Thursday, October 15, 2020

I miss you to the moon and back

They said "time will heal you", "You will feel better as time passes", "The missing and pain will fade and you will forget about it", then why am I still feeling miserable and hurtful after 6 months?

Time don't heal.  It never does and never will.

It is our brain that takes care of that. Our brain helps us to managed the pain that we are going through and heal us by making us forget little by little every day about the things that makes us sad.

But, how do I forget some one whom I have spent decades together?

How do I forget him when he died in my arms?

Every night, sleep is a struggle. When I enter the bed room sometimes it reminded me of that dreadful night; I was giving DinoPapa CPR and trying all my might to make his heart start pumping again while on the phone with 995, cursing at the ambulance for not being there.  The frightening 10mins that seems like a life time.  

How do I forget the night where I knew he was long gone the minute I stepped away to make way for the medics.

I should have stayed with him when I went in earlier to check on him, maybe I would have caught signs of the heart attack sooner.  Had I call 995 earlier, maybe the medics will arrive a few minutes earlier and be able to save him.  I didn't go for the CPR refresher course that I thought I should, maybe I did not perform CPR correctly.  So many thoughts ran through my mind and I went down the guilt road.  

Staying near a hospital means it's a norm to hear the ambulance siren almost daily, sometimes a few times a day, I used to hate it but tolerate it.  Now, I am so afraid of it because every time an ambulance dashes by blasting its siren I am being brought back to that night instantly and flash of scenes that happened in the hospital came rushing towards me again.

How can I forget the peaceful look he had, laying on that bed, waiting for us to say our last goodbye to him before being sent to the mortuary.  I wanted to wake him from his sweet slumber to go home with me but instead, I gave him a kiss on his cold forehead and said silently to him "You are free of pain and sufferings, go and enjoy the kind of life that you have always yearned for."

The truth is days before that he has already made up his mind to leave this world.  We were having a small birthday celebration for him with the usual homecooked dinner, a small cake and loads of photo taking.  Being visually impaired, DinoPapa rarely was able to look into the camera so most of the photos were of him looking either too far right or left.  That night, not only did he look straight into the camera but he looked at me right in the eye, with a smile.  

I didn't think much about it nor was I able to talk to him because after that he developed fever and was sleeping most of the time.

Looking at the photo days after I broke down and cry.  His eyes were glistering, his smile was warm,  his expression was telling me that he is leaving and assured me that we will be ok.  He is saying his last goodbyes to me and I did not catch it on that day.

How can I forget all that?

The funeral preparation was a breeze thanks to my extended family who are in this business.  Everything was well taken care of without asking me much for opinion and choices.  My siblings and cousin were great help too, coming down to the wake daily even though it was during the Covid19 Circuit Breaker period, helping out with the necessary stuffs and attending to family and friends who came to pay a visit at the funeral.

Days into the wake was a mixture of calmness, peace, lost and acceptance.  Seeing him laying in the coffin I did not cry hysterically as I expected, instead I talked to him, telling him to go in peace and we will be okay.  I didn't shed tears when he was being sent off to be cremated, I wasn't allowed to go because traditionally spouse are not supposed to send off deceased spouse.  In my heart, I felt relieved, that he is finally on his way to a better place, everything will be ok from then.

Little did I know that the worse has yet to come. 

In days following the funeral, things were back to normal with the usual daily routine of schooling for the boy and work for me.  Due to the Covid19 pandemic, I was partially working from home.  On days that I came home from work I would find myself looking towards the dining table the minute I opened the door, expecting him to be there watching videos on the iPad, but all I see is an empty wheelchair.  Some days something would come up and I would eagerly wanted to share with him, only to realized that I will never get a response.  My heart instantly felt a pang of pain and tears will well up in my eyes.

I was devastated, my pillar of support is gone and I don't know what to do.  It got so bad that many a times when I am alone I allowed myself to carry on conversations out loud with him as if he is just right there sitting next to me.  It wasn't healthy but I needed to do something, I need to come to terms that he is no longer with me.

I needed to mourn for him.

Sadly, no one is interested in other people's life, they don't care about your needs or your emotion and mental state of mind, all they want to know is that you have performed your daily commitments and responsibilities.  They probably think that I would have mourned and bid farewell to DinoPapa during that few days at the funeral so everything should be alright. 

They were wrong.  The reality of losing a loved ones will hit you AFTER you have laid them to rest.

The last time I mourned for Mum's passing, I dumped my sorrow on my friends. I was angry and vengeful with Mum and with myself, it was too much for them to handle and for their own's sanity they left me.  I definitely don't want history to repeat itself.  

I wish I could do like the scenes in movies, leave every thing and go to a faraway island, sit by the beach facing the sun and the sea, thinking about him, about the good and bad times we shared, the short life we spent together, every day till the day I die.  This is not happening, ever.

Instead, I went off to deal with it alone, in the deep dark silent nights.

But, some goodbyes are so hard to say and to let go. 

With each crying episodes, I miss him even more, I wanted him to come back, I needed him to be with me again.  How do you get over the fact that he was abruptly snatched away from me when we planned to grow old together?  I didn't want to say my goodbye to him.

Most nights I just stay up till I am too tired to think, that way I can just go into the room, lay on the bed and sleep instantly for that few hours. Some nights, I'll sit on the bed and let the tears flow down my face. I have lost count of the number of times I curled up on the bed and cried myself to sleep. Sleep is no longer a luxury for me.

I cried so much and so hard that I have started to think I will never be happy again.  Once, I told a friend that he should leave all the crying to me and live a fulfilling life.  I mean, I am already at the bottom of the pit, why should anyone be there with me?  It is a dark and lonely place, I do not wish any of my friends to be there.  If I can't be happy, then let me take all of their sorrow so that they can be worry free and be happy ever after.

Grieving is about the above but much more, it is about the words and things that I should have said and done for him, it is also about regrets and resentments I had for him.

It was another trip down the guilt road every time I think about the angry exchange or words we had or the care less attitude I showed him when he told me that he is not feeling well or the irked face I gave him when he asked me to help him to do yet another thing.  Being so caught up with stress and worrying about every thing I have forgotten that he is unwell and greatly dependent on us to help him get through his daily routines.  I can never forgive myself for being a selfish wife.

And so into the deep dark silent night I ventured, to face myself and torture that evil self for all the wrong things that I have done to him.

My buddies were wonderful.  Every time I posted something about DinoPapa, they are the first one to message me with encouraging words, sometimes even a simple word "Hugs" comforts me.  Recently, one of them reminded me that it is ok to grief.

It is a timely reminder for me because all the sadness I feel was starting to make me feel depressed.  I didn't want to be caught in a vicious cycle of constantly in pain, sense of loss, emptiness and bitterness.  I didn't want to keep yearning from him.  I came to realize that there is no measure of time when it comes to grieving.  

Grief will never ends because my love for DinoPapa did not end after his passing, I will always be incomplete as my other half is at the other side of the world but he will stay forever in my heart.

I will still have sleepless nights, I will still cry myself to sleep, I will still feel sad and miserable because I am entitled to do so. 

To my dearest DinoPapa, I miss you to the moon and back.  Thank you for coming into my life, till we meet again some day, I will be seeing you in my dreams.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Cake Delivery SG - Gourmet Cakes, Handmade with Love

Every one loves cakes.  They used to be luxury food where one can only get to taste it on birthdays.

Modern cakes have evolved from a simple round shaped butter cake with buttercream icing to more elaborated decorative cakes of many flavours to suit individual's unique taste.

Let us introduce you to another bakery that bakes gourmet cakes with award winning recipes that you can not find in another bakery.

Our Food Tasting

We love cheesecakes but didn't really like most that are being sold in the market because they are either overly cheesy, too dense, taste weird or cost an arm and leg for a tiny slice.  And this Mama is too lazy to make no bake cheesecake which DinoPapa and DinoBoy love.

When I told DinoBoy that I have a chance to review cakes from Cake Delivery Singapore, he immediately exclaimed "Cheesecake please Mum!"

Thus we received this Premium Biscoff Cheesecake at our doorstep within the one hour delivery slot that we have selected.

Eager to taste the cake we immediately open up the box to reveal the cheesecake.  It does not look enticing, look kinda messy because the cookie crumbs had fallen off the top and onto the side, however the aromatic smell of the caramelized spice stirred our taste buds.

I had a hard time trying to cut up the cheesecake, it was frozen/chilled solid that I could stick the plastic knife in but couldn't slice it.  A little bit of force resulted in a broken plastic knife.  OMG! Does this mean we can't have our cake NAO???  Not gonna admit defeat, I whipped out my kitchen knife and I won!  HA!

Savouring my victory prize was utmost satisfying.  A burst of flavour in each mouthful - richness from the cream cheese, spice and caramalized cookie crumbs, sweetness from the base.  

With so much crunch on and inside the cheesecake I was glad that the base was a thin crunchy layer that held up the cake well.  

I enjoyed my slice of the Premium Biscoff cheesecake and finished it within a short time.  I didn't feel stuffed or YUK which I get with cheesecakes from other bakery.  

This Premium Biscoff cheesecake is not as sweet as you imagined because of the overloaded biscoff cookies used in this recipe.  I don't have a sweet tooth and I find the sweetness was balanced off by the cream cheese.  Plus it goes well with my cup of 3-in-1 kopi-O.

If you want to try a different kind of cheesecake, give this Premium Biscoff Cheesecake a go~

Our Conclusion

Cake lovers will be spoilt for choice when they are at Cake Delivery Singapore website.

We love the Premium Biscoff Cheesecake, I heard from Mama Sue that their Signature Burnt Cheesecake taste good too; read her review here, so I reckon their cakes should be good too.

The cakes were baked daily upon receiving orders to ensure freshness of the ingredients and top notch quality cakes will be delivered to your doorstep.

Cake Delivery Singapore bring their service up a notch by offering After Hours Delivery (Any time slot from 10 pm to 6 am) with delivery fee of SGD25 per order.

They passed the one hour slot delivery from us, so I should think their After Hours Delivery should be good since they claimed to have their own fleet of transport.

So surprise that special person in your life by sending him or her a cake on special occasion any day any time, even at 3am in the morning!

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

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
Step 2 - Like and share Theo10 facebook
Step 3 - Like and share our giveaway post
Step 4 - Tag at least 3 friends in your shared giveaway post
Step 5 - Tag us in your shared giveaway post

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.
- Winners will be picked based on fulfillment of all giveaway criteria s
- Please ensure that your shared post is set to PUBLIC, if I did not LIKE your shared post means it is not set to PUBLIC, thus you will lose your chance to join the giveaway.
- Winners will be notified via email, please ensure you have provided a valid email.
- Winners will have 24 hours to respond by replying to our notification otherwise, a new winner will be picked.
- 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.

Disclaimer : We received Theo10® products for the purpose of reviewing and this post. No other compensation was received. All opinions are based on our usage and experience with the products. All photos in this post belongs to The DinoFamily, you may not use them without asking for our permission.