Monday, August 12, 2019

Healthy yet Delightful Cakes from whYZee

Every business started out with a reason, it could be social or it could be personal. For whYZee I guess it's a bit of both.  

A passion to bake and a burning desire to share their bakes to every one spurred this couple Y & Z to start a bakery and named it after their initials - whYZee.  I haven't had the honor of meeting this couple so I really do not know their full name, but that is not important, we could instead focus on their bakery creations to know something about them because as an artist every creation tells a story.

Screenshot taken from whYZee facebook
Gone are the days where shops offer only specific items or services, now its all about "one-stop" concept.  What makes whYZee stands out like a beautiful crane amongst the fowl?

Bakes for all occasions & season
At whYZee they specialize in cakes for all occasions; bachelor/bachelorette party,wedding, birthday, graduation, Mum's Day, Dad's Day, you name it, they can get that cake for that special celebration.  They do seasonal bakes too; Christmas, Chinese New Year and I hear they are making mooncakes too.  Check out their cheese cakes, swiss rolls and cupcakes too!

All ingredients used are of premium quality to guarantee not only the freshness of their cakes but their delicious taste as well.  All cakes are made from scratch in the bakery and sold fresh daily.

Celebrating someone's birthday soon?  Check out whYZee's birthday cakes~

Customization to Perfection
Years passed, changes occurred to every thing big and small, us included. We no longer wish to have a cake design that has been chosen by others to celebrate that special occasion, we want a unique cake design that speaks about our love for the special person.  Speak to whYZee, I read that their staffs are friendly and helpful so they should answer all you gazzillion questions, requests and requirements.  Take a look at their photo in their facebook page to catch glimpse of a few customized cakes.

Do remember to treat them with the same respect and manner they have shown you because sometimes discussion gets miscommunication or misunderstood and friction arises.  Take a breather and start again.  Happy cakes for happy celebrations!

Eggless? No problem!
For those who simply adore cakes but with the dreaded egg allergy or have a special dietary restriction, look here~ You can start enjoying them without any worries.  whYZee promised that they will not shortchange nor compromise the taste of their eggless cakes thus you will taste an eggless cake that has both light and moist texture, with buttery or choclatey or other flavour of your choice.

OMG!!! I love to sink my teeth into that Triple Dark Chocolate Eggless Vegan cake!  See more about their eggless cakes here.

Screenshot taken from whYZee website
Plus Point - Islandwide Last Minute Cake Delivery*
Forgot someone special's birthday, an anniversary, important event?  Never mind, whYZee is here to rescue you.  Place a last minute cake delivery order online here and get them delivered to you 4 hours later.  

Tight on time?  Don't panic, give whYZee a call at 9773 2434 and have them deliver your cake 2 hours later.  

Still short on time?  Aiyoh, so busy??!! Quickly head down to their shop at 352 Clementi Ave 2, #01-109 Singapore 120352 to pick up one of their beautiful cake for your party.

So far every one's giving thumbs up for this service.

*Not applicable for customized cakes. Delivery fees apply*

Major Major MAJOR PLUS POINT - Healthy yet Delightful
Let's admit it, we love cakes but hate the sweetness that sometimes comes with it.  Most of the time we have "internal argument" with ourselves saying "that little bit of sweetness won't cause any harm." or "just a few mouthful should be ok", however every time we do that we expose ourselves to health risks.

At whYZee, one of their goal is creating healthy cakes that are low in sugar but yet taste as delightful for all.  The sugar for their cakes and buttercream are reduced by about 60%-70% of the original amount required, they do not replace sugar by adding more artificial flavors or essence.

Having said that, do note about the sugar can be found naturally in food in other forms such as glucose, fructose, galactose, lactose, maltose and sucrose too.  That is why some customers feedback that whYZee banana loaf is sweet but that's due to the natural sweetness from banana.  So do exercise care when choosing the cakes if you need to control your sugar intake.

Here's a look at their healthy bakes.

Note : If you are still concern check with whYZee on the exact ingredients used in making your cake.

Taste Test
Enough of the introduction *excitement* let's tuck into whYZee cake!!!

I didn't request for any particular cake, instead I just tell them to send one my way for my birthday and I received a rustic 6" Vanilla Cream Cheese Cake (approx 1.3kg, UP SGD45.50, prices varies with each cake depending on size and decoration) in peachy-pink hue! 

Here's looking at the "inside" of the cake.  A three-tier cake with vanilla filling in between.  The cream cheese buttercream coating looks just right, we were expecting to see a thicker layer like we usually see on other cakes.

The vanilla sponge cake was spongy, light and moist.  The buttercream does not feel heavy, I purposely took a mouthful of the frosting flower to see if I have that jelak or overwhelmed feeling but I did not experience that.  It was quite pleasant tasting the buttercream, plus it sends a tinge taste of cream cheese at the back of my tongue as I run it around my mouth.

As for sweetness, I find it just right and to my liking but DinoPapa and DinoBoy said its sweet for them.  That is perfectly right because every one's got different taste bud and preference.  Don't let my comment turn you away from whYZee, I read that whYZee allows you to do a tasting of their cake at their shop.   Take this opportunity and head down to their shop to taste it, let them the level of sweetness you prefer for the cake you will be ordering from them.

The next time you have a celebration that needs a cake that is easy on the pocket and better for your health, order that cake from whYZee, so that every one can indulge in that cake without any worries.

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About whYZee
whYZee Pte Ltd was established in 2017 by a couple who are extreme cake enthusiasts from young. Their initials were Y and Z thus the name of the company. As both their parents were diabetic, one main focus of the company is to create healthier bakes while not compromising on the taste. 

whYZee specializes in seasonal cakes and different occasion of cakes ranging from our famous Swiss Rolls to Birthday Cakes and Eggless Cakes. All ingredients used are of premium quality with no artificial flavoring or coloring.  We guarantee not only the freshness of our cakes but their delicious taste as well.

Location : 352 Clementi Ave 2, #01-109 Singapore 120352
Telephone : +65 9773 2434
Operating Hours :8.30am – 6.30pm (weekdays), 8.30am – 12.30pm (weekends), 24 hours for online purchase

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Alright good friends of The DinoFamily, we are honored that whYZee choose us to share their yet to launch product - Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes with you in our giveaway.  You will be able to get them online and in store sometime in mid August 2019.  

Scroll further to see ways to enter our giveaway and strictly adhere to the requirements if you want those Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cupcakes.

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Giveaway Details
Prize : 6 red velvet cream cheese cupcakes to 3 lucky winners
Collection of Prize : Cupcakes to be collected within a month from 18 August 2019
Contest Ends : 18 August 2019 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
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Disclaimer : whYZee sent their delicious cake for my birthday for the purpose of this post, no other forms of compensation were received. All opinions are 100% ours and based on our taste test of their cake. All photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belongs to the DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our approval.

Friday, June 7, 2019

HST Medical's Supplements designed for Children – Zoo-Vite Immune Jelly Sticks and Flu Resist Sachets

I don't usually do supplements review because some contains ingredients that have names or terms that I am not familiar with (okay... I am lazy to do a deep dive research) and some may not be as natural as they claimed to be.

However, when HST Medical approached me to ask if I am interest to try out their 2 new products - Zoo-Vite Jelly Sticks - Immune and Zoo-Vite Sachet - Flu Resist, I told them to send them my way~  

Why the suddenly change?  Well, firstly it is developed by HST Medical in Singapore, manufactured in Taiwan exclusively for HST Medical. Secondly they contains only natural ingredients so there won't be any worries about allergic reaction, it also contains no added preservatives nor artificial coloring.  Goodness till the last drop.

I love that the small individual sachets are small enough to be conveniently put into DinoBoy's lunch box bag so that he can have it after his meal.

I think every parent should consider these 2 supplements as an essential item when they are on family trip overseas.  All the excitement and fun time means lack of proper rest which can lower their  immunity resistant, making them feeling under the weather.  A Zoo-Vite Immune Jelly a day will keep them immunity system level up and keep those nasty bugs and virus away.

You can buy the Zoo-Vite Immune Jelly Sticks and Flu Resist Sachets online at Heritage, they are also available at authorised retailers including Essentials Pharmacy, Guardian, Watsons, Mustafa Singapore, and Nishino.

Zoo-Vite Jelly Sticks - Immune (30 sachets) @ SGD39.90

Zoo-Vite Immune Jelly Sticks are great strawberry tasting jellies that are fun and easy for kids to consume on their own. It tastes like a jelly snack with the additional benefit of supporting kids’ healthy immune system and easing the symptoms of mild to moderate allergic eruptions. Containing perilla seed extract, it counteracts inflammation associated with allergic response. At the same time, the formula is enhanced with probiotics, vitamins C, E and zinc to strengthen the immune system and prevent cell damage.

Active Ingredient - Perilla Seed Extract, Beta-Glucan, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Note : 100% vegan, free from gelatin, yeast and gluten.

Zoo-Vite Sachet - Flu Resist (15 sachets) @ SGD39.90

Zoo-Vite Flu Resist Liquid Sachets contains natural Elderberry extracts for a pleasant and sweet taste, with no artificial colourings, sweeteners or preservatives. Rich in BioActive Flavonoids, Elderberry & Echinacea to relieve nasal inflammation and allergies, Zoo-Vite Flu Resist for Kids provides an immune boost to counter upper respiratory infections.

Active Ingredient - Elderberry Extract 60mg, Echinacea Extract 60mg, Vitamin C 40mg, Perilla Seed Extract 20mg, Fermented Yeast 20mg, Olive Extract 5mg

Other Ingredient - Water, Sugar, Grape Juice, Critic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Grosvenor Momordica Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum

About HST Medical
HST Medical’s philosophy has evolved through the years, and today stands for Higher, Stronger, Together (HST), which embodies everyone’s aspiration to go higher, be stronger, and get together to do great things for the world – and it all starts with one’s holistic health.

Health is a universal pursuit, and HST Medical stemmed from this aspiration to provide the best of East and West in integrative supplements to assist everyone in their journey of health.

HST Medical brings together passionate professionals from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western pharmacological backgrounds, who work tirelessly together to formulate health and supplements easily and affordably accessible for everyone, anywhere around the world.

HST Medical formulates health supplements and remedies under two brands; Heritage® and Nature’s Essentials. They are produced under stringent manufacturing guidelines, using top grade ingredients for high efficacy and sold in leading pharmacies, supermarket and medical halls in Singapore, and online for customers globally.

The company also run the Essentials Pharmacy and the Heritage® TCM Clinic. Essentials Pharmacy (益生药房) is a service-oriented pharmacy trusted by customers for dedication and reliability in fulfilling prescriptions for chronic and other illnesses, providing complementary healthcare and supplement needs for the entire family. Heritage TCM Clinic is a well established TCM clinic (博诚中医诊所) which provides individualised TCM diagnosis, herbal medication, acupuncture and cupping treatments, as well as general health and wellness management.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Chinese Chamber Music of Excellence - DingYi Music Company

Chinese orchestra or 華樂 has been around for a long time, providing musical entertainment since ancient times.  Decades ago the modern Chinese orchestra was "born".  Much akin to the Western orchestra, Chinese orchestra is also made up of different sections - percussion, bow strings, plucked strings and wind, the combination of these musical instruments enables the musicians to perform either the traditional/modernized Chinese orchestral music or adaptions of Western orchestra pieces.  Uniquely to Singapore, we have heard contemporary songs being played by our Chinese orchestra groups.

Chinese chamber music is similar to Chinese orchestra only it is of smaller scale, but lesser musicians does not mean their performance will be compromised.  An excellent group will be able to perform any piece of music that will stir and excite the audience just like a full scale orchestra.

We were first introduced to one of the Chinese chamber music group - DingYi Music Company in 2016.  They approached a group of bloggers to help to spread awareness of their annual Of Music Series performance, where they push the boundaries of Chinese chamber music to showcase the harmonies between different art formsOf Music Series integrate music with famous but neglected Singapore landmarks and trades.

Since then we have been captivated by their unique performing style and we have been attending their concert or performance whenever we are able to.  They have never disappoint us with their ingenious music composition to bring us a different musical experience every single time.

Earlier this year, DinoBoy showed an interest in them and have requested me to bring him to more of their concerts.  I definitely will do so!  And this time I think it is time to introduce him to the other side of Chinese orchestra, the traditional side.  He is looking forward to the Masterpieces by Peng Wenxiu concert in April 2019 (scroll down to see details of this concert).

And if you want to introduce to Chinese orchestra, chamber music, Chinese musical instrument and music, you should start them off with DingYi simply because their performance are never dull and is always intriguing enough to arouse interest from the young mind.

I never did a post performance blog post (opps!), mostly on our instagram or facebook.  I thought I should document those wonderful time spent with DingYi.  Here goes~

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Of Music and Art . The Legend Retold - Sisters' Island
DingYi presents the first Chinese chamber music collaboration with sand arts and Javanese dance to bring the audience to the folklore of Singapore's Sister's Island.

Together with Javanese dancer Mr Garrett Kam and sand artist Mr Lawrence Koh, they transported audience to the shores of Sisters’ Islands to relive the tale of the two fateful sisters.  Photos and videos of Sisters’ Islands was also incorporated for an immersive experience.

The concert showcase a new arrangement of the award winning composition “The Sisters’ Islands” by young Singapore composer, Wang Chen Wei.

Sadly, we didn't managed to catch the concert because I was feeling under the weather but according to my other blogging mummies, it was a superb performance which both they and their kids enjoyed immensely.

We did however attended the exclusive workshop by DingYi where we got up close and personal with 3 of their musicians and Mr Garette Kam.  DingYi musicians did an introduction of their musical instruments and a short solo performance while Mr Kam shared some of the Javanese dance moves.

The expressive Javanese dance is usually slow with graceful movements, as you can see from the video below.  Mr Kam taught us the dance movement of the whale, seaweed, seabird and some simple dance steps.  It was such a joyous and eye opening experience for all.

Songs of the Dragon Kiln
DingYi Music Company and Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle came together to present to the audience another unique performance to pay tribute to one of Singapore's dying trade, the wood fired pottery using a dragon kiln.

This multidisciplinary concert featured music composed by Singaporean composer and National Arts Council Youth Artist award recipient Dr Zechariah Goh Toh Chai, documentary film by David Yap and ceramics by Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle.

Accompanied by the nostalgia and some what sad scores were a series of documentaries, starting with a little bit of introduction on Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle which was followed by sharing the history of pottery, the structure of the dragon kiln and the most intrigue part - the rituals & procedures in firing up the dragon kiln.

We were so memorized by it that I told DinoBoy that we gotta see it with our own eyes, which we did months later (will share post link here later).  It is even more captivating to see the firing process in real life, the intense heat, the labour of adding the wood at the right moment with the right amount,  I was really a priceless experience which both of us will never forget.

DingYi musicians used some ceramic pots and cups made by Thow Kwang Pottery as instruments during their performance too. The audience were also invited to play a tune with DingYi musicians with the several ceramic pots, plates and bowls you see in the photo below.





Video credit - DingYi Music Company

Of Music and Photography . Bridge
This performance brings our attention to our bridges, six of them in fact., namely the overhead bridge we see so commonly in Singapore, then there were the iconic bridges at Anderson, Causeway, Sugei Road, Changi Footbridge and Helix at Marina Bay.

DingYi performed music composed by Chen Zhangyi, Chong Kee Yong, Phang Kok Jun, Simon Kong, Syafiqah ‘Adha Mohamed Sallehin and Yuan Peiying, each piece representing one of the bridge.

Photography works by Andrew Bi Qiang, Lee Leng Kiong and Lui Hock Seng features the bridges and the daily activities around the bridges.

As I closed my eyes and listen to the music pieces, I could resonate it with my memories of a couple of the bridges, especially the hustle n bustle of the Sungei Road Flea market.  

Time for Opera! Monkey King
Time for Opera! – Monkey King sees DingYi working together with Chinese Opera Traditional Arts Centre and Indian dance Bhaskar’s Arts Academy to bring us a unique and awesome performance for all ages.

This program is presented by National Arts Council and Our Tampines Hub as part of Festive Arts @ Our Tampines Hub, part of the NAC’s Arts and Culture Nodes initiative which aims to bring people together to participate and enjoy arts in the neighbourhood.

Think of Monkey God we only know the famous Sun Wu Kong 孙悟空 but in Hindu mythology there is also a Monkey God known as Hanuman.  Like our Sun Wu Kong, Hanuman was a handful and created trouble in both the human and deity world too.

Time of Opera! presented to us the traditional Chinese and Indian musical drama that has been around for centuries.  The younger generations probably do not know much about them and it probably stirred some interest in the dance.  Great performance from Chinese Opera Traditional Arts Centre and Indian dance Bhaskar’s Arts Academy!

Watching the performance brought back fond memories of my younger days where I will sit in front of the then black & white TV with my grandmother.  We will enjoy an afternoon at each other's company watching an hour or two of either the Chinese opera or Indian dance show.  Even though I didn't understand a word that was being sang Chinese opera, their exaggerated painted face with their acrobatic stunts captured my attention.   

Arts in Your Neighbourhood - Music on the Move
Arts in Your Neighbourhood is an initiative by National Arts Council with the aim of bringing engaging arts experience to different neighbourhood in Singapore in the month of November and March. You can expect a month long of fun, interactive and enriching art experiences such as music and dance, theater and visual art, there is something for everyone!

This March, Arts in Your Neighbourhood was in Tampines, once home to sand quarries, prowling tigers, and coconut plantations.

DingYi heads out to Tampines in their musical truck with a pop up stage to present another great performance to the residents.  

Prior to this performance, a group of Tampines residents together with historian, composer and students from Temasek Junior College (Info Club) took a trip around Tampines to take in the sights and sound of their neighbourhood for the composition Sounds of Tampines.  Photos taken by Temasek Junior Colleage (Info Club) was shown on the big screen while storyteller 

While Historian and Storyteller Mr Lee Lok Leong and Mr Lee Yong Tick shared the audience about the history of Tampines, its folklore, the hidden beauty of this neighbourhood etc, photos taken by Temasek Junior Colleage (Info Club) was shown on the big screen.

I didn't record the performance of that musical piece that day, because I didn't managed to catch the opening part, hope it will be available for every one to enjoy some where in near future.

I did record Ding Yi and students from Temasek Polytechnic Chinese Orchestra performing the theme song of one of our earlier TV drama series 红头巾. (Spot the VIP and students from Temasek Junior College (Info Club) in the video)

We went down on both weekends and we saw how much joy they brought to the audience, especially when they invited them to sing along to the tune 往事只能回味.  Different group of audience on both days, different ambiance and interaction but maximum enjoyment for all!

DingYi 2019 Special Season Pass

This year, as an appreciation to all the support they received, the Ding art group launch the special season pass.

Enjoy up to 30% discount over DingYi Music Company's regular concert ticket pricing, the Season Pass entitles you to watch three different Ding Yi presented ticketed concerts of your choice!

DING YI 2019 SPECIAL SEASON PASS is a special limited package, grab yours today! Promotion lasts for three months and ends on 13 May 2019.

Grab the season pass here.

Upcoming Performance

Demonstrating the dynamic characteristics of Chinese bamboo instruments dizi, sheng and the versatility of Chinese percussion, this is an energetic chamber performance led by Ding Yi Music Company's virtuosos Ng Hsien Han, Soh Swee Kiat and Low Yik Hang, while performing your favourite Chinese classics. For its finale, the talented trio will also be premiering The Grass - a specially commissioned work by renowned composer Wang Jue.

Purchase tickets to this performance here.

Peng Xiuwen, one of the prominent and notable figures in the development of the Chinese music scene. This concert revisits some of his masterworks, showcasing the artistic prowess of renowned Chinese music husband and wife duo, yangqin virtuoso Zhang Gao Xiang and huqin doyenne Jiang Ke Mei, and reputable huqin musician Xu Wen Jing; with special percussion solo by Ding Yi conductor Quek Ling Kiong in the piece Harvest Drums

Purchase tickets to this performance here.

About Ding Yi
Established in 2007, Ding Yi is Singapore’s most prodigious Chinese chamber music ensembles. The ensemble has captivated audiences with its distinctive approach to music making and dedication to showcasing a vast repertoire that ranges from traditional Chinese music to contemporary interpretations and cross-genre works, and collaborated with prominent Chinese musicians including Min Huifen and Lu Chunling in many concerts, receiving accolades from critics and audiences alike.

Since emerging first at the National Chinese Music Competition organised by the National Arts Council (NAC), Singapore in 2008, Ding Yi continues to advocate and promote its unique Singapore sound – Ding Yi Chinese chamber music locally and overseas, such as China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Uzbekistan. Ding Yi is also a proud recipient of the NAC Major Company Scheme in 2016. 

For more information, please visit their facebook page or website.

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Giveaway Details
Prize : 2 pairs of tickets to Dingyi Music Company's Masterpieces by Peng Xiuwen
Contest Ends : 12 April 2019 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore
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Disclaimer : Since we are writing this post, we approached DingYi Music Company to sponsor tickets for our giveaway to let some of you have a chance to experience and enjoy their performance, no other compensation were received. The opinions in this post are 100% ours. Unless otherwise stated, all photos & videos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily,, you may not take it for personal use without permission.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Arts in Your Neighbourhood - 07 to 24 March 2019

The 12th edition Arts in Your Neighbourhood (AYN) is coming to an end and the last leg has started on 7 March 2019 and will end on 24 March 2019, this time the focus town is Tampines – Singapore’s third largest new town, once a rubber plantation at the turn of the 20th century, and home to sand quarries for a long time.

Though it is only 3 weeks in Tampines, expect loads of arts activities happening around the neighbourhood, there is definitely something for everyone! Get the programme booklet over here.

Here's what we will try to catch during the March school term break, hope to see you there too!

Music on the Move by Ding Yi Music Company
Both DinoBoy and I agree that this has to be on THE TOP of the list and will definitely join in the fun because we are fans~ 

Look out for a musical truck around Tampines, with a pop-up stage and vibrant music performances! These music performances will be featuring new compositions by young and old residents of  Tampines, inspired by a trip around the neighbourhood led by a historian and composer.

There will be 2 performances (no tickets needed) at 2 locations in Tampines, let's all gather to enjoy some Chinese chamber music uniquely to Dingyi Music Company.  

Do note that fringe activities starts at 5pm so head on down early, perhaps you can get up close and personal with the musicians and their musical instruments.

17 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Performance at 6pm
Tampines, Carpark at Blk 872A Street 86

23 Mar 2019 (Sat)
Performance at 6pm
Tampines Community Plaza

About the Artist
Established in 2007, Ding Yi Music Company 鼎艺团 is devoted to showcasing a vast repertoire ranging from traditional Chinese music to contemporary avant-garde interpretations and cross-genre works to the audience. The group of talented and award-winning musicians will be led by conductor Wong De Li for this AYN programme.

Familiar Favourite by Singapore Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble
What can some trumpets, trombones, French horns or cornets do when they gather together?  Spectacular pieces with superb performance of course!

Pause for a moment in the midst of your weekend rush to experience the classical music of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra’s brass ensemble. From Baroque splendour to golden classics, to brilliant energy-filled film music played live in bite-sized pieces, these pop-up performances are perfect for busy commuters on the go.

17 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Performance at 7pm
Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza)

About the Artist
Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is Singapore’s flagship orchestra, touching lives through classical music. SSO celebrates 40 years of music-making in 2019.

Acoustic Transformers by Rekupertou
I love "quirky" musical performance and I applause people who chooses this kind of performance because they need to put in extra effort to entertain and appeal to their audience with an unconventional  performance while ingesting some strange and/or funny traits.  Not an easy job!

The Acoustic Transformers is a group of five musicians who interpret varying musical styles such as reggae, calypso and salsa with a unique twist! Featuring covers as well as original music, the band uses instruments made from recycled materials and other quirky objects.

Come experience the “tubatong”, played with flip flops, or the “piti pa” which produces sounds made by stainless steel dishes. Be prepared for a surprising new orchestral experience!

22 Mar 2019 (Fri)
Performance at 5pm & 7pm
Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza)

About the Artist
Rékupertou is a French music and theatre company from Nantes, France, with extensive experience in multi-faceted music composition and instrument-making. Recycling elements from trash is a main theme in their spectacular musical and educational endeavours.

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Here are some of the activities that we find interesting and may interest you too.

Charlotte and the Time Machine by Spot Pocket Opera Theatre

Charlotte is a curious time traveller on her way to witness the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 Singapore. However, due to her malfunctioning time machine, she ends up on a musical adventure across different time periods, encountering everything from classic tunes by Mozart to familiar soundtracks from the Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Expect a bubbly good time with 3 time-traveling operatic singers and a hat-changing music ensemble. Young audiences will be roped in to help perform on stage, while adults can expect to be surprised by their own knowledge of opera!

17 Mar 2019 (Sun)
Performance at 5pm
Our Tampines Hub (Festive Plaza)

About the Artist
Spot Pocket Opera Theatre (SPOT) is a chamber western opera company that consists of locally-based operatic singers, resident musicians in the SPOT Music Ensemble, and a crucial team of media artists, playwright and volunteers. SPOT has performed in many unconventional spaces, as well as for dignitaries both locally and in Malaysia.

Off Cuts Tea House by HF/DF

Take shelter in a place of meeting and contemplation within cosmopolitan Singapore, in this Japanese tea-house made entirely out of recycled and repurposed plastic, steel and wood off-cuts. The tea-house is made to measure the same as an HDB Bomb Shelter – a consistent unit across the island. Enter the space, brew a cup of tea and contemplate nature through a single window and the urban city through the other.

A commission for Arts in Your Neighbourhood, in collaboration with DesignSingapore Council.

This programme is in conjunction with Singapore Design Week 2019.

About the Artist
HF/DF is an interdisciplinary collaboration between artist Gerald Leow and design studio In the Wild. They create spatial experiences, three dimensional objects and installations that intersect between the fields of art and design. All objects are uniquely created within the artist’s studio, a city fabrication lab that embodies interdisciplinary thinking, making and exploration.

7 – 24 March 2019
Tampines Community Plaza

Interactive performance by tea sommelier Kenny Leong
9 -10, 16-17 March from 4pm - 6pm

( , ) Sense: Tampines Curated by Dr Wang Ruobing

( , ) Sense: Tampines is a public art project that injects a sense of humour and play into the experience of the everyday through fun and interactive contemporary art.

The project presents 5 new artworks that offer playful both body and mind to take a closer look at their surroundings and interact with others around them.  This is a commission by the National Arts Council’s Public Art Trust.

About the Curator
Dr Wang Ruobing (Singapore) is an artist and curator who currently teaches at the LASALLE College of the Arts. Her research examines questions of identity, hybridity and transcultural discourses with a focus on contemporary art in China and Southeast Asia.

Friday, January 11, 2019

FABLife - Finely Cup Curve Series Wireless Shaping Bra Lingerie

Confession & Aplogies : This post took longer than usual to finish because I was hesitant. If you have been following us, you'll know that I have a stringent guideline & requirement when I am doing product review because I feel a sense of responsibility towards the public.  I always believe that I should write about these products with 100% true review with ample sharing of photos of results.  When I receive this product I was so sure that I could do it without breaking any sweat. and true to that it was not too difficult to pen down my thoughts about it.  

However, when I was getting ready to put it on and take photo I started to hesitate, suddenly I wasn't feeling comfortable showing the world the intimate part of my body. I struggled and tried to overcome it for weeks and months but simply just could not.  A couple of times I was even thinking of returning the product but I love it too much to go of it (sucker of fine lingerie lol).  This hurdle even held up all my other product reviews, I just couldn't move on without finishing this.  

When I got chased about the review again I knew I had to get it out this second!  So I did a last minute adjustment to my post, sharing photos of very part of the bra instead, and so here is the review post.

My sincerest apologies to FABLife for the delay and not doing a perfect job on this review, and to all of you for not giving my best, this will not happen in the future.

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when your lingerie fits perfectly everything feels beautiful which in turn allows you to be at your sexiest most confident self at all times.
I bet all women will agree to the above but how many of us make the effort to allow that to happen?

Introducing my latest lingerie love - FabLife's Finely Cup, non underwired lace-licious bra series that promise to give you the confident every day.

In the past years I have purchased non underwired bra of different brands, although it gives the required support and enhancement to my breast there is always a thing or two that stops me from buying from them after the bra ran out of shape.  Either the overall design is suffocating  after long wear or the lace feels scratchy against my skin.

I can confidently share that my first encounter with Finely Cup non underwired Curve Series C1218 (UP SGD110.00) was both positive and awesome!

Non underwired? How is it possible?
You must be wondering how could a non underwired bra support and have the push up effect?  Ah~~ modern bra is no longer as simple as it look, there are many things at work at the same time in that seemingly small piece of clothing.

Let's take a peek at the inside of the cups first, which is made up of soft cotton lining and spandex padding.  That piece of seamless loose fabric at the bottom of the cup is cut in accordance to the curve of the breast to give that superior lift.  The 3D memory padding reshapes your breast so that it is no longer sagging.

A Must Mention feature - The inside of the cup is made with lightweight ultra soft pearl fabric material that promotes blood circulation with whitening effects.  Superb pampering for our breasts~

The deep V vest design ensures that the breast tissue stays put at the chest area (psst~ this will definitely increase your cup size).  The U shaped back design not only gives ample support but it distributes the fats evenly thus preventing ugly bulges.

The soft lace of daisy and lavender design makes the bra looks exquisite, the lace extends further from the the shoulder all the way to the back, giving the sexy feel and look.  Those flowery lace edges does not feels scratchy nor irritates my delicate skin.  

The band is made with the softest spandex which I couldn't stop touching it.  The side band of 11cm high and a thicker back band not only provide ample overall support but also prevents muffin top under the arm or at the back.

Here are MORE reasons to love Finely Cup
  • Non wired/seamless for full comfort and outline invisibility
  • Proper shaping and adjustment of bust by effective “gathering” of breasts.
  • Sweat absorbent and breathable
  • Great fit, support and lift.
  • Prevention of breast sagging, and breast going sideways, and helps to shape the “double” meat on the side chest.
  • Gentle, skin-friendly and super soft
  • Flexible and elastic
  • Improves breast shape and breast fat position
  • Prevent and battle breast-related diseases.

When you put on a Finely Cup bra, all the above mechanics are pampering your breasts to ensure they are healthy and beautiful instead of being saggy or sad looking.

Not convincing enough?  Look at all the Finely Cup bra testimonials from other women over here and believe it!

Let's flaunt our most prized assets from today onwards, get your hands on Finely Cup sexy lingerie and become the confident women that YOU supposed to be!

FabLife have a whole range of shaping products that will help you achieve that to-die-for hour glass body with perfect bust.  With so many style and designs, there is one that will surely catch your eye, head off to their website to take a look now.

Last but not least, to get the utmost effect from Finely Cup bra, first you have to get the correct bra size according to your boobs and wearing it correctly, then you will definitely be showing the world your well supported & shaped with deep cleavage boobs that all your girlfriends will envy.  

Don't know how to measure your bra size or wear it the right way?  Read on~

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"Are you wearing the right size bra?"
This seems to be the tag line all bra lingerie brands use in their advertisement since decades ago to get women to pay more attention to their most prized asset - the breasts.  You would have think that women finally gotten their acts together and most will be wearing bra that enhances their boobs.  Wrong!  There are still a significant number of women who are still wearing ill fitted bra.

Physical signs of wearing wrong sized bra
There are usually tell tale signs that there is something wrong with our bra but most of the time we ignore it because we thought we are wearing supposedly the correct size bra so these signs are common issue with all women.  However, if a piece of garment feels uncomfortable or irritable to you than you should not continue to wear it.

The following infograph shows the common tell-tale signs.

Other significant signs are;
- irritation under the breast
- there is space between the cup edges and your breasts
- armpit boobs
- readjustment of bra through the day
- band is squeezing your back
- ribs and backache
- back fats

Get the right FIT!
Gone are the days where bandeau tops or silk handkerchiefs cover and protect the breasts, modern day women need a bra that hold and shapes their breast in the most attractive way.

A well fitting bra prevents the breasts from sagging, going out of shape, it also helps to improve your posture and prevent pulling of ligament caused by breast bounce during exercise. 

Below is a inforgraph taken from Triumph that shows 3 steps in determining your bra size and cup.

Wearing a bra is not as simple as just putting it on and covering your breasts, it's a lot more complicated than that. 

#1 Wearing it
Slip your arms through the respective arm hole, lean about 45deg forward, let your breast fall into the cup and clasp the bra in the back.  Wear your new bra by hooking it to the out most set of hooks so as it stretches over time you can tighten it by hooking to the next inner set of hooks.

#2 Scoop, Swoop & Smooth
Still bending, with the opposite hand scoop and swoop the breast tissue away from your armpit and into the bra cup. 
Stand up straight, with the pointing finger smooth the breast tissue along the edges of the bra cup.

#3 Adjustment
Raise your arms up above your head, the bra should not ride up.
Adjust the bra strap by moving the slider up or down to tighten or loosen it. 
Adjust the bra band to ensure that it is parallel to the floor and is resting under your shoulder blade.

#4 The 2 Finger Rule
For a final check for that perfect fit, use the 2 Finger Rule.

Place 2 fingers underneath the band at the back, it should fit comfortable.  If it don't this means that you are wearing the bra a size too small, if you are are able to stretch the band a few inches away from your back, it means that your bra is too big.

Slide 2 fingers along your bra strap towards your shoulder, it should stretch comfortably, adjust the strap accordingly till it fit.

If you are still unsure about the above steps, watch the following video on wearing the bra correctly, it is a bit sensual but bear with it and watch it till the end.

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If you do not feel confident in measuring your own bra size give Alice from FABLife a tinker to book a private fitting session with her.

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Disclaimer : We were invited to a private gathering at FABLife's flagship store to have first hand experience on their products for the purpose of this post. All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our user experience of the products. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take them for personal use without our prior permission.

Monday, December 10, 2018

FABLife - Venna Indox: Natural Fruit & Enzyme Supplement

*Overhead in MRT*

"Could you help me tabao (pack) ban mian for me? Tell them don't add vegetable....Yes... remember NO VEGETABLE!"
How many of you have such specific request when ordering food?  *ahem* Not me, I only request for lesser pork or no pork, I prefer my greens to the meat.

Well, there is a reason why your Mum nagged at you to have more fruits and vegetables when you were young. This is because besides being an important part of healthy eating, they are also a good source of many nutrients and vitamins.  (Unless you have a medical condition that restrict your potassium intake you should eat a healthy amount of vegetable every meal.)  Having a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables also helps to lower your risk of getting chronic disease such as heart disease, stroke etc.

And I think the utmost important thing is that the natural insoluble fibers in vegetable, especially found in dark green leafy vegetables, not only strengthen your gastrointestinal muscle but they help food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for a fast quick dump into the toilet bowl.

The Importance of Healthy Digestive System
A healthy digestive system means a healthy body, mind and soul that enable us to live every day to our fullest; without much pain and discomfort, especially as we age.

Digestive disorder can cause diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and heartburn.

All the above can cause serious discomfort and disruption to our lifestyle.  If you had experienced it you will know that it comes with abdominal pain, bloatedness, passing foul smelling wind and a feeling of blockage inside.  So, what is consider a poor bowel habit?  If you visits the toilet to dunk your waste less than 3 times per week, you have a bowel issue.  

Of course many things contributes to having this symptom such as stress, not drinking enough water, lack of exercise, lack of fibers in diet, poor eating habit, holding back the urge to pass stool, medication, chronic illness so on and so forth.

FABLife Venna Indox
Okay, you don't like your greens nor fruits and have a busy lifestyle that makes you neglect your internal body, that is not the end of the world because FABLife's Venna Indox, a natural fruit and enzyme supplement is here!

What is Venna Indox?
Venna Indox (UP SGD48.50) contains 10 major ingredients including apple fiber, oat & wheat fiber, raspberry, plumberry, aloe vera, mutlienzyme, green tea, wheatgrass, galactooligosaccharide and mix fruits powder.   Venna Indox proves effective in promoting a healthy digestive tract, supporting efficient nutrient absorption and boosting metabolism, processes that are crucial in maintaining regular body functions.

Note : Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), also known as oligogalactosyllactose, oligogalactose, oligolactose or transgalactooligosaccharides (TOS), belong to the group of prebiotics. Prebiotics are defined as non-digestible food ingredients that beneficially affect the host by stimulating the growth and/or activity of beneficial bacteria in the colon - taken from wiki, read more about it here.

Features taken from Venna Indox brochure 
★ Purify Colon 净化肠胃
★ Detoxification 排毒瘦身
★ Boost Immunity 提高免疫力
★ Promote Liver Protection 解酒护肝
★ Beauty & Wellness 美容养颜
★ Enhances Cell Revitalisation 活化细胞
★ Regulate Body Function 调理机能

Why do we need Enzyme supplement?
Simple answer - because our body do not produce enough enzyme efficiently to keep our body healthy and functioning well as we age.

Enzymes are like our kaypoh aunties or busy bodies who love to stick their nose into every activities in the neighbourhood.  In enzymes case, it insist in participating in every chemical reactions in your body!

Enzymes is a type of protein that can be found throughout our body, they help build muscles, destroying toxic and they work with stomach acid and bile to break down food into molecules for a wide range of bodily functions.

As we age, coupled with poor eating habit and lifestyle, it means that we are not getting enough enzyme to replenish those that we lost.  This leads to weak immune system, occurrence of headaches or dizzy spells, muscle aches or joint pains, food or skin allergies, indigestion or constipation.

To compensate that, change in eating habits; means including enzyme rich food, take probiotics or taking dietary enzymes supplements.

How does Enzyme aid our digestive tract?
Every day we consumed food that contains starch or carbohydrate, they are turned into glucose after being broken down by the enzymes in the digestive tract to give our body energy.  

In cases where there are excessive starch or digestive enzyme deficiency, these starch clings to our intestinal wall causing blockage that in turn leads to the issues we mentioned earlier about healthy digestive system.

The same theory goes for Venna Indox, the enzyme in it does the same function too but in the all natural way, check out the video below.

The Smell & Taste Testing
I know some of you do not like to take supplements because of its smell and taste, so let me do a little sniffing and tasting for you.

After I opened up a packet of Venna Indox, I took a whiff at the content inside and as expected it smell like all other supplements - funny dry smell with a tinge of fruity fragrance (DinoPapa said it smell like money hahaha!).

We were told to mix Venna Indox with 200ml of either cold or room temperature water because warm water tends to turn the mixture jello-liked faster, give it some quick stir to dissolve the content  and consume all of them immediately.  You wouldn't want to take you time to sip the drink because it will turn jello-liked in no time.

The color of the mixed drink does not look appealing (as you can see from the photo above) but surprisingly it didn't taste as weird, I actually like it a lot because of the fruity taste in it and I chugged the whole cup down in  few seconds.  YUM~   

We were supposed to consume 2 sachets per day continuously for 6 days to for the optimal effect.

The Conclusion

Recently I had a bad course of constipation, a good time to try out Venna Indox~  yippeee~ 

I took one sachet an hour or so after my dinner one night and thought nothing else of it because it takes about 6 to 8 hours for our body to react to the supplement.  I went on my daily routine as usual the next day, I did not feel any discomfort like tummy churning, hearing rumbling sound in my stomach etc till the end of the day where I started to feel a little discomfort.  After dinner that night, I was relaxing in front of my laptop when suddenly I have this super pain tummy-ache with an urge to purge, I dashed into toilet to the bewilderment of DinoPapa because he has never seen me run so fast into it!

Needless to say, I spent quite some time sitting on the toilet bowl emptying my waste that *ahem* came out quite smoothly.  I was so much relieved when I stepped out of the toilet.

Although we were told that it will take a couple of days for the supplement to help us clear our intestinal waste, it took me 1 sachet and 12 hours, so I guess perhaps individual body will start reacting to it at different time.

Venna Indox is made from natural fruit loaded with enzyme, it worked well on me with no significant side effect (such as allergy) it will be one of the supplement that I will include in my diet to boost my body's energy and health.

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Disclaimer : We were invited to a private gathering at FABLife's flagship store to have first hand experience on their products for the purpose of this post.  All opinions in this post are 100% ours and based on our user experience of the products.  All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not take them for personal use without our prior permission.

An important thing to note : If you are on medication or suffers from chronic illness, please seek your doctor's approval before consuming Venna Indox.