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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Movie Review

Bonjour!! It's been a long long while. 
Haven't been updating and yes you know why. BUSY. 
But in a good way, enjoying every last bit of university life and it kills me to think that it will end in two weeks T T Shit I need to stop thinking about this, makes me so emotional :(
Anyways!! Had a sudden urge to start writing again despite still being in the BUSY mode with assignments due in the following week. Really wanna express my thoughts for the movie I've been waiting with anticipation. 

Beauty and Beast 2017 was, is and will always be amazing. 




I shall skip the synopsis part. I suppose everyone knows the classic story. This remake retells the tale with beautiful Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast, whom has the most mesmerizing blue eyes hehe.



Expectation vs. Reality
To be very honest, I wasn't expecting this to be like WOW despite having much anticipation, coz after all, we know the story inside out. What could have made it better? But the truth is, this live version was such a joy to watch, truly engaging and it felt like the fairytale was true as it can be, like seriously. Initially, when I first watched the trailer, well part of me was shocked by the appearance of the antiques haha. No big-eyed Lumiere, no cherry lips Mrs. Potts, it just seemed, less cute. But oh well, I have certainly underestimated the power of CGI. The movements, the talking of all the servant-turned antiques was incredible. And this is the most amazing thing I find in this remake. Cogsworth hopping will be the cutest antique clock that you'll ever see haha. And Lumiere, now alot more mischievous and charming. I'm in love with a candlestick now haha. The interactions between these antiques was so adorable.



Questions Answered
The remake tells a lot more story of every character, yes including the antiques, Gaston and Lefou. Compared to the animated version, there was so much more emotions conveyed by every word they say, every action they do. Gaston went from just a terrible and self-centered man to an evil sinister in this remake. But I guess I really like how they presented the Beast's side of the story in this remake. There was so much more layers to his character in this remake. It was him who made my eyes teary throughout the movie and in this remake, his love for Belle was so much more sincere and before you know it, your heart strings have been tugged. When he said "You'll Always Have a Way to Look Back on Me" I'm already tearing up T T Evermore was an awesome song for Beast. Also, they did talked about the past of Beast and Belle. How did they end up as who they are.

But still, I wonder whats the age difference between Beast and Belle haha.



Music
The originals were still as enchanting as ever. Be Our Guest was my 2nd favorite score in this remake haha. It's just so whimsical and the visual effects complimented the fun and cheerful lyrics. My favorite is Evermore, which is a new score and like I've mentioned before, Beast really deserved this song to tell his story. Another newly added song which I like was Days in the Sun, again, another beautiful music, which expressed so much hope and feelings of the antiques.



The sets, the overall visuals
Everything was beautiful and it stayed true to the original story but the live action version was definitely more magical. Gosh I need to stop raving about the antiques haha. The ballroom dance scene was a magnificent sight. The architecture, the majestic interiors, the twinkle lights and the best part was really how Belle's dress flowed around omggggg. Just so gorgeous and dream-like.


Something that wasn't there
Well as amazing and exceeding expectations it may seem, I still wished there was a little bit more. To me, Beauty and the Beast was about looking beyond the surface and never be afraid to be who you really want to be on the inside, which is why I love Belle so much haha. But just thought this remake kind of missed the second part. It still remained as a story about a girl who fell in love with a Beast, but there wasn't much about how Belle proved herself to be a fearless young lady. After all she said "I want so much more than they've got planned". Just thought the movie could have inspired more people out there to chase their dreams. Oh well, I'm just nitpicking, it's still an awesome movie. Wouldn't mind a second time in the cinemas.

To fans of the original, if you want to experience the movie once again, in ways that will arouse so much of your emotions, you have to watch this! But I believe, you have already did haha. To those who've never seen, Beauty and the Beast 2017 will be a fun, enchanting and enjoyable movie to cheer you up and to remind you of something you always knew, Beauty Lies Within.

Still can't get over how magical the movie was and I had to count on my Beauty and Beast playlist and THIS coming video to suppress my desire to run to the cinemas now haha. Can't wait for the small-screen version so that I could relive those moments. Sharing this Oculus 360 degree video of Be Our Guest "Rehearsal Version".
This is awesome!!


eggcited, oops i was blocking Beast haha

Date of the Day! Had a wholesome Korean dinner and a great catch up!


Was strolling around City Hall and the CHIJMES is still one of my favorite places to visit. So pretty!

OOTD, was trying to dress recreate Belle's blue pinafore look.
But obviously I failed LOL

Alright time to dive back into work. 2 more weeks left and wish me luck :) 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Things to do in Tanjung Sepat

Hello readers! 
Just started my final semester of uni after a 3 weeks break back at home. Most of the time I was just slacking at home, but lucky enough was able to go out for a day trip with two highschool friends! Went all the way to Tanjung Sepat, a small sea side town in between Sepang and Banting. Can't say it's a very touristy place, but if you just want to take your eyes off the concrete jungle in KL and instead look at green plantations, kampung style houses and gloomy beaches, here's where you can go. And trust me some of the places here are totally instagrammable. :) 


Gonna share our itinerary and our experience of this small town. But before that, really into video making now after my first video for Batam, here's a video to show you things to do, food to eat and places to go in Tanjung Sepat!



We left PJ at around 9 and arrived at Tanjung Sepat at about 10.30am, went straight to our first destination. 

1. Ah Hock Seafood Bak Kut Teh 亞福海鮮肉骨茶

Thought of having the famous Bak Kut Teh for brunch but turns out we were too late to reach and the boss told us that they ran out of pork for Seafood Bak Kut Teh. First bad news of the day :( but the boss went on to recommend us a fried fish fillet dish and mix pork soup. Few moments later, one of the bosses came to us again and offered us Seafood Bak Kut Teh with Pig Tail Meat instead. Basically Seafood Bak Kut Teh is just Bak Kut Teh with plenty of prawns, sotong (squid) and fish fillet.  

To be plain honest, the Bak Kut Teh taste good but I cant tell the difference between this seafood version and the normal one LOL. Like many Klang Bak Kut Teh, it has a very strong Dang Gui taste. And I was more in love with the pig tail which is super soft haha. The pork soup is gooood, with yummy pork balls and even pig blood, feels very refreshing hehe. The fish paste is super bouncy, your teeth can just cut through, and crunch it. Love the fried fish fillet dish thanks to its strong cilantro flavor. 

Address: Lot 2260, Lorong 7, Jalan Besar,Tanjung Sepat
Opening Hours: 6AM -12.30PM
**Please go as early as possible**

Mix Pork Soup 猪杂汤, Seafood Bak Kut Teh 海鲜肉骨茶 and Fried Fish Fillet (bottom)
All recommended by boss, total damage was RM84 (incl two bowls of rice and two can drinks) 

2. Wishing Trees and Wishing Well near Lovers Bridge

The famous Lovers Bridge of Tanjung Sepat is no longer around. But the local specialty shop is still there. The wishing trees together with many displays of old school antiques like bicycles, kerosene lamps and wine barrels are still attracting many visitors. Well to be honest the displays feels abit all over the place, but oh well, it's still fun to see all these ancient stuffs.   

Address: 21, Jalan Senangin 1, Taman Tanjung, 42800 Tanjong Sepat





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The store sells many old school treats like these candies and lollipops. 

3. Rainbow Walkway and Twin Towers of Tanjung Sepat

So when we were at the Wishing Trees, a man gave us a flyer that introduces attractions in Tanjung Sepat. Turns out the man was the boss of the shop and he was recommending us to this new place and gave us directions. We followed the instructions by the boss and just a few minutes drive away, we found a place which is 70% similar to the place at the Lovers Bridge. The same twin tower of wine barrels, the same displays of antiques. Seems to me the boss is trying to move all attractions to this new place. But there's some new elements like the rainbow walkway below. Though kinda dirty, but it does make a photo prettier hehe.  And you can actually walk down to the beach (if you don't mind your shoes going dirty). 



I like how it was on low tide, feels like staring into nothing and nowhere to go. 

The twin towers connected with a bridge which you can go up to. 

Love the powdery sky. Pretty good place to take those artsy instagram photos I believe. But obviously we weren't going for artsy haha. 



4. Ganofarm Homestay's Bridge

Lovers bridge is not around and we were delighted to find out that there's a similar bridge at the back of Ganofarm Homestay. I guess we are somehow lucky and unlucky. Unlucky because the bridge that stretches out to the sea is blocked from access. However there seems to be like some construction going on right next to the bridge, lucky we were still able to go past those and step on the still-available part of the bridge. Don't miss the chance to take pretty photos to update your instagram!

Address: 700, Jalan Laut Membiru, Taman Pelangi, 42800 Tanjong Sepat

Loving the view here, again, the low tide together with the vast skies creates a very peaceful scene.




5. Hai Yew Heng Pau Store and Kopi Break at Lorong 4

After all the sun, time for some rest and we went to the tourist-filled Lorong 4 with many kopitiams, food carts and specialty stores. But the main star here is definitely the famous Hainanese pau shop, Hai Yew Heng. Turns out they don't serve ready-to-eat pau but only has the frozen version. So we picked up some to bring home. And my favorite has to be the Mui Choy pau, love the strong flavors and the pau skin was really fluffy, not like your usual pau that is often too dense and starchy! While waiting for the Pau, we had Kopi and Fishballs at the kopitiam opposite the pau store. 

Address: 405 Lorong 4, Jalan Pasar, 42800 Tanjung Sepat
Opening Hours: 1pm-6pm/ 10-6pm (PH)



Fishballs (RM5.00) here are like super bouncy. 

refreshing Kopi (RM1.50)! Not sure if they are using the famous coffee in Tanjung Sepat but it taste really good. 

Our Paus all packed. 

6. Mr. Black Homemade Pau

Sort of like a rival of Hai Yew Heng, this pau store offers more variations and it's has seats for dine-in customers. But gotta mention that the kopitiam itself was pretty much invaded by loads of flies. Really disgusted initially, but oh well, as long as they dont touch my food. 

Address: No.7, Jalan Bawal, Taman Mutiara, 42800 Tanjung Sepat
Opening Hours: 10AM-6PM

Deep Fried Yam Pau 炸芋头包, Mui Choy Pau 梅菜包(pink dot), and Rice Wine Pau 黄酒鸡包(orange dot) 
Gotta say I am very impressed with the paus! Personal favorite is the Yam Pau. I thought it would be some sweet pau like our usual Red Bean Bun but it has this savory flavor that taste awesome together with the crunchy pau. The Rice Wine Chicken is also delicious, it's abit like XiaoLongBao due to the hot gravy inside. But the gravy sinks into the fluffy pau skin and makes it so delicious!! 

Salted Fish Pan Fried Pau 咸鱼包
This one has thin crust with chewy salted fish filling inside. Initially I couldn't really take the strong smell of Salted Fish, but it gets better after a few bites.

7. Morib Beach 

By 4.00pm, we've pretty much finished exploring Tanjung Sepat town, we've decided to head to Morib Beach instead which takes around 20 minutes drive. There's quite a lot of visitors and you see people playing with roller skate, flying kites and kids driving mini cars. There's also a food court nearby where you can enjoy food or just take a coffee break. It was still low tide when we first reached, many visitors went down the beach and many walked as far as 500m i think. But around 5.30pm, the tide starts rising rapidly and you get a different view. 


Love it when it's low tide, reminds me of Gaomei Wetlands in Taiwan! 


when the tide rises, you'll see the water reflects the bright sunlight, tiny beams of light dancing around the surface of water. 

The sun was shining brightly, but there's abit of breeze, so it's not too hot afterall. We were just chilling out, staring into the sea, listening to the waves, and I almost fell asleep haha. And with that, we ended our exploration. 

Again, I really recommend this place for anyone who wants to have a break with friends but doesn't want to go too far from KL. Well I guess we moved pretty fast, but you can always take things slowly, try out more food stalls in the area and explore the many temples around, I swear you can totally temple-hop over here. Or you can go to Sepang or Banting once you're done with Tanjung Sepat. 

The #PauSquad. Thanks KaiLeong for offering to drive the total 3 hours worth of road. Thanks Miu for being the cheerful companion who made sure no moment was boring, and for taking pretty photos that I've featured int he video! To be honest, I don't think I've talked that much with them while we were still in school. Really grateful that they still keep in touch. I've always enjoyed my annual meetups with Miu to explore and also catch up with each other. Glad that we're still doing this and I can't wait for our next trip!

My 3 weeks break was over and it's time to face the last but definitely not least final semester of my university life.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Lady M @Orchard Central and The Sushi Bar @Takashimaya

Visited Orchard Road several times in the previous month to check out the Christmas Illuminations. Awesome night outs with some delicious treats with the dear friends. Here's some recent food finds to share with you guys!

1. Lady M @ Orchard Central 

Lady M is no new name to locals, this outlet at Orchard Central have always caught my eye whenever I visit Orchard Road in the past. I like how it has floor length windows which gives a view of the bustling and happening Orchard Road, while you can sit back and enjoy yummy mille crepe with your friends. Honestly, I don't shop at Orchard malls, so a place like THIS, would be perfect for a day out with friends. 




Green Tea Mille Crepe -- S$9.00
Love this version of Green Tea desert. I don't like it when the Green Tea is too strong and ends up giving a bittery taste. But this one is just nice, with the mild scent of matcha, the creme was surprisingly light and not too sweet. 

Signature Mille Crepe -- S$9.00
Love this as well! It's one of those very simple yet satisfying cream flavor, so sinful but just can't resist haha. Usually I couldn't finish half a mille crepe, but these two, we were able to sweep all without feeling sick. 

Latte -- S$6.00
Earl Grey Lavender -- S$6.00







Lady M 
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central
#01-27 & #02-07
Singapore 238896
Business hours: 11am to 10pm


2. The Sushi Bar at Ngee Ann City

At the rather quiet corner of Ngee Ann City is this Japanese restaurant where you'll see almost every table has a plate of sashimi. Gotta say this is not your usual sushi bar, forget the usual salmon nigiri or oyako don, the menu has many interesting dishes. I guess sashimi or aburi seems to be the main star, there's literally a sushi bar, with all the fresh looking sashimi cuts on display. It's abit pricey though, but not disappointing at least. 




dinner date of the day, it's been so long since we have a proper catch up. Finally, a meal without talking about work!

Scallop Mentaiyaki -- S$14.90
Mentai can never go wrong, this is so good hahahaha. Slippery and slightly chewy scallop, seasoned with the delicious and slightly burnt taste of mentai sauce. Like like like!


Aburi Salmon Don -- S$22.90
It's like a more satisfying version of aburi salmon sushi. More salmon strips and you can load a mouthful of vinegar rice into your mouth hehe. 

Dragon Roll -- S$25.90
I'm a fan of maki rolls with crunchy filling. This is tasty, with buttery avocado and mayonaisse, together with the crunchy shrimp. Nice!


The Sushi Bar 
391B Orchard Road, 
#05-34/35, Ngee Ann City, 
Singapore 238874
Business hours: 11.30am to 9.45pm 

3. Haidilao Hotpot 海底捞 at 313 @Somerset

Just a short review, finally get to try the much raved haidilao hotpot that has attracted long waiting lines. I've heard they have the best service but turns out, I feel extremely uncomfortable because of this "best service" haha, really not use to it. But gotta say the staffs are very very friendly and it really does give a better dining experience. Love the wide range of sauces, I personally love the mushroom sauce hehe. The soup were great too, personally prefer the tomato soup base over the mushroom one. Three of us spent around S$120 which includes one serving of pork belly and one serving of black pork, plus some veggies, mushrooms, fish paste, deep fried fish skin. And also, we ordered three servings of the House Made Noodles, which comes with a live noodle making show LOL. We were stuffed when we left.  




And that's my dear UTAR unimate who came to SG to visit us. 

Haidilao Hotpot
#04-23/24 313@SOMERSET,
313 ORCHARD ROAD,
Singapore 238895
Business Hours: 10.30am to 6am
For more Haidilao Outlets: http://www.haidilao.com/sg/

Okay food done, sharing some of our fun(ny) moments haha. 

At the VS store, all those pink glam and glitz that caught our eyes haha 




Checking out the Christmas Illumination :) 







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