360Xperience (Part I)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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Side-note: Criteria for the contest has been changed! You NO longer have to possess an existing blogger account to take part in the contest, but do remember to include your email address in the comment or I wouldn't be able to contact you if you are one of the lucky 20 winners!!


Do YOU like DISCOUNTS??

Well actually, EVERYBODY loves discounts!!!!

Introducing to you, the 360Xperience Privilege Card!!!

360Xperience was established with the aim of bringing more surprises to everyone's life as they strongly believed that 'Life is full of Surprises'.

They explore every corner of our little red dot just to find the best savings & discounts for their members.


And of course, they will experience it first to ensure that it is indeed deemed to be good enough to be shared with their members!

The 360Xperience Privilege Card is the main product of the company. It is a discount card program that allows its members to enjoy great saving and discounts up to 80% from their brand partners, with just that ONE card.

The focus of their program is on 4 categories:


Holistic Wellness - Spa, Fitness & Beauty
Gourmet Indulgence - Food, Beverages & Cakes
Retail Therapy - Shopping
Fascinating Lifestyle - Travel & Lifestyle Related


Today, I will be sharing with you about my experience using the 360Xperience Privilege!

As you all know.. I LOVE FOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!


Give me good food, and you'll make me a happy happy girl!

So, I chose to explore the benefits that I could reap with the 360Xperience Privilege Card from the category "Gourmet Indulgence"!!

At the moment they have up to 11 F&B venues for you to choose from, and I believe that they are still in the midst of collaborating with more eateries to provide you with more food choices!


Out of the 11, I chose 2 of them!

The first would be..


Cali Cafe & Bar
31 Rochester Drive, #01-02

(Located in Park Avenue Hotel)
Singapore 138637
Tel: 6684 9897

Quoted from Cali Cafe's webpage,
Known only to quite a few people, the remarkable Cali Cafe is located in one the most iconic locations of Singapore around the Rochester Park area nestled within the Park Avenue Hotel.

It is a complete experience for those looking for a perfect California style cafe as we find pride in serving you the most popular food choices of California including Baby Back Ribs and Steaks with Fries.

An engineering graduate by profession and a cafe owner by hobby, the founder of this cafe were so mesmerized by the Californian delicacies that his love for them made him bring them all from the very home of Universal Studios in The United States to the country of Singapore.

Embraced with soft peppy music and books, this lifestyle cafe is a perfect place to stop your car and scoff the best pastries, desserts, cakes and coffee in town. Not known to many, right inside the cafe is a small yet unforgetful dessert cafe that serves you all signature ice creams of Ben & Jerry’s & New Zealand Natural Ice cream complimented with Belgian Waffles.

We at Cali Cafe believe in the motto of “where Lifestyle comes together” and therefore leave no stone unturned to provide you a healthy yet relishing food experience with friends and family as all the food products that we serve consist of health seasonal items for the best of your health.



Rod is spoilt with choices!!

Do remember to bring the voucher and both Privilege Cards along!

Blackcurrant Fizz. Tasty and cooling!

Tropical Twist

Juicy watermelon, mango and strawberries are blended together to refresh and cool any palate.

Savour every drop and let yourself be carried away into sweet bliss. *slurrrrrppppp*

Wild Mushroom Soup

This is superb!!

The layer of oil atop is truffle oil. It's good stuff! I got a shock when I first saw it and requested if I could have the oil removed haha! The chef was like "No no! This is truffle oil! Good stuff!!" (Heh.. So malu!)

It looks rather disgusting and oily at first glance, but drink your first mouthful and you will fall in love with it! The truffle oil brings out the mushroom flavor even more, and it surprisingly does not taste oily at all (for real!), not at all like when you're eating a pot of oily chicken curry. I don't know why and I certainly do not mind anyone explaining why to me if you do know the reason!

Oh and, unlike most restaurants that served you mushroom soup that has been cooked early in the morning or even a few days ago, this is cooked upon ordering! *thumbs up*

Hohoho! Calamari Rings

Rod claims that this is the best calamari rings that he has ever eaten! The 2 sauces are respectively mashed tomato and tartar sauce!

My Pan Seared Salmon

A 6oz salmon fillet pan seared, topped with mushroom sauce and served with potato puree and seasonal vegetables.

3 words to describe: Moist, Crispy, Tender

Best pan seared salmon ever. Super tempted to hire the chef to cook the food for my wedding lunch. Can I do that please? Lol!

Le Bf's Glazed BBQ Baby Back Ribs

14 ounces of juicy baby back ribs rubbed, basted and cooked to perfection with BBQ sauce. Served with garden salad, fries and pineapple chutney sauce.

Incredibly generous portion. We didn't expect there to be so much meat on the baby back ribs but there was!!! This photo does no justice to the actual thing.

I'm sorry that there is so much noise on the image. Recently got myself a new camera! Am going to test it out soon! I know that it is good for selfies but hopefully it is good enough too for food photos!

Our tummies are fully filled and satisfied!

Thank you Cali Cafe for the wonderful meal & 360Xperience for the great introduction and huge saving discount!!

******

Next up!!


Ice Cream Frenzy @ Rochester
31 Rochester Drive, #01-01

(The Rochester, Park Avenue Hotel)
Singapore 138637
Tel: 6684 9606


Extracted from their info page on 360Xperience,
At Ice Cream Frenzy, we sell freshly handmade Gelato that makes one feels one scoop is never enough. Our gelato ice cream is low in fat, less in sugar with no preservatives. Hence, making one's choice healthier. Flavors like Earl Grey, New York Cheese Cake, Salted Caramel and Soursop with Cranberry are highly demanded by customers.

Ice Cream Frenzy café is a cosy place for people to chill out with their friends and family. It is situated just a stone away from the Buona Vista MRT.


Swiss Chocolate

Not too sweet. Full of chocolate flavour, thick and creamy. I'm not a humongous fan of chocolate ice-cream but this one is addictive. I recently went back for just another scoop of this! Heehee!!



After my brief sharing session on the perks to gain from the 360Xperience Privilege Card, what are you waiting for???

With the Privilege Card, you stand to gain up to 92% discount from their brand partners! That's a lot of saving!!!!

Within the membership period, members can patronise their brand partners unlimited times to enjoy the savings & discounts!!

360Xperience is currently running a crazy promotion on their Privilege Card!!!


Up to 65% discount if you get it NOW!!

Furthermore, the goodies does not end right there!


With each purchase of their Privilege Card, you will also receive their welcome gifts which includes complimentary Sadhana Sanctuary Yoga Passes, dining vouchers & more.. Everything amounting up to be worth over S$300!!!

360Xperience is currently also in the midst of helping to run a fundraising campaign for the needy children of the Children's Cancer Foundation.



For every membership subscription, part of the proceeds from their membership sales will go to support their "Life should be filled with Surprises" campaign.

360Xperience has also been kind enough to offer 20 x 6 months of Privilege Card membership to my blog readers FOR FREE!!!!

So yes, 20 of you will each stand to win 6 months of Privilege card membership!!

And that is not all! Specially for the 20 lucky winners, 360Xperience has also thrown into the set:
  • Complimentary Sadhana Sanctuary yoga passes, 6 sessions. (worth $210)
  • Complimentary Palmer's product samples
  • Complimentary Dining, Shopping, Spa vouchers worth over $200!!!

All you have to do is to comment in my comment box below, and tell me:
(1) Why you want to win and,
(2) Which of the 4 category do you intend to first explore with the use of the 360Xperience Privilege Card


I will pick my favourite 20 comments and you might just be one of the 20 lucky winners!!!

Do not forget to:
leave your email address behind

Or I wouldn't be able to contact you if you are one of the 20 lucky winners!!!

Closing date: By 30 August 2014 at 12pm!!

Unfortunately this contest is only available to Singapore Citizens, Singapore PRs or anyone residing within Singapore. (Sorry!!!)

"From pampering yourself with a spa treat to indulging in your favourite food, you will find yourself spoilt for choice."
- 360Xperience

And for those who aren't keen on participating in the contest but would like to purchase a Privilege Card, I am please to share with you that 360Xperience has offered an additional 5% discount for my readers!

Key in the promo code '1005' during checkout to redeem the additional discount!

If you key in the promo code, you will also stand to receive these complimentary items in your set:
  • Complimentary pair of GV movie tickets (worth $24) *Applicable for 24mths Privilege Club Membership only
  • Complimentary Sadhana Sanctuary yoga passes, 6 sessions. (worth $210)
  • Complimentary Palmer's product samples
  • Complimentary Dining, Shopping, Spa vouchers worth over $200!!!


Start spoiling yourself NOW!!!

Exam period

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello!

Yes I'm still here. Not gone at all.

My social media sites have been rather dead. I guess I'm not one to actively post about everything I do for every minute of my life. The only social media site that I really care about is probably this one. Where I am left to pen my thoughts in creative ways which gives peace to my soul.

The exams are here. 5 weeks sooner than usual. I suppose this is the life of a final year student. Once again, I re-emphasise the joy that will come with my impending graduation.

It's 1:28 am and I am nowhere near the wrap-up of my revision. In fact I have barely memorised anything at all.

My head is filled with so much thoughts lately that I miss the serenity experienced during my gap year. It took me a whole year to clear my head, to feel myself and to be able to appreciate the world. And unfortunately, all that has been ripped from me again and I hate it.

I hate that the slight sway of the trees, the bursts of sunlight between the leaves of the trees, the rustle of the fallen leaves on the concrete pavement, the laughter from schools kids who have just ended their classes and are running home from school, the slow chugging by of a lorry, the chirping of a low-flying bird... have all ceased to take my breath away.

I am so caught up with the life of a Singaporean, aka rushing to catch up with everyone else in the crazy rat race.

I am forced to keep on running and I don't get to catch my breath, and I do not have time for the slower but beautiful things in life. If I'm slower, I will get left behind, devoured, buried and forgotten.

It's so cruel.

Nonetheless I'm glad that I will soon be out of this crazy rat race. This life is not for me.

I'm sorry mom, I'm sorry dad.. but I will find another way to earn a living because working in a hospital or having a job in the health industry simply equates to living a life like a rat again and I can't stand it. I won't disappoint you guys and be a failure in life. There are more ways to living life than to be a rat. I'll find my own way, make the best out of it and make a name for myself. I guarantee that.


Soph

City Square JB (Part II)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To read part I, click here!

I am well into my second week of school since after the passing of my 2 weeks term break.

I didn't coop myself up at home 24/7 for 14 days straight. My body would have decomposed if I really did that.

I had to have a certain highlight to my 2 weeks holiday so here it is!! A half-day trip to JB, City Square (again) to be specific.

My purpose of this trip was to pamper myself with good food, catch a movie and just walk around for a bit. Oh and, to buy diapers for the little fatty -.- As instructed by my elder sister.

So first pitstop at City Square was for food! Lunch at "DRAGON-i"!!

DRAGON-i
City Square, Johor Bahru

Lot no. J3-36, Level 3


Ok so here is a list of what I love to eat at DRAGON-i...

Winter Melon, Longan & Sea Coconut tea (冬瓜龙眼海底椰茶) RM5.00
*FYI exchange rate was SGD1: RM2.50

EVERYTHING THAT I HAVE EATEN SO FAR!!! *spams heart*

It's not exactly a list is it? lol

Well it is hard to choose when everything tasted so good and I had a ravishing stomach!! But I promise, I'll try to make sense out of my recommendations (:

So first up, THE TEA. The sweetness level was just alright for me, very appetising and chilling. This tea is good for those who are feeling heaty or just need something to cool their (body) system down from this terrible weather!!

There are bits of sea coconut for you to chew on and some longans (that were thrown in to cook the tea) for you to wrap your tongue and sink your teeth in.

Xiao Long Bao!! (上海小笼包) RM10.30

I generally love xiao long bao from everywhere.. except for the ones from food court, I had it once and gosh it was so horrible!

Then again despite my love for (generally) all xiao long baos, I have my favourites too. And this one, just topped my list of favourites!!!

How should I describe it...? The skin was so thin yet it didn't break as I was lifting it up from the bamboo steamer with my chopsticks. The filling was oh.. just so soft and delectable. The soup in the dumpling.. heavenly I tell you. I've never had any xiao long bao quite like this!!

I felt so sad that this bamboo steamer only had 4 xiao long baos. I had 3 out of the 4. Didn't order another basket of dumplings because we (Rod and I) were afraid that we wouldn't be able to finish all of our food if we did.

Braised Eggplant (鱼香茄子肉松煲)RM18.00

To those of you who dislike eggplants.. You don't know what good stuff you are missing out on!!!

If you have had braised eggplants anywhere else and you thought that that one (wherever you had) is THE ONE, well you haven't had this one yet!

I'll skip describing the taste for this dish because it is (1) too hard to describe, (2) too brilliant that you have got to go try it for yourself to know it!

Chicken broth and Plain Ramen (上海净拉面)RM8.00

A simple bowl of plain ramen and chicken broth for those who are looking for something uncomplicated to fill their tummy. You can know that the essence of the chicken has gone into the broth because you can taste it, and the noodles have been cooked just well enough to retain its al dente texture.

Stir-fry Ramen with black fungus and minced meat (木须肉炒拉面) RM15.00

I can't wait to go back to have another plate of this.

Even while writing about it now, I'm salivating.

The noodles were so chewy that you can't resist having another bite! The taste of it.. Gosh, I don't know how the chef did it but he balanced the sauces really well that you can never get sick of its taste. If you're afraid of the taste black fungus, fret not! You can't taste it and you wouldn't even know that it is there!

This is a huge plate of noodles, serving size seems like it is for two pax. I obviously couldn't finish it by myself hence I packed the rest home and had it for lunch the next day. Best leftover lunch day ever!!

Kinsahi Japanese Restaurant
City Square, Johor Bahru

Lot MB-02C, Level B1

Had dinner at Kinsahi Japanese Restaurant.

Curry Rice RM13.90

I ordered Curry Rice because I was still feeling very full from lunch and the popcorns we had during our movie. We caught the Edge of Tomorrow. Very interesting plot!! For once, Tom Cruise is not an action-packed hero from the start but rather a martial arts noob who is afraid of dying.

Oh and, about the cinema at City Square JB. It is from the Cathay franchise. Super huge movie theatres (as compared to Singapore's, duh right?), only sweet popcorns are available, the seats were relatively comfy, movie tix were super cheap!!

Back to the topic of curry rice, this is the first time that I have had japanese curry which did not have potatoes in it lol! It is a good thing considering the fact that Rod is allergic to potatoes.

Their curry had carrots, chicken and onion slices. It was.. alright.

Simple and filling, just what I wanted.

Ramen Temaki Set RM22.90

This set is crazy cheap. Whole set for SGD 9.16!!!!

Chicken karaage ramen (soy sauce soup base), a small salad and two temakis - one is California and the other one I can't remember what it is.

Gotta love Malaysia and its cheap (and generally good) food!!!

Kinsahi Ya Soft Shell Crab Maki RM11.00

I hearts this!!!! *spam hearts*

Soft shell crab maki is my favourite!! It takes good wrapping skills from the chef, fresh soft shell crab used, the right amount of mayo in it (if it is part of the ingredients list) and the constitution of the right amount of fresh cucumber slices to give a crunchy feel to the sushi.

Then again that is my personal criteria of a good soft shell crab maki.. the additional fish roe or egg wrap is something that I can do without!

And that sort of wraps up my food trip to JB!

I'm planning to go out of City Square during my next trip and to try walking to KSL and explore that place! Getting bored of just walking in City Square alone.. Any food recommendations at KSL? I'll make a mental note to go try it! Let me know down in the comments box below k!



Hearts,
Soph <3