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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Review - Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow

There are many different types of pillows in the market and sometimes I am at a lost of what to pick to best suit our sleeping needs.

What are your considerations in picking your right pillow? Here are mine.

- Pillow Filling (Natural/Chemical)
- Firmness
- Price

Over the years, I have tried various types of pillows and here's my overall experience.

Cotton Pillow - One of my first pillows in my early years. Love the softness and its breathable and washable. But as I get older, cotton pillows cannot provide the support that I needed. Filling tends to get lumpy and the pillow is not very moldable.

Down Pillow - Light, soft and comfortable but it is a little pricey and feels a little warm. Need to fluff the pillow to keep its shape.

Polyester Pillow - Cheap and lightweight. Unfortunately, the pillow usually won't last as it lumps up. Plus it also don't feel breathable and not my choice of selection.

Memory Foam Pillow - Offers support and its moldable but may feel warmer to sleep. Price range varies.

Latex Pillow - Moldable and feels breathable. It comes with a pricey tag

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Recently, I had the opportunity to try out Origin Superior Coolmax Latex Pillow. Priced at SGD129, I am curious how this pillow compared to the rest that we had tried.

Let's learn more about the product first.

1. Designed in Germany,

2. Made of natural latex with Coolmax® cooling gel. The latex foam is denser as compared to memory foam or fibre and it moulds to the shape of your head to give you better sleep support.

3. Latex is naturally durable with hypoallergenic properties that have lesser dust, bacteria or mould issues making it a hygienic choice for pillows especially for those who have allergies.

4. Unlike many pillows, it comes with a removal Tencel fabric pillow cover. Tencel is known for its natural comfort, and being softer as compared to cotton. It is hypoallergenic, lightweight and extremely ideal for hot weather climates like Singapore.



The benefits looks really good so here comes the actual touch and sleep test!

Origin Pillow packed nicely in a box

Hypoallergenic . Alleviates Pains & Aches . Designed by Orthopedics . Anti-Bacterial

Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow feels softer and yet firm on touch. Covered beautifully with a Tencel Fabric removable pillow cover that gives extra comfort and protection. I can machine washed the cover easily too.


After resting on Origin Superior Coolmax® Latex Pillow for 2 weeks, there is my experience.

1) Comfort - It is really comfortable and cooling (especially ideal during hot weather). Made of Natural Latex + Coolmax Cooling Gel, I feel more rested!

2) Support - Even though Origin Pillow is not as thick or fluffy as my other pillows, it provides very good support on my neck. I realized that my head is still on the pillow the following morning. 


Usually my head will slip from the pillow but Origin Superior Coolmax moulds the shape of my head very well and gives me the right level of sleep support. I do not feel any aches like before.

Origin Superior Coolmax VS Comfort Gel Fibre

It does comes with a higher price tag for a pillow. but come to think about it, we spend at least 6-8 hours sleeping (that is one-third of a day) and it is definitely beneficial and a good investment to get hold of a good pillow support to provide you a better night rest.

There is no one size that fits all and your perfect pillow ultimately depends on individual preference and needs.

Check out the recommendation from Best in Singapore - The Best 8 Pillows in Singapore

If you like to have a feel of the actual product first, head down to ORIGIN Showroom at Mactech Building.

Purchasing online is also hassle free - Simply visit Origin Mattress and select your product. Free delivery (Extra charge for express delivery) and you can pick your preferred time slot.



Origin Mattress

Showroom
Mactech Building 2 Kallang Pudding Road #02-04, S349307

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday, 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 12pm-4pm
Closed on Sunday

* Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Product mentioned was received for review purposes only.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Freshly Baked Shepherd's Pie Delivery - Shepherd's Pie Singapore

We LOVE Shepherd's Pies but come to think about it, we seldom have the opportunity to savour it unless it is part of the menu on a buffet line or a dish offered in gatherings. Hence, am delighted to know that there are freshly baked shepherd pies that can be delivered to our doorstep whenever we have craving for one. 

Shepherd's Pie Singapore aims to get their baked pies delivered hot from the kitchen. They use premium fresh meat and their meat pies pairs nicely with home-made gravy sauce and hand-whipped creamy mash potato. 

Apart from their signature Shepherd's Pies, Lasagna, Mac 'n' Cheese, Pasta and Pizzas are also offered giving customers more choices to suit individual's preference to complete their meal.

We decided to try some of their mains. Delivery came in pretty on time and our orders are received warm.


What did we ordered?

Signature Beef with Brown Sauce Shepherd’s Pie

Nonna’s Authentic American Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bacon (Real Cheese)

Sienna’s Traditional Lasagna (Triplo Cheese)



This is truly comfort food good to share among our family. Each spoonful is filled with goodness! Stuffed with lots of minced beef and topped with hand-whipped mash potatoes with fresh dairy and cheese.  

Comes in mainly 2 different sizes (Medium - 400g : good for 2-3 person and Massive - 800g : good for 4-5 person) but customized sizes are available as well. Shepherd's Pie is a great dish to share particularly fit for parties.




I love macaroni with cheese particularly so if it comes together with salty crunch of bacon! Would have been perfect if it is creamier. Felt that the macaroni were a bit too dry and a little harder in texture to taste. Still it is pretty cheesy and a lovely choice for children.



Surprise Surprise! Sienna's Traditional Lasagna turns out to be our family's favourite pick! Packed with Mozarella, Cheddar and Ricotta cheese within the hand-rolled lasana sheets and tangy tomato paste. I should have ordered a bigger portion seeing how quickly the plate was cleaned.

Comes in various sizes - from personal tray to family tray fit for 4 to 6



If you are planning for a party or need customized orders, let them know 3 days in advance. Delivery is island wide and FREE for orders above $70 and $7.50 for under $70. 

Are you also a shepherd's pie lover? Check out the 5 Best Pie Delivery in Singapore  recommended by Best in Singapore


To find out more about the latest amazing deals, best food delivery or top things to do in Singapore, check out Best in Singapore post for more insights.

Shepherd Pie Singapore

Best in Singapore

* Disclosure: This is a collaboration with Best in Singapore and Shepherd Pie Singapore. Food Styling Photos are credited to Owari Photography. Food received are complimentary. All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Touring Singapore's Last Kampung - Kampung Lorong Buangkok

Last weekend, our family took on a guided tour by Let's Go Tour Singapore - to visit Singapore's last surviving kampung on the mainland - Kampung Lorong Buangkok

The leading, award-winning Best Tour Experience tour agency has launched exciting, educational, immersive and experiential walking tours to encourage locals to rediscover Singapore and explore our local art, nature, architecture, culture and heritage and more. We are delighted to hop onto one of its newest local Edu-Tainment Story-Telling Walking Tours - {A Long Long Time Ago: Villages to High Rises} 

Hubby is the only one in the family who grew up as a Kampung kid. Hence, it is a lovely trip down the memory lane for him and eye opening experiences for myself and our kiddos who are HDB dwellers. 

Initially I was worried that my older teens will not be engaged with the tour but my worries were unfold shortly after meeting up with our friendly guide, Yap. Apart from taking us on a story-telling journey of Kampung Lorong Buangkok for the next 2 hours, Yap is always engaging and smiley as he enthusiastically shares the fun facts of the kampung, his insights and knowledge, relating back to the learning our teens have picked up in the Primary and Secondary school textbook contents.  

So what have we learnt about Singapore's Last Kampung?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

ChikSoo Korean Kitchen - Eat All You Can Korean BBQ and Stew Buffet [SG]

We usually celebrate birthdays by having family meals together and last week, I had a treat at Chiksoo Korean Kitchen (recommended by a close friend who probably knew we love Korean BBQ buffet). 

Located in Oasis Terraces in Punggol, it is really convenient for us being near to our home. I have been craving for sizzling hot Korean BBQ for awhile as one of my favourite BBQ restaurant in Punggol Waterway has closed it doors. This came just in time for us to try out!


The space of the restaurant is not big, but it is cozy and comfortable. It is indeed a delighted find and the price is really attractive!

Monday, September 7, 2020

[SG] Chic-A-Boo - Delicious Fried Chicken by Astons

We have always been loyal supporters for KFC for their fried chicken despite there are other competitive outlets. Just a couple of days, we finally found another chicken specialty store that taste as good or if not better than our all time favourite. 

Chic-A-Boo is actually a chain of restaurants by Astons offering fresh and tender chickens, set meals, burgers, bites and sides at affordable value bundle price. Currently, they have 5 outlets located at Marina Square, City Square Mall, Singpost Centre, Sembawang Shopping Centre and Viva Business Park.

I love the variety on the menu which has the option of set meals and ala carte. More side dishes variety to go with our set and more beverage choices. Plus, there are specials like Pot Pie, Baked Rice/Pasta and small bites if we like to have more add-ons or try other dishes if we like to give fried chicken a miss.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Fruits Delivery Singapore - Review

Time flies... we are into the third quarter of 2020 - a year where the world is plague with Covid-19. While the search and development for the vaccine is still ongoing, we are trying to keep ourselves healthy and well. Staying home more and having healthier meals. 

Honestly, prior to the pandemic, we seldom have fruits in the house. Now, we are more mindful to include them while do our marketing. We are also not experts when it comes to picking fruits - solely based on how they look visually and hope that we are lucky to get the sweeter ones. Hence, I appreciate how fruit delivery service helps in saving us time and more assurance that the fruits are fresh and good.

Best in Singapore has shared the 10 Best Fruits Delivery in Singapore and we are invited to review Fruit Delivery Singapore 

Fruits Delivery Singapore has over 80 varieties of fruits and they aim to bring the best fruits to their customers. Ensuring that the fruits are fresh from the farm, so that customers receive them in the best condition to enjoy its flavour to the fullest.


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Healthy Açaí Bowls by The Acai Lab - Review

From Circuit Breaker and now 2 months into Phase 2, we have been staying home most of the time. Spending more time online to get the latest news updates, happenings & trend and shopping. 

Best in Singapore thus also become another rising platform for us to check out the top deals, promotions and services in the areas of lifestyle, food & beverages and technology in Singapore. 

Recently, Best in Singapore shared the Best 7 Acai Bowl delivery in Singapore and we are again delighted to review The Acai Lab which is among the top in the list. 

What is Acai?

Did a bit of research online and learn that açaí are drupes (grapes look alike) - commonly known as açaí berries. The dark purple berries are grown on açaí palm trees in the rainforests of Central and South America and is said to be loaded with antioxidants that help to build the immune system. As they have short shelf life, açaí berries are often made into purées, smoothies, juices. 

Since these power berries (pronounced as "Ah-Sai-Ee") are imported from distant countries, the price of açaí berries are more expensive.

The Acai Lab source their açaí from the Amazon Rainforest. Their açaí bowls are organic, gluten-free, vegan, keto-friendly and preservative-free. 

The signature PurpleBlend Acai base comprises of mostly fresh açaí berry puree complemented with other purple superfood. Almond milk and bananas are also added to give it a creamy, light and fresh base.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Home Improvement - Gong100 Mold Removal Gel Review

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post.

Due to work, I did not have time to maintain our home. Particularly more challenging being the main person to clean and organize the space. 

Circuit Breaker and Phase 1 has allowed me to spend a little more time at home and I noticed unsightly mold growing at the shower screen seal strip. Have tried many cleaning agents but the stubborn stain did not come off. 

Have spotted the advert on Facebook for Gong100 Mold Removal Gel which has received very good reviews and decided to get one to try. One tube cost about SGD12 and I figured it is worth the risk.


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Pizza Delivery Singapore - Review

We are more than a month into Phase 2 since Covid-19 outbreak has happened. A lot has changed ever since and this change may be a new norm and lifestyle that we have to adopt in times ahead. One of the most significant change for our family is our dining habits. We have reduced the frequency of dining out a lot and turned to having more home cooked meals, packet food or food deliveries.

Recently, Best in Singapore has shared with readers the Best Pizza Deliveries in Singapore and we are delighted to have the opportunity to review Pizza Delivery which is in the top 10.

This is the first time we tried Pizza Delivery Singapore and so it's good to read about their handcrafted pizzas. Ingredients are freshly prepared daily and pizzas are made on demand with each order and fired up in a custom-made Italian Stone Oven replica. Pizza sauce is an essential component to elevate the flavour of the pizzas and Pizza Delivery created their own secret tomato sauce and simmer it for 8 hours each day to give a rich, concentrated and deep flavour. Premium imported southern Italian cheese are used and pizza dough are handmade in batches and fermented for 72 hours to bring out its optimum flavour.

The process is really delicate and tedious so we can't wait to give it a try!

Pizza Delivery's Pizzas comes in 3 different sizes.
Small - 6' inches (4 Slices)
Medium - 9' inches (6 Slices)
Large - 12' inches (8 Slices)

Navigating through the web page is an ease as we 'shop' for our dinner.

Buy 1 Free 1 (Medium or Large Pizzas)

There are 10 assorted pizzas, 8 pastas and 6 side dishes for selection. For a limited period, there is a Buy 1 Free 1 promotion for medium or large pizzas!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Malaysia Travel Guide - 2 Weeks Itinerary Family Trip

Where will you go if you have 2 weeks vacation break? I guess it will be countries further away from your homeland. Hence, many eyebrows were raised when we decided to go on a leisure family trip to Malaysia late last year. It does not matter where the location is as who you travel with matters most.

We are avid travelers to Johor Bahru, but it has been ages since our last travel to the other states. There were many to consider in planning our trip but we streamlined to the main ones.

- Location & Travel Route
- Accommodation
- Mode of Transport
- Budget

Location

There are many fun places to venture in Malaysia. To start off, we decided to pick the places of interest we would like to go suiting to our family preference. A mix of city, heritage and nature experience, not forgetting what we enjoy most - food hunt!

Our planned destinations include Kuala Lumpur, Sekinchan, Genting Highlands, Ipoh and Johor Bahru

Getting Around

There are a few options available.
Hubby is not able to drive for long hours and it tires him out. Hence, we decided to take a mix of the various mode of transport available for our trip. Bus Coach from Singapore to KL, Grab car/MRT to travel around locally, Private Car Hire from Genting to Ipoh, Train from Ipoh back to KL and Bus Coach from KL back to Singapore. Thankfully, Malaysia has a good public transport infrastructure and hence traveling to our destinations is not too much of a hassle.

Itinerary

Here is a quick look of our itinerary. It seems there are some back and forth to and fro KL cos that is our central point to travel between Sekinchan, Genting and Ipoh. Especially so since we are not driving.

Day 1 (Singapore - Kuala Lumpur)

Bus Coach (SG to KL) - RedDrip Baking Café - Batu Caves - Homestay (The Robertson) - Berjaya Times Square



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 15 - Taipei (台北) | Shin Yeh Japanese Restaurant (欣叶日本料理)

15 December 2018

Our final night in Taiwan after more than 2 weeks! I really enjoyed this trip and it is by far the most memorable one to date! To mark a sweet ending to our family trip, we decided to splurge a little and have a good family meal together.

Near the hotel that we are residing in is a popular Japanese restaurant - Shin Yeh Japanese Restaurant which has garnered many good reviews. We happened to chance upon it on our first night in Taipei. After enquiry, we were shocked to learn that reservation needs to be done in advance and the restaurant is usually fully booked! Thanks to lady luck on our side, we managed to secure a table on our final night in Taipei.


Located on the 6th floor, the atmosphere and ambiance of the restaurant is both elegant and cozy. We were led to our table and wasted no time to check out what's on the buffet line!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 14 - Taipei (台北) | Cycling in Tamsui (淡水)

14 December 2018

After spending our morning exploring Beitou, we took the train to Tamsui. Tamsui (淡水) is located at the northern part of Taiwan and a beautiful spot for viewing sunset. Easily accessible via MRT (Red Line) to reach the north coast from the city central. There are many things you can do here which makes it a popular spot for tourists.


3pm: We have been to Tamsui a couple of times and this time, and this time we decided to do something different - Biking. Found a Bicycle rental shop that is not too far away away from the train station and the rental rates are reasonable too. We spent NT500 for the rental of 4 bicycles.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 14 - Taipei (台北) | Beitou (北投) | Beitou Thermal Valley (地热谷) | Quanyuan Park Foot Bath (泉源公园温泉泡脚池园区)

14 December 2018

We planned to start our day for a half day trip to Beitou (北投) in Taipei. Surrounded by mountain ranges and beautiful natural landscape, Beitou is famous for its hot springs and a paradise for joyous living with steaming hot baths.

There are 4 things you must do at Beitou - Scenic Viewing, Enjoy the Good Food, Visit Historic Sites and go on a Hot Spring.


Traveling to Beitou is an ease as it is connected via the city's metro line. Take the MRT Red (Tamsui-Xiangshan) line towards Tamsui and alight at Beitou MRT station (R22). From Beitou station, transfer the pink line to Xinbeitou Station (R22a) which is only one station away where the hot springs area lies.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Stay Home Cooking Ideas - Home Cooked Meals for Family #1

I only started picking up cooking randomly about a year ago and only know how to make a few simple basic dishes - like fry an egg or heat up a can of sardines etc. Hence when Covid-19 strikes, and we are staying home, I realised I have to cook almost every day for my family.

To make things more challenging, I need to plan what to get from the supermarket for the week to reduce our trips. I started taking photos of the ingredients I needed to prepare a meal and also keep track of cost.

I try to keep to very basic ingredients - so for the first week, it is mainly cabbage, potatoes, chicken, carrots, canned food and eggs. Managed to come up with some different variations and keep our tummies full.

#1 - Stir fry Cabbage, Chicken Stew

Friday, March 20, 2020

Sushi Delivery Singapore - Delivering Sushi right to your Doorstep

We are a big fan of Japanese cuisine particularly sushi, sashimi and salmon! At times we have the craving but were too lazy to head out to the restaurant. With the recent coronavirus outbreak in the community, we prefer to have meals at home instead of dining out.

Hence, we really appreciate to have our comfort food delivered fresh right to our doorstep. 


Sushi Delivery Singapore is newly launched in early 2020 and it offers Sashimi & Sushi, Bento & Bowls, Appetizers & Sides as well as Party Sets.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Kuala Lumpur Family Travel - Batu Caves

We have made our climb up to many Chinese temples.. but to a Hindu temple, this is our first! During our family trip to Kuala Lumpur last December, we visited BATU CAVES - a  400 million years old limestone hill which is located about 13km north of KL which attracted many worshippers and tourists.

Batu Caves comprises of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The main attraction is the Temple Cave (Cathedral Cave) where you need to make a steep climb up to reach. At the base of the hill are tow cave temples - Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave. At the extreme left end is Ramayana Cave where another tall green statue - Hindu God Hanuman stood.

For first timers visiting Batu Caves, do scroll down to the end of the post on what you need to take note prior to visiting! 


Sunday, March 8, 2020

DIY Baking & Brunch Cafe @ RedDrip Baking Cafe [Kuala Lumpur]

Back in 2016, we brought our children to Love Fun Baking House (in Johor Bahru) to experience our first family DIY baking. There we met Angie (founder of the baking house) and her lovely staff. They were really friendly and from then on, from acquaintance, to frequent customer, we became friends. Every time when we travel to JB, we will pop by the baking house for baking sessions or simply to chat.

With the success of Love Fun Baking House, Angie has ventured her business into Kuala Lumpur and since then we have not met her for a long time! During our trip to KL last December, one of our main objective is to visit her and her new shop - RedDrip Baking Cafe


Located in Uptown Damansara in KL, this is not only a cafe offering delicious breakfast and brunch, but one that also allows you to make your own dessert/cakes! Check out the menu here - https://www.facebook.com/pg/RedDripUptownDamansara/menu/

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 14 - Taipei (台北) | Raohe Night Market (饶河街观光夜市)

14 December 2018

Raohe Night Market (饶河街观光夜市) - is one of the oldest and also popular night market in Taipei. Located right outside Songshan Station (Green Line), Exit 5, it is easily accessible via MRT. 


There is usually a crowd at Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮) which is at the eastern end of the market where you will find the famous Black Pepper Bun right at the entrance. November and December months in Taipei tends to be rainy and it was again another wet, drizzling night at the open air night market. Thankfully, that did not dampen our mood to check out what's installed within.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 13 - Taipei (台北) | Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂)

13 December 2018

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall (國立中正紀念堂) is a famous tourist attraction in Taipei. Located in the Zhongzheng District, the national monument is erected in memory and honour of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, former President of the Republic of China.

After our morning walk at Wulai, we decided to make an impromptu trip to C.K.S Memorial Hall before going for our climb at Elephant Mountain later that evening.



How to get here?

Take MRT (Red or Green line) to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station. Take Exit 5 and C.K.S Memorial Hall is next to the exit.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 13 - Taipei (台北) | Day Trip to Wulai (乌来半日游)

13 December 2018

Wulai (烏來) is located at the southern suburbs of Taipei where the settlement of the Atayal Aboriginal people (泰雅族) resides. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, the area is scenic and it is a lovely place to spend a day or half day trip.

According to legend, warriors of the Atayal tribe came to Wulai two to three hundreds years ago to hunt. They found white smoke rising from the river and shouted "Wulai" which means 'smoky hot water' in Atayal and this is how the place got its name.

Hence, one of the main attraction is to experience the hot spring!


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Usher into the Lunar New Year with Pink Fish's "Pink of Health" Yu Sheng


We are ushering into the Lunar New Year in a couple of days. Pink Fish has launched their catch of the month - "Pink of Health" Yu Sheng made specially for the joyous occasion.

The star highlight of this plate is the abundance of fresh salmon cubes from Norway's Ice-cold Fjords, paired with golden salted egg fish crisps, orange peels, pickles, crackers, ginger slices, grated radish, carrots, garnished with sesame seeds and accompanied with plum sauce for a refreshing touch.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

#FutureTogether Art Installations @ Gardens by the Bay



A beautiful start for Year 2020 as Gardens by the Bay presents #futuretogether - an immersive art exhibition featuring seven exhibits of digital art installations. Organised in support of the Singapore Bicentennial commemoration, it is jointly presented by Gardens by the Bay and GIC, with art by Japan's renowned teamLab.

The seven exhibits are span across both indoor and outdoor spaces of Bayfront Plaza which encompass three themes - Aspirations, Connectivity and Possibilities - that relate to how Singaporeans look forward to the futures as the bicentennial year comes to a close.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Taiwan Trip Day 13 - Taipei (台北) | Elephant Mountain (象山)

13 December 2018

It was a rainy afternoon and our plans was to climb the Elephant Mountain (象山), well known for its panoramic spectacular view of Taipei and Taipei 101 from the top. We were a little hesitant if we should continue with our plans knowing the stairs will be slippery and we may not have a good view of Taipei 101 due to the rainy weather. Nevertheless, we decided to brave through the rain and take on the climb up.

From Xiangshan MRT Station, it is about 20 minutes walk to Elephant Mountain. Simply follow the direction signs and it will guide you to the foot of the trail.