Saturday, September 19, 2020

Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary

This collage first appeared in the blog on 19 September 2012

It was love at first sight when I saw you in 1999.

Your charisma coupled with the level of confidence you portrayed and the way you carry yourself attracted me.

You didn't pay much attention at me, but I went after you nonetheless.

I won your heart.

*** *** ***

We exchanged our wedding vows on 19 September 2000.

It wasn't smooth, my mum was not in favour and her worries were understandable.  We have known each other for barely 9 months and decided to start a new chapter of our life together.  To her, it is foolish and too risky.

You assured her that your feelings towards me were true and promise her that you will take care of me forever.

You won her trust.

*** *** ***

We held our customary wedding on 19 September 2002.

Again, it wasn't a smooth sailing event, it almost did not happen because of your mum.  You stood firm, told her off to stop her nonsense.

You gave us a grand wedding reception, I dare say that it was the best among our friends,  Even though we ended up not "earning" from the reception and had to fork out cash to top up the difference, we had the best time of our life.

That night, you won my heart again and my love for you grew even more, excited to start a new journey with you. 

*** *** ***

Our son was born in 2006.

I can see the joy in your eyes, your love for him was greater than anything in the world.

I was battling postpartum depression, instead of brushing it off as something that will go away sooner or later, you did every thing you could to help me.  You tried to schedule work to end early so that you can be home to take over the care of our newborn son.

I wasn't appreciative, blaming you for everything and anything.

I broke your heart but you lead me out of my illness with your love.

*** *** ***

Your health took a drastic turn in 2013.

Suddenly my pillar of support was gone.  I was burdened with too many worries and financial obligations to notice that you are suffering too.

Both of us needed each other, instead of turning to each other, we pushed each other further apart.  

We broke each other's heart and trust.

Our love has gone cold on the outside but deep inside we love each other so so much.

*** *** ***

Today is 19 September 2020.

It would have been our 20th Wedding Anniversary.

It would have been...

Missing you dearly...

Monday, August 17, 2020

Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow - The Ultimate Plush Pillow

When it comes to our precious sleep, we make sure we have a comfortable environment where we could lay our head and sleep through the night, waking up the next day feeling fresh and energized.  Truth to be told, there are certain percentage of people who does not have quality sleep due to a few factors, namely temperature n the room, bad sleeping posture, mattress (too soft or too hard), flatten pillows.

Today, let's talk about pillows.

The rule of thumb for pillows is that we have to change them every one or two years for the obvious reasons; dirt, oil, sweat and drool can be absorbed and stained the pillow which may cause you to have allergic reaction like swollen eyes and sinus.  Washing the whole pillow may get rid of these but there is only so many years a pillow can support you.

Pillows are not meant to last forever.

Some of us spend a hefty amount on a pillow that promise us a sturdy, fluffy pillow and endless good night sleep, only to have a flatten pillow a few months later.  Rather than ditching these pillow for a new one, we tends to live with it probably because you paid a price for it and not willing to spend another bomb on another pillow within the year. 

By saving those money, we compromised our beauty sleep, restful nights and have to endure the aches and pain from that flatten pillow that does not provide the require support to our head and neck.

What if there is a pillow that you can get your money worth plus letting you sleep like a baby without any aches and pains every day for at least a year?

Best in Singapore sends over a Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow for me to test the product, so read on and see what is our verdict.

The Sleep Test
The Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow has denser material thus has a little bit of weight, it feels spongy and sturdy too.  I didn't air nor sun the pillow when I received it and took it to use straight from the box.  I regretted coz there is a faint latex smell and it got stronger when I turn to sleep by my side.  Don't worry, the smell is not toxic, since I am still here writing this post.  

The thickness of the pillow feels just right, the latex foam moulds the shape of my head giving me the right support, aligning my head and neck at a comfortable level, not giving stress to my neck and shoulders.

I sleep on the pillow without any pillowcase just to have a feel of the pillow cover that is threaded with Tencal fabric.  It does feel soft and definitely did not cause any uncomfortable scratchy feeling to my face or neck.  I like that the pillow cover can be removed for washing, this minimize the dust, dirt and odour being trapped and lingering on the cover and later transferred to the pillow.  This further reduce the risk of having any allergy reaction caused by these allergen.

Since I sleeps with the AC on, I couldn't test the cooling effect by the Coolmax® cooling gel but I read from other's reviews that it helps the dissipate heat from the pillow.

Incidentally I had been suffering from neck aches, shoulder aches and soreness  on my lower back for the past week.  These were directly or indirectly caused by a few things -  carrying a overloaded backpack, sleeping posture and pillow that got shifted off my head while I was sleeping. I was still nursing these aches and pains with essential oil and ointment but they weren't showing sign of going away any sooner.

A night with the latex pillow and the next day my neck and should aches were gone!  Not bluffing nor telling lies, you guys know that I will not ever do that.  

My lower back still feels sore though but that is another issue that needs to be solved in another way.

So, it is true that a good support pillow put lesser strain on the head and neck while we sleep and enabling us to have good quality sleep whole night through.

Our Conclusion
The Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow @ SGD129 (Original price SGD159) is as what the website claimed - it is the ultimate plush pillow that I think every one should have on their bed so that we all can finally enjoy good quality sleep!

Head over to Origin Mattress website here to purchase this wonderful latex pillow now!

Disclaimer : We received a Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow from Best in Singapore, solely for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our user experience on the product. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission

Monday, August 10, 2020

Pizza Delivery SG - Handcrafted Italian Pizza just a click away!

Pizza - a typically flatten bread dough spread with a savory mixture usually including tomatoes and cheese and often other toppings and baked in the oven.

You can have your pizza using the knife and fork or with your hands.

You can enjoy pizza with your family and friends, in the restaurant, in the comfort of your home, at work, in school after class/after sports, watching sports matches/movie marathons, during birthday parties/graduation/special occasions/Christmas/New Year and many more!

You can have a slice of pizza for breakfast, lunch, dinner or whenever you feel like having it.

You can have your pizza any where, any time.

Truth is, you either love or hate pizza.

Let us introduce a pizzeria for your consideration in case you get tired with your usual pizza joint.  Pizza Delivery SG is a local online pizza delivery company that serves artisan-styled pizza and pasta on demand.  That means they only start to bake their pizza when they received the order.  Some of you may be familiar with Pizza Delivery SG since it was listed as one of the Best Pizza deliveries over at Best In Singapore site.

Give Pizza Delivery SG a try, I can't guarantee that you will fall in love with it but I guarantee you that the next time you want to order pizza, Pizza Delivery SG will be among your top pizzeria list.

Check out their menu here later
Pork Pepperoni Pizza

Beef Salami Pizza

Crispy Chicken Wings

Mozarella Cheese Stick

Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti

Squid Ink Linguine
Our Food Tasting
We had 2 adults and 2 kids that day so I went ahead to order Pizza Delivery SG Hearty Festa that cost SGD50 and comes with two 12" pizza, 6pcs mozzarella cheese sticks and 6pcs crispy chicken wings.  I added a Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti @ SGD18.90 and a Squid Ink Linguine @ $26.90  just to have a taste of their pasta.
Since kids love pizza more than adults, we let them decide on the pizza, and they made a good choice on Pork Pepperoni and Beef Salami.  These 2 pizzas are new to me coz I am not a pizza lover and I only order the most common Hawaiian pizza or some chicken pizza from the usual pizzeria chain.

Having only eaten pizza from the one and only pizzeria that be found in most malls (you guys probably know which one I am referring to), the thin pizza tasted great to me.  I could eat 3 slices instead of the usual 1.5 pieces since I wasn't stuffed up full by the thick dough. While the crusty edge adds the crunch, the smoky taste from pepperoni and salami adds flavour to the whole pizza. refreshing taste for me.

We all agreed that the pepperoni was salty and it could do a lesser bit of salt which will made the pizza tastier.

I love the colorful Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti with its velvety cream sauce.  I like that they give a generous portion of shitake mushrooms and capsicums.  One negative review is the chicken pieces.  They looked and tasted like they have pan fried the chicken pieces before adding them into the pasta, some of the chicken pieces had dried up surface and we had a hard time chewing it.

Truth to be told, the Squid Ink Linguine was a total turned off, visually.  The whole dish was black... blacker than black! If you refer to the photo on their website, the dish is looks much appealing.  

According to the website, it is made with rich and briny squid ink with a faint hint of white wine, complete with fresh seafood of mussels, scallops, prawns, half a crayfish and squid.  Despite it's appearance, DinoBoy enjoyed the dish but commented that it is slightly salty.  I would have chuck the whole dish aside, refusing to touch it if I am the one eating it.  

The portion of the pasta is good enough to give an adult a satisfying meal without the need to have any side dishes.

There wasn't anything to rave about the sides of 6pcs mozzarella cheese sticks @ SGD14.30 and 6pcs crispy chicken wings @ SGD13.90because they arrived cold, not even lukewarm.  Definitely overprices for 6 pieces of cheese sticks.

When I ordered the cheese sticks I had already envisioned the usual cheese sticks I get from other restaurants, I was hoping this will be different.  Sadly, it turned out to be the same, they tasted like the frozen type that was sold in the supermarket.  It came cold so the cheese inside has solidified and the overall texture does not taste good.

The chicken wings still have the crispy crunch skin but it would taste so much better if it is hot.  They were not as juicy as I would thought they would be too.

Our Conclusion
Pizza Delivery SG claims over at their website that their wood-fired brick oven together with their secret sauce, handmade pizza dough freshly made daily in batches, air flown premium Southern Italian cheese and their Italy trained head chef with a decade of experience his belt allows them to serve authentic Italian pizza.

We stay fiercely true to the Italian traditions - Pizza Delivery SG
I wouldn't know how authentic Italian pizza should taste but I love their pizza for its texture, since one of the pizza was slightly salty, it took away some points. 

I have always prefer cream base pasta over tomato or aglio olio but none that I tasted prior in restaurants was able to satisfy me and usually makes me nausea half way through it.  Pizza Delivery SG Alfredo sauce is smooth and light that goes easy on the stomach.  For our Chicken Alfredo spaghetti, the amount of the sauce was just nice to coat the spaghetti and ingredient, leaving it a little bit wet so that the dish is not too dry when we eat it.

Having stated that they have 6 kitchens strategically located around Singapore it makes me wonder why our food arrived cold.  Ok, pizza was delivered about 8 minutes late (Yes, I keep track of the time), the delivery lady claimed that traffic was bad.  Would a traffic jam makes food cold?  Of course it would if its a bad 30min jam, but wouldn't they have this thermal bags that keeps food warm during delivery transition?

If you are wondering if they would honour their Late Delivery compensation should your order was not delivered within your selected 1-hour time slot, the answer is YES!   Take note that this is not their usual SGD10 discount voucher stated in their website, I am not sure why the difference and I didn't ask their PR company too. So do note that their compensation is only SGD10 discount voucher.

And yes, we will be having pizza for dinner tonight!  We are going to try different pizza and pasta, stay tuned for our review in our social media over at our facebook page and Instagram.

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Disclaimer : We received SGD80 Pizza Delivery SG store credits for partial payment of the food while we paid for the difference, solely for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our food tasting of Pizza Delivery SG. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

8 Crabs - Wild Caught Sri Lanka Crabs that warms my heart

During the early years, Singapore was famous for its chilli crab and black pepper crabs.  Most of the tourist who visited Little Red Dot will plan a day specifically to head down to a few seafood joints to taste these famous dishes.

Sadly, as years passed and due to a few reasons such as experienced chefs retiring and the skill of new chefs are not up to it, the quality and taste of these dishes deteriorated. Even those seafood joints where both locals and tourists flocked to previously to have their crabs crave fixed were serving substandard quality crabs.

It is easy to cook chilli crab.  I mean if my Mum or DinoPapa (bless their soul) were able to whip up a huge plate of chilli crabs in our humble kitchen and have us licked the plates clean, I do not see why restaurants or zi char stalls serves crabs that are not value for money. 

Before you guys hit me on the above statement, I stand to believe that it is an easy dish BUT it does require a lot of preparation work.  Just do a quick google and you will find a variety of recipes with some what the same ingredients and steps in cooking the dish.

The most important element for chilli crab is of course the freshness of the crab which is the deciding factor whether the dish is a success or a flop.

It is the hassle of gathering the ingredients and preparing them that stopped DinoPapa from making chilli crab more often though he loves this dish.  Later on when his health was not good it becomes impossible for him to make this dish again.

We have tried chilli crab from a few places but it was always a disappointed experience.  The dish was pricey with the gravy either too bland, too watery, too spicy.  The crabs size and freshness were always a lucky hit or miss.  We have stopped ordering this dish since years back because it is really not worth the money and our heartache.  Yeah, we love our food so much that when we tasted badly prepared dishes we feel sad and angry because the chef is wasting precious ingredients!  "浪费食材!" DinoPapa always exclaimed when he tasted substandard food.

Well, if only he gets to know about 8 Crabs earlier, we would be having crabs that tasted as good if not better than he would have made them himself and he would be singing praises about them to every one.

The new norm for F&B businesses is to offer home delivery of their food to consumers since most of us are stuck at home due to Covid19 Circuit Breaker.  Timely delivery, condition and quality of food when they reached consumers have always been a challenge.

Has 8 Crabs managed to overcome this issues?  Scroll on to see our photos of their crabs.

8 Crabs Award Winning Salted Egg Crab

8 Crabs Award Winning Chilli Crab

Fried Man Tou

Our Food Tasting
Well, first and foremost, they receive 5 stars from us because the crabs were piping hot, DinoBoy was eager to sink his teeth into the crab that he grabbed the pincer and got a shock from it.  The skin of the fried man tou were crispy and the inside's soft & fluffy.  We dipped it in both the sauces and bun soaked up the sauce fairly quickly, a taste of heaven after that.

They earned another 5 stars for presentation, I mean to cook the crabs and placed them in the containers, making them look prim and proper as if the crab is enjoying a sun tan takes an extra effort from the chef.  I swear that chilli crab was smiling at me when I open the container!

We started with 8 Crabs Award winning Salted Egg Crabs, we were expecting to taste a bit of texture from the broken down salted egg yolk in the sauce but there were none.  Sauce was smooth and with a mild salted egg taste in it.  We were ok with that but would prefer it to be a little bit stronger though not too over other wise the taste will cover the sweetness of the fresh crabs.

The screaming red sauce from 8 Crabs Award Winning Chilli Crab looks intimidating, making us think that it is spicy, turned out it tasted great with the right level of spiciness and sweetness.  Contrary to the believe, chilli crab sauce are not supposed to be lip burning spicy.  Instead it got to have a well balanced taste of spiciness from chilli and sweetness from tomato sauce.

Needless to say, the Sri Lanka crabs were superb!  Sweetness from the fresh meat satisfied the craving we had just by looking at it earlier.  The crabs were fleshy or meaty too.  We could get big chucks of meat from the cartilage-lined channels.  From the photo we share above, you can see that there is a fair size of meat on the legs too.

We ordered 2 XL crabs for 2 adults and 1 tween coz I wasn't sure how big the crabs will be.  Plus, based on past experience, DinoBoy can finish half a crab, thus I decided to order more just to make sure every one's have their fair share of it.  Turned out that the XL crabs were really big!  3 of us had a hearty share of the crabs.

Our Conclusion
Honestly, these crabs does not come cheap with price of each crab going at SGD68 for Large (approx 750g), SGD88 for X-Large (900g - 1kg) and SGD128 for  XX-Large (approx 1.2kg).  We guarantee you that it is worth every cent you paid for these crabs.

8 Crabs has control over the quality of the Sri Lanka crabs from the minute they are being lift out of water and to be graded by experienced crab graders to ensure that only AAA grade crabs leave their premises 2 hours later, making its way to the airport to reach Singapore some 4 hours later.  This, I think is as fresh as you can get for live crabs.  Guarantee no weird ammonia taste or crumbly texture of the crab meat. 

They also claimed to be able to delivery within the selected one hour slot.  I wasn't paying attention to the time that day but a search at their facebook page did not show any complaints about late deliveries so I gather that they kept to their claims.

If you are old school like me, you probably won't enjoy Salted Egg Crabs as much but I read about raving review of their Award Winning Black Pepper crab so you may want to try that instead.

I love the chilli crab sauce, it made me miss DinoPapa because it has that almost same taste as the chilli crab he cooked for us years before.  It warms my heart and soul while I reminisce the memories of DinoPapa.

If you love some good crabs and willing to splurge on it, I strongly recommends 8 crabs, you will not be disappointed.  Place your crab order here.

If you want other zi char dishes to go with your crab, 8 Crabs serves and delivers pipping hot dishes too.  We ordered Yam Ring, Prawn Paste wings and Stir-fried kailan, no complains about them except praises.  Take a look at their other dishes over here.

Disclaimer : We received SGD120 8 Crabs store credits for partial payment of the crabs while we paid for the difference, solely for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our food tasting of 8 Crabs food. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Sushi, Premium food that is easy on the pocket

During the Covid19 pandemic, the new norm is to wear a face mask the minute you step out of the house.  The next new norm is to tabao or pack food from eatery to eat at home. These are the measures our government has enforced to minimize the chances of contacting and spreading the virus.

Thus, most of us spend our time confined in our home while we patiently try to ride the virus out. 

Food has always been a source of comfort and distraction for most of Singaporean, we gather to have a feast to celebrate an event, or chomping down on comfort food hoping that it will heal our broken heart, or enjoying that fine dining cuisine just because, or snuggling up on the sofa with our favourite snack while watching the movie on our big screen tv. 

It is without doubt that we are doing more munching during this Covid19 Circuit Breaker period.  As time passes, we started to get tired of cooking the same dishes or eating the same food from the same stalls/restaurants around our neighbourhood.  We suddenly crave for new delicacies and cuisine but that famous char kuay teow just will not deliver to us because we are outside their delivery range. *dang!*

Feeling a pang of sadness, unhappiness and deprived of food, (hahaha!) we troll the web or facebook to see which restaurants or stalls in hawker centre from the other parts of town are able to deliver food to our area.  Our taste bud needs to taste something new and interesting to make us feel alive again! 

Then one day in June 2020, dear sis called me to ask if I want to have sushi for dinner, apparently she found a Japanese restaurant that serves almost every thing; from sashimi, to sushi, donburi, bento boxes and appetizers.  And they deliver to our area too! 

So, on that particular day, we eagerly ordered our food online at Sushi Delivery and waited patiently for it.  An hour later, no sign of food, I sent a whatsapp message to the phone number provided in their website, below is the screenshot of our message.  

Though it was delivered slightly later, we were expecting luke warm food or messy sushi during the delivery transit but that did not happen, our donburi was warm, the sushi and maki arrived intact, looking appetizing and appealing.

With such a positive experience with them, when we were approached to do a food review on their food, we agreed to it without hesitation.

On the day that the food was to be delivered, we were excited because we didn't place any order nor was told what has been arranged for us.  I was worried that the food will not be enough and wrote my concern to the PR company who assured me that the food will be more than enough for both of us.

It was indeed more than both of us can stomach!  We were stuffed and couldn't finish every thing!

Here are the food Sushi Delivery sent over to us.

Kani Salad @ SGD 6.90

Chuka Kurage @ SGD4.00

Kappa Maki (1 roll) @ SGD3.90

Champion Maki (8pcs) @ SGD10.90

Champion Floss Maki (8pcs) @ SGD15.90

Yam Net Sponge Roll (5pcs) @ SGD5.90

Shrimp Croton (5pcs) @ SGD4.90

Tako Yaki (5pcs) @ SGD4.90
Our Food Tasting
Since we weren't given a choice to choose our food, some of the items appealed to us and some did not.

The Kani Salad was packed with ice pack thus it was chilled when it arrived, love the generous serving of shredded crab stick and roe.

There was also a ice pack underneath the Chuka Kurage keeping it chill and fresh.  This has always been DinoBoy's favourite and he ate the larger share of it.

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, we are not fans of fried food so Shrimp Croton and Tako Yaki rank the lowest among the list.  I have never like the taste of bonito flakes and will patiently picks them out of dishes if needed.   According to DinoBoy, croton is crispy and he could taste the shrimp inside, octopus was fresh and chewy too.

However the Yam Net Sponge Roll was a winner though, the crispy on the outside with right amount filling of the not so sweet yam paste on the inside.  I don't think I sse this being served in the Japanese restaurants or sushi bars we frequently patronize so this is something new and refreshing to us.

The highlight of the meal was the maki.  We prefer Futomaki to tekkamaki so Kappa Maki did not appeal to us.

What makes a good maki?  The quality and grade of the rice used must be good.  The rice must be seasoned and cooked to perfection; not too over or under cooked, too much vinegar and it spoils the who dish.  Maki must be tightly rolled to keep the ingredients inside together, imagine picking up a piece of maki and have all the ingredients raining down from it, leaving a food trail.  That will totally spoil my appetite and mood.

With Sushi Delivery and their team of Japanese Itamae or Head Sushi Chefs, the above will never happen!

The California Maki is a common maki with avocado, crab stick, tamago, Japanese cucumber wrapped with nori seaweed, sushi rice and coated with tobiko or flying fish roe.  The only highlight of this is probably the fish roe.  It's salty taste and crunchy texture makes a whole lot of difference to the maki.

Sushi Delivery's Champion California Maki is coated with a generous layer of tobiko, every bite is a burst of happiness as we chew on the tobiko, the maki seems to be dancing in our mouth.

However, with their Champion Floss Maki, we couldn't decide whether we love it or not.  Made with teriyaki chicken, crunchy Japanese cucumber, Parmesan cheese and nori seaweed on the inside, drizzled with nacho cheese, floss and tobiko on the outside.  It definitely is a savoury dish and perhaps too much of it?  It is like an load-full of the flavours in the mouth that it confuses the taste bud.  We were frowning and making funny expressions - no joke ont that, while chewing the maki.

I tried having it with and without dipping it into the wasabi and soy sauce.  A mistake with the wasabi sauce, it just tasted weird. So I suggest leaving that out when you eat the Champion Floss Maki. 

Strange as it may be to us, we suggest you give it a try as taste can be subjective to individual, you probably love them better than we do.

Our Conclusion
Judging from the positive comments I wrote at the start of this post. you would have guessed right that we gave two thumbs up for Sushi Delivery.  We still give them two thumbs up after this food review though there were hits and misses because we totally enjoyed their food.

Using only premium shortgrain rice from Miyagi in Japan and daily air flown Ikejime processed fresh fish from Hokkaido and Tsukiji, plus food being prepared upon receiving order and under the scrutiny of the Itamae, quality of the food is guaranteed to be fresh and top notch.

Their 7 outlets strategically located all over Singapore means that food will be delivered within the one hour time slot.  

Unless unforeseen circumstances happened like our first encounter with Sushi Delivery.  The Covid19 virus was spreading fiercely and it was the start of Circuit Breaker, most of us feared to venture out of the safety of our home, thus delivery orders surged, delivery crew and companies were overwhelmed leading to delays in fulfilling orders.

Having tried their food twice, I think we qualify to vouch that Sushi Delivery is a restaurant that you can patronize when you need to satisfy the craving for sashimi or a warm bowl of donburi.  Their premium quality food at affordable prices is definitely a plus point.

If you want venture away form your usual Japanese restaurants or sushi bar for a refreshing dining experience you definitely have to go for Sushi Delivery.

Can't decide what to have for your first order?  Simply check out their Chef Recommendation, you can never go wrong with that.

Incidentally, Sushi Delivery ranks #1 in the recent Best in Singapore food review, you can read about it here.

Yupe, ready to try Sushi Delivery? Place your order over here.  They have a minimum order of SGD60 for free delivery, otherwise its a flat SGD5.90 delivery fee applies.

Remember to follow them on their instagram and facebook page to receive their latest promotion and deals.

Bon appetit~ and remember to Stay Home, Stay Safe during the Circuit Breaker period!

Disclaimer : We received food from Sushi Delivery for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our food tasting of Sushi Delivery food. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel

When I received this product from one of my favourite brand Theo10 it was fresh from the oven but due to my workload and the tragic happening in the family in April 2020 I was not able to do the review.  Today I finally cleared off all the company's year end closing and all the data migration stuffs *phew*

For those unfamiliar with Theo10, a home grown company that was established in 2013 with the sole aim to produce products that are made with 100% natural ingredients with no added preservatives and harmful paraben.  Read about my previous review on their moisturizer and eczema cream over here.

Similar to their other products Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel is made with natural ingredients and essential oil, though formulated for people with sensitive skin it is suitable for every one.

Why is Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel great for sensitive skin?  This is because it lacks one common ingredient found in most soap, shampoo, facial wash, shower gel.  The absence of foaming agent, common culprit sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), prevents the sensitive skin from getting excessive irritable.  This chemical is harsh and at the same time strip and dry the skin thus making it tender, sensitive and itchy.

In the photo below is a little experiment I did.  One pump of Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel on my wet shower puff and scrubbing on my arm shows that there isn't any foam.  I added another pump of the shower get on the same shower puff, still no cloudy foam.

Excluding this seemingly harmless foaming agent does not compromise the quality of the shower gel nor the cleanliness of your body.

Then how does the shower gel cleanse our body?

With the all natural Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Thai virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Extra virgin Olive Oil, Organic Vegetable-based glycerine and Distilled water. 

Isn't that too much oil for the body?

Well, our skin has it's own self regulating system to keep it from getting too dry by secreting oil through the sebaceous glands.  Too much oil sometimes clog the gland thus resulting in pimples, acne and oil bumps.

By introducing all natural oil to our skin we sort of "tricked" it into slowing down in oil production, preventing blocked pores and giving us glowing skin.

On top of that, these oil also helps to restore natural moisture balance on the skin, reducing inflammation in some cases too.

If you think that is all for Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel you are wrong!  The 2 essential oil added into the shower gel will make you fall in love with it totally.

Orchid essential oil is known to help reduces fine lines, rejuvenate skin thus giving you a bright and radiant complexion.

White Tea essential oil is infused with several flowers and herbs spice giving it a fresh flora and woody fragrance that uplifts your mood. 

Our Conclusion
For those of you who have been using store bought shower foam/shower gel, it will take time for you to get used to the "foamless" Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel.  

My shower time is shorter since I don't have to keep running the water over my body to wash away the lather.  Lesser usage of water may help to save my water & electricity bill too.

The entire shower area smells nice, a little bit woody spice and a little bit flowery,  and I stepped out of the shower with a faint smell of almond fragrance on my skin.  It is very mild and I have to put my nose right at my arm to be able to smell it. 

Having said that, do note that every one reacts to smell differently, don't get turned off by my sharing of my after shower experience.  You have to try it and maybe your nose picks up a different scent that you love.

We love this shower gel and will not hesitate to introduce them to friends, especially those with sensitive skin and fighting eczema.

Where to purchase
Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel is available in 400ml @ SGD22 and 1100ml @ SGD48, they can be purchased from Theo10 website over here.

Discount Code for You
Want to top up your Theo10 products or trying Theo10 products for the first time?  We heard you and Theo10 has graciously extend a 15% discount on all their products!  Quote "DINOMAMA15" upon your check out to enjoy the discount.

WAIT!!! That's not all! There is more freebies for you!  Do you not love us and Theo10?

Gift With Purchase (After discount)
Tier 1: $68 spent – Free 4x Sanitiser (30ml) Worth $24
Tier 2: $108 spent – Free 8x Sanitiser (30ml) Worth $48
Tier 3: $188 spent – Free 16x Sanitiser (30ml) Worth $96

*The above discount excludes the SPIN Bundle deals which is a donation to SPIN (Single Parents INformed, INvolved and INcluded) by HCSA.  More details below.
* All terms and condition apply

Join Theo10 to Support HCSA

The objective of this collaborative project is to raise support for Dayspring SPIN as many of them have been confined in their homes for long period due to COVID-19, the support of our products will help ease the beneficiaries in the following:

➢ Allow proper hygiene choices in their daily habits and routines
➢ Provide good hygiene resources and support
➢ Cope with the after-effects of COVID-19 and readjust to changes
➢ Continue to remain safe and healthy post-COVID-19

Help by purchasing any of the SPIN Bundle and the beneficiaries will receive the following;

SPIN Basic ($5)
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 2x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser

SPIN Special ($25)
Customer will receive: 1x130ml Theo10 REPELS
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 3x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser

SPIN Gratitude ($50)
Customer will receive: 3x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser, 1x130ml Theo10 REPELS
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 3x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser , 1x130ml Theo10 REPELS

SPIN Angel ($200)
Dayspring SPIN will receive: 50x30ml Theo10 Hand Sanitiser

Giveaway (YAY!)
I asked in my facebook page on your view on your preference in receiving discount code or giveaway, since it is a tie so you get to have BOTH!  Theo10 is sponsoring 2 bottles of Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel (400ml) for us to host this giveaway.  Hurry and enter the giveaway, 2 of you gets to win a bottle of the shower gel each.

Giveaway Details
Prize : x2 Theo10® Squeaky Shower Gel
Contest Ends : 16 July 2020 @ 2359hrs Extended till 31 July 2020 coz everyone's so focus on our GE2020 :D
Open : Singapore
How to Enter :
By doing all the required steps below.
Step 1 - Like and share DinoMama facebook
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Terms and conditions of giveaway are as follow:
- To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated.
- Prizes are non transferable nor exchange for cash.
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- Prizes will be given out by sponsor.
- Only one winner per household.
- This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Covid19, Stay Home Stay Safe - bringing wet market to your home

When Covid19 virus reached our shore and extended its fingers ferociously all over our island, our government ordered a Circuit Breaker starting from 7 April 2020 to break the chain of transmission in the community.  The citizens are advised to stay at home as much as possible, most of us started to work from home with the exception of those who works as our healthcare personnel and in the essential services business such as supermarkets, F&B, delivery etc. 

With the Covid19 escalating into a pandemic, tighter measures being dished out gradually to control the crowd in the malls, wet markets, supermarkets, food courts we find ourselves spending quite a bit of time queuing to enter these venues.   I don't know about you but I get frustrated to have to queue for even 15mins just to go into supermarket to grab some groceries and a longer time when I have to make payment for my purchases.  At least an hour and a half slipped by easily with such supermarket trips.

Later, while the number of infected cases rises slowly, the fear of contacting the virus started to creeps subconsciously causing people to make lesser trips out of the house, ordering takeaways from Foodpanda, Deliveroo or GrabFood.  For consumer it is a convenient way to order food, for F&B business who have the manpower to make online delivery or have the means to collaborate with these food delivery companies it only have great positive effects on their business.

During such trying times, it is always the small businesses, usually family business that suffered the most mainly because they rely heavily on walk in customers.  In the past, they would have suffered in silence but not now.  With tech savvy children who worry for and about their parents and their livelihood, they took to the internet to help save their family business.

One such person who acted swiftly is the 2nd generation hawker owner of an eatery stall Melvin Chew.  You can read CNA report about him and his initiative over here.  All thanks to him, a group of like minded people who become moderators/admin to help maintain the groups he set up; Hawkers United - dabao 2020, Pasar United - dabao 2020 and Delivery United, they have helped many people in so many ways.

So far I have only ordered fruits and seafood for like less than 5 times. this is because I always think that they supplier will send sub-standard (at least to me lah) food to me plus I prefer to feel and touch my food before buying them.  However, tempted by the convenience offered in the groups mentioned above, I wanted to try ordering from the platform.  I decided to order fruits which in my opinion is safer, I mean the most the fruits sent over are bruised, cut the affect area away and still can eat them.  Unlike meat and seafood, if they arrived not fresh then I have to throw them away (then complain the hell at the vendor!)

After scrolling and looking at the fruits photo, I picked Ah Sam Durian coz of the premium fruits they offered at a slightly lower price than the fruit company I patronized before.  I told Deanna, the lady in charge of taking order, that I needed to offer the fruits to God so "please try to give me fruits that are not bruised and in good shape... banana need to be ripe but not overly ripe, pineapple must have nice crown.", not a difficult request right?  I was thinking maybe they will just agree but will not take me request seriously.  Not with Ah Sam Durian, look at the photo below~ the fruits came looking fresh and with no bruising, banana looks green but it turned yellow the next day, just nice for praying.  

I got a shock when I saw these 3 HUGE coconuts in the box, the description was "small coconut" thus I was expecting those cute little palm size coconuts where the husk is opened and ready for consumption.  Seriously, I looked at these 3 and stunned... messaged Deanna asking her how to open them. She patiently told me the easy steps, assured me that I will not need to use a lot of strength to whack it open with the chopper.  True enough, the husk hard but easy to crack open, I managed to open them in under 20mins and we all had cups of chilled sweet coconut juice after that.

This is my order last week, all our favourite fruits - lychee, USA cherry, Korean strawberry and Thai logan for me, passionfruit and avocado for DinoBoy.  Look at the size of that XL Australian avocado~ It is so fat with flesh that DinoBoy felt so full after eating half of it. 

Ah Sam Durian have fruit box too, just check with them on their current affordable offer.  Alternatively, you can choose the fruits you want and send them to your family and friends.

Since this is my 2nd purchase, I felt confident with the quality of their fruits to send 2 care packages to my 2 pals.  I chose 3 types of fruits that I know they will love and true enough both were delighted to receive the package and totally enjoyed the fruits.  

Note: you have to hit SGD50 for free delivery but with their premium fruits you can easily hit the amount.  It's next day delivery if you pay for your order before 11pm.

Then on the dreadful day 29 April 2020, tragedy hit us when DinoPapa left us suddenly (no it is not Covid19 related).  Till today I still cannot believe it and misses him loads.  As with all traditional ritual, there were things that has to be done till the 49th day of his passing.  I needed a few specific things to offer to him daily and on every 7th day,  For example, I need to offer lettuce with roots to him twice a day.  You would think it is a common vegetable, easily found in supermarket and wet market.  

That was what I thought so too, till I went to hunt for it.  Yes there are lettuce BUT no roots!  Can't even find them at the neighbourhood wet market.  Of course lettuce without roots is still acceptable but if possible one with roots will be better.  Don't ask me the reason for that, I didn't ask the Taoist priest, but this is one of the Teochew custom.

By this time, tighter measures were carried out every where.  There were only one entry and one exit point even at my neighbourhood wet market, we even have to queue to go into the vegetable stall (which was blocked up with only 1 entry/exit) and queue again to make payment. Strange thing is this is the only stall that has snaking queue, the other meat, poultry and fruits stall does have.  Anyway, waste of my precious time queuing under the warm environment only to come out empty handed.

Thank goodness for Pasar United - dabao 2020, I managed to link up with a family run vegetable stall Ah Yam Vegetable and my problem is solved!  Every week I will order my lettuce with roots together with some other vegetables for our own consumption.  The 2nd generation vegetable owner Hanwei is helpful and always try to ensure that the lettuce are completely dry before packing as water trapped in between the leaves will make the vegetable turn bad faster.

Here's a photo of one of my purchase from Ah Yam Vegetable.  The cost of the vegetable may not be competitive with supermarket but their quality and freshness is definitely better than those in supermarket.  

And Ah Yam Vegetable takes pride in delivering fresh vegetables.  There was once when Hanwei delivered my order, he told me that one of the vegetable I order does not look so great so he replaced with another vegetable without checking with me.  I remembered he replaced with doumiao which we don't really fancy (hahah! yes we have vegetable that all 3 of us don't like) but I accepted it because vegetables are easy to cook, even if you are not sure how to process it and cook it, you can check it out on youtube.  Best cooking solution for green leafy vegetable is to stir fry it with garlic and dash of light soy sauce.

Of course, I am easy and flexible with my purchase but if you are concern, I am sure you can let Hanwei know your preferred replacement vegetable, he will try to give them to you if they are of the same value and if they are available.

Note : Minimum order for delivery is SGD35 SGD28 (edited on 25 May 2020, just got notified that deliver fee has lowered.) and a small delivery fee of SGD5 to SGD10 depending on location.  Free delivery for order over SGD100.  They give free vegetable for every order that hit minimum order value, so far I have noticed that it is different vegetable every week.  My packet of garlic in the photo below was the free vegetable.  Delivery is 2 days after placing order, so plan your ordering carefully incase it has to be delivered 2 days later due to over whelmed orders. 

Here we have stir fried red round spinach, okra with eggs, pickled radish and stir fried spinach
Now, for DinoPapa praying ritual and according to Teochew custom, on every 7th day from the day of his passing I have to offer 五碗头 (clueless about the English name) that consist of pork belly, chicken with head and feet intact, fresh mullet (with scale n not gutted), fried taukua and a vegetable.  My challenge?  The chicken and the fish.

I don't frequent wet market but I know for sure mullet is a rare sight, I MAY be able to find chicken with head n feet. Sensing the difficulty, I turned to Pasar United - dabao 2020 again; that one is my life saver I tell you!

I wanted a vendor who can supply all meat, poultry and fish to me but most of them does not do that.  After a couple days of searching I finally found one - Market Boy - Wet Market Home Supplier.  Like the creator of Pasar United - dabao 2020, Kenny's family runs a poultry stall in the Clementi West wet market.

Kenny started the facebook page and website in April 2020 to help his parents and neighbouring stall owners to try to gather some business during this difficult period.  When I first chatted with Kenny I told him straight that I needed those 3 things and delivery has to be on Saturday only coz I needed them on Sunday morning, he okay-ed with me. 

One of the reason that I decided to order the items with Market Boy - Wet Market Home Supplier is because of a minor mullet incident that really tested everyone's patience.  When my Taoist priest told me to prepare the items, he said them in hokkien so mullet was orh-hu which direct translation literally means black fish, so I thought its any fish that is black and that is what I told Kenny too.  NO!!! I almost made a major mistake!  I think my Taoist priest almost got a heart attack hahaha~ because I really have no idea what fish is he asking for even after he patiently described the fish.  Kenny also hasn't got any clue after I conveyed the message to him BUT he told me that he will ask the fish monger uncle.  Thank goodness the uncle understood immediately what we wanted, confirmed with a voice whatsapp message and a photo.  Sent the photo to my Taoist priest who were super happy that we finally found the damn fish.

As his facebook platform took off, adjustments were made to ease the workload of himself and his small team thus they ceased weekend delivery.  I was worried and ok I admit, I was a little bit drama queen and whiny that day just to show how "upset" I was.  Kenny immediately told me that he will make special exception for me because I needed the items for specific purpose and will deliver my order personally on Saturday. This kind gesture touched my heart greatly!

Edited to add on 25 May 2020 - I was just informed by Kenny that they still do weekend delivery but only to certain area, my area is not in these area.  So check with them on their delivery schedule ok.

Now, if a business owner does not have customer's interest in their heart, they would not bother about their request nor go the extra mile to help solve the issue with them,  This incident speaks truthfully on its own about the attitude and service level Market Boy - Wet Market Home Supplier is offering.  Don't you agree with me?

Here's photo of the fresh meat and poultry on my past purchase.  The prawns you see further down is sea prawns, cost slightly a bit more but its huge and fresh.  I took a few pieces out to stir fry it with the Australia asparagus and mushroom, they tasted sweet and crunchy.  The remaining prawns were oven baked with just sauce (no photos to share here) and they tasted equally heaven too!

Note : Free delivery available for minimum order SGD60 and above, this is easily achievable if order meat, poultry and seafood.  They just newly launched a reward system, for now every 50 Market coins earns you SGD1 discount for your next order.  If you are not able to see the items that you want from the website, drop them a note and they will try to find for you. 

Pig's tail with black bean soup, steam cod fish, stir fry asparagus with sea prawns and turmeric mid wings
And so we shared with you the trustworthy facebook groups and vendors that will help ease your grocery shopping burden.  No more worrying about making trips to supermarket only to return with half of your grocery list, or queuing to get into supermarkets.

Stay Home Stay Safe and have your groceries delivered to your doorstep from the comfort of your home!

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Lastly, I like to say this before I pen off.

Do keep in mind that the vendors I shared here are all family owned businesses, some of the contact person have full time job working from home, some works in essential business, some of them are one-man show; that means they handle every thing from taking order to delivery.

I did not do price comparison because it is not my habit to do so (in another word, I am lazy lah).  Their prices are within my acceptable range, of course I take into consideration the quality of the food they delivered and the level of service they provide to decide whether to order from them or not. 

Use your Ps and Qs (if you don't know they just mean Please and Thank You) loosely, no one will be offended if you over use these 2 words.

Have the courtesy to let them know days in advance if you need your order on specific date so that they have ample time to make arrangement.  

Be understanding and flexible to accept any hiccups gracefully and alternative delivery dates or compensation (if any). 

Remember that we are in this difficult situation together, show some compassion towards your fellow Singaporeans.  Let's stay #SGUnited and strive towards a better days for weeks to come.


Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post, I paid for all my orders with the vendors.  All opinions are 100% ours and based on our interaction and experience with each vendors.  All photos in this post unless otherwise credited, are copyrighted and belong to The DinoFamily, you may not use any of the photos for any purposes without seeking our permisison.