for a necklace.  The main design component of each piece is a natural semi-precious stone/stones or quartz set against 18k gold-plated over brass. The collection features over 700 pieces of earrings, stackable bangles and rings in all your favourite multicoloured semi-precious stones: rose quartz, lemon topaz, citrine, green onyx, moonstone, turquoise, London blue topaz, malachite, black onyx, and more.

 Rings that can be stacked according to your style. These are one of the most popular items from Stoned by Q, and we were told that patrons usually spend quite a bit of time trying to find their perfect fit and style to these rings! 

  Multicoloured semi-precious stone earrings that exude both simplicity and class at the same time. 

Statement Amethyst necklaces for the bolder fashionistas. 

Pacific Plaza, #02-01
9 Scotts Road
Singapore 228210

+65 67384811




3rd Stop: True Yoga 

As many might know, True Group is one of Asia's largest fitness and wellness groups. The True Yoga outlet at Pacific Plaza is Singapore's largest yoga centre that spans a floor area of 13,000 square feet! It boasts 4 Yoga studios and a VIP Black Card Lounge equipped with luxurious massage chairs for members to relax in. 

The True Yoga centre at Pacific Plaza offers over 35 types of Yoga, Hot Yoga, Dance and Pilates classes with over 400 classes a week, taught by Yoga Masters from India. 

Thanks to True Yoga, I had the privilege of experiencing my first ever Pilates lesson. Prior to this, I had no inkling of what Pilates was about, or what was expected of the class. Thankfully, the Pilates instructor was very patient towards his students and kept walking around the class to correct our moves which I felt was really essential for a beginner Pilates learner like myself. Another good thing about him is that he constantly encourages his students to achieve the poses, but is not too pushy as to whether they can actually do it or not - something I was REALLY thankful for too because I wasn't very "cooperative" in a sense thanks to my inflexible limbs. But all in all, I felt that it was a rather interesting experience, and I would definitely try it again if I have the chance to!

The Pilates class I attended that day focused on strengthening the core shoulder muscles and also covered basic Pilates exercises. For a beginner like myself, I felt that the class was still quite manageable and easy to follow, just that my horrible stamina got the better of me. Though the lesson only lasted for an hour, I felt it really did train and tone up my arm muscles!

For the Pilates experts who are reading this, I'm sure that you guys would spot quite a number of errors that I committed. I'm sorry, but I really tried hahaha.

True Yoga
Pacific Plaza, Level 4
9 Scotts Road
Singapore 228210 

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday - 7am to 10pm 
Saturday & Sunday - 8am to 9pm 
Public Holidays - 8am to 8pm

+65 6733 9555




Also, here's a piece of good news for you! 

From now till 25th December 2015, simply spent S$100 to get a 2-hr complimentary parking coupon as well as a chance to participate in the Christmas Lucky Draw - with prizes such as Rendezvous Hotel Singapore staycations, DEAN & DELUCA hampers, Adidas vouchers, hair pampering treats from Koinonia Salon  or even Manicure & Pedicure sessions from Christine Nail Salon!

Also, for the first 1000 shoppers, spend S$200 to receive a tall-sized Christmas beverage from Starbucks OR a 2-session Bikram Original Hot Yoga pass from True Yoga.

For the first 500 shoppers, you can also redeem a S$15 Far East Organization Mall Voucher when you spend S$450. 

You can also visit for more details. 

Hope you enjoyed reading the post!