[MEDIA REVIEW]: Gelato @ Da Paolo’s MBS Gastronomia

Kicking off the brand new month with toothsome gelato. October ain’t just about Halloween, ya know? Well, easing sweet tooth is part of it.

Just came to know that Da Paolo Gastronomia has branched out to  Marina Bay Sands.

With that, Da Paolo has brought in authentic Italian gelato from Chocolat, a renowned artisanal gelato producer in Milan. With more than 60 years of experience, Chocolat uses only premium ingredients and eight types of cocoa from all over the world in their locally handmade gelato. Because they lived so close to Chocolat’s gelateria while they were in Milan, Paolo and his family became regulars there. They enjoyed the gelato so much that they decided to work with Chocolat and sell the product at Gastronomia @ MBS for themselves, and everyone else in Singapore, to enjoy good Italian gelato. Quality craftsmanship by a group of their Italian gelato chefs and entrepreneurs since 1965 also ensure you get the taste of true Italian flavour.

Da Paolo Gastronomia was born out of the desire to make great-tasting food easily and readily available to everyone, even the busiest of them all. The concept combines a gourmet cafe with all-day dining and retail, and offers an array of freshly made food that may be eaten in or taken away. Gastronomia is known for its signature oversized croissants, scones, and Crodos™ (its own croissant-donut hybrid); Founder/Chef Paolo’s Tiramisu that has been on the menu at Da Paolo since it first opened in 1989; super-sized, colourful meringues and N-cake, a decadent Nutella-based dessert. A savoury Gastronomia bestseller is the Beef Lasagna that consists of fresh pasta sheets made using a traditional pasta machine utilised by Paolo since 1989. Another popular item is our Pizza al Taglio, served in rectangular slices and topped with premium ingredients for a substantial snack or a quick, easy meal. Guests can also choose from a large, inviting display of about 25 freshly prepared main and side dishes, a recognisable element of Da Paolo Gastronomia outlets. Gastronomia has six outlets located at Orchard Paragon, Cluny Court, Raffles Place, Holland Village, Raffles City and most recently, Marina Bay Sands. This brand new outlet officially opened on 29 July 2017, and is located at the iconic The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands, opposite the lotus-shaped Art Science Museum with a view of the Bay.

Out of 12 interesting flavours, I chose Nutella 🙂

Nailing Monday blues by easing my sweet tooth.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #01-87, 018956

Opening Hours: 8AM–11PM

Phone: 6688 7161

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[MEDIA PREVIEW]: MBM Wheelpower Launches MBM AutoCity

MBM Wheelpower, a leading automotive service provider, will be officially launching MBM AutoCity on 30 September 2017 – one of Singapore’s largest independent car workshop with over 38,000 sq feet of facilities and a highly-skilled staff strength of 100. Situated at 160 Sin Ming Drive, MBM AutoCity is equipped with the state-of- the-art innovations including mechanical and diagnostic tools to meet the growing motoring needs of drivers. Listing over 30 services including the award-winning Car-o- Liner Collision Repair System and environmentally-friendly Cromax Pro Paint System, MBM AutoCity has the capability to attend to 70 cars daily.

A homegrown brand that started out in 2001 at Sin Ming AutoCare, MBM Wheelpower was launched by an ardent automobile enthusiast and entrepreneur – Kelvin Lim. A veteran in Singapore’s automobile industry, he created a brand from humble beginnings  that quickly earned its position as Singapore’s leading one-stop premium car workshop. With ambitious plans to build the brand regionally, MBM Wheelpower is the only  Singapore car workshop listed successfully on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong since 2016 under Zheng Li Holdings Limited.

Mr Kelvin Lim, Chief Executive Officer of MBM Wheelpower said, “MBM Wheelpower has over 15 years of experience in the car service industry and has been offering a range of services including maintenance, repair, modification, tuning and grooming services for a wide number of car brands. We realised that there was a gap in the market for a one-stop workshop for drivers looking for comprehensive and quality car workshop services. Therefore, we are pleased to develop MBM AutoCity as our flagship service centre, a one stop workshop providing the most comprehensive car repair, grooming, tuning, maintenance facilities and offerings in Singapore, backed by our high-quality customer service and stringent quality control.”

In early 2017, MBM Wheelpower invested in the award-winning Car-o- Liner Collision Repair System. With an up-to- the-minute alignment bench measuring system and vehicle database in place, MBM Wheelpower is able to efficiently and expertly deliver structural repairs and restore damaged vehicles to their original splendor. Believing in the cause for environmental sustainability, Cromax Pro Paint System is another new technologically advanced tool which is used at the workshop for minor touch-ups and complete resprays. Cromax Pro paints dramatically limit the emission of pollutant substances, known as volatile organic compounds, throughout the painting process. MBM Wheelpower will offer lifetime warranty of Cromax Pro Paint for the first time in Asia.

Singapore’s passenger car maintenance and repair services market is highly fragmented. There are over 1,300 car service centres (source: Frost & Sullivan 2015 report) throughout the island, and most of these centres offer limited services in repair, maintenance, car modification, tuning or grooming. MBM Wheelpower’s expansion is good news to all car owners in Singapore. The new facility is managed by a team of highly-skilled and factory trained staff, extending MBM Wheelpower’s capability to service more cars, especially for luxury and ultra-luxury passenger cars. Services also include aesthetic modifications, body kit enhancements to performance modifications.

Decked with modern and luxurious fittings such as marble and grand chandeliers, MBM Wheelpower’s showroom includes a coffee and drinks counter, 4 reception counters,
plush sofas, a leisure area with reading materials and a children’s corner. Leading up from the showroom is MBM Wheelpower’s VIP lounge which features an intimate cigar and wine bar for their privileged customers. Additionally, merchandise such as automobile branded T-Shirts, Keychains, bags are available for sale with a sprawling display of wheel and car accessories. To complete the consumer experience, MBM Wheelpower has also strategically integrated the user experience into one’s mobile device in their car rewards app – MBM Rewards. Customers can download, earn and accumulate reward points to redeem free vouchers and other lifestyle gifts.

MBM Wheelpower will also be introducing the MBM Unlimited Warranty, providing unlimited mileage coverage – the highest claim amount up to the purchase value of a car, and the widest coverage over the warranty period. Drivers can enjoy complete peace of mind as the coverage is underwritten by the acclaimed QBE Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd. Additional coverage beyond the cars manufacturer warranty will cost as low as $288* per year (*For Asian car makes below 1,400cc. Terms and conditions apply.).

Car owners can choose between MBM Unlimited and MBM Unlimited+. The MBM Unlimited plan covers major car components such as the engine, transmission, drive axle, seals and gaskets and transfer unit. For those looking for additional coverage including air conditioner, brakes, cooling system, electrical components, front and rear suspension, fuel system or steering, there is the option of the MBM Unlimited+ plan. This plan gives bumper-to- bumper coverage beyond the car owner’s manufacturer warranty. It cover parts installed by the manufacturer but does not include exclusionary coverage such as any damage or breakdown caused by a collision, road hazard, theft or natural disasters.

 

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Plaza Premium Group and SATS jointly win Lounge Contract with Singapore Changi Airport

Plaza Premium Group and SATS join forces to provide independent airport lounge
services to all travellers in the New Terminal 4 of Changi Airport

The image above is the rendering of Blossom – SATS & Plaza Premium Lounge. It represents an artist’s impression of the airport lounge in Changi Airport Terminal 4 to be opened later this year.

Plaza Premium Group (the Group), the pioneer and industry leader in providing Premium Airport Services as well as running the largest independent airport lounge network around the world, is pleased to announce that its group member Plaza Premium Lounge Investment China Limited has been awarded an airport lounge contract in partnership with SATS Ltd. (SATS)’s wholly-owned subsidiary SATS Airport Services Pte Ltd by Changi Airport Group (CAG). Both partners are to jointly design, build, operate and manage a brand new lounge named Blossom – SATS & Plaza Premium Lounge (Blossom Lounge) as the only independent airport lounge in the new Terminal 4 (T4) of Changi Airport (Changi) in Singapore for the next six years. Located at Level 2M within the transit area, the lounge will take up a space of approximately 1,100 square metres with about 280 seats. Slated to soft open later this year alongside the official commencement of T4 operations, Blossom Lounge will offer hospitality, bar, catering, shower, massage, manicure and pedicure, front-of-house and housekeeping services etc. to the guest travellers with around-the-clock operations. Mr. Song Hoi-see, Founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Group, said “We are excited to be awarded by CAG again, and this time collaborate with SATS to introduce SKYTRAX world’s best airport lounge service to the new T4 through our new lounge, offering exceptional hospitality and a seamless airport experience to Changi travellers. In addition to Plaza Premium Lounge in Changi T1, we look forward to welcoming all travellers through another world- class airport lounge facility in association with SATS.”

As the first airport lounge network to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification, the Group has been operating airport lounges, and providing lounge management services for leading airlines, alliances and corporation in more than 150 locations across 36 international airports, serving over 12 million passengers annually. It has received a host of accolades for its hospitality and independent airport lounges, which are bestowed by SKYTRAX in June 2017 the world’s best independent airport lounge award for the second year running.

About Plaza Premium Group
Headquartered in Hong Kong, Plaza Premium Group is the pioneer and industry leader in providing Premium Airport Services in over 150 locations of 36 international airports across the world, with a collective goal of ‘enhancing your airport experience’. The Group comprises four core airport services, Airport Lounge, Airport Transit Hotel, Airport Meet & Greet Service, and Airport Dining.

The Group currently employs over 4,000 staff and serves over 12 million passengers around the world annually. The Group is dedicated to providing quality services and possesses proprietary knowledge in airport hospitality industry. By continuously surpassing travellers’ expectation, the Group’s network is rapidly growing across major international airports around the world.

About Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge, the world’s largest independent airport lounge network, gives travellers a haven away from the hustle and bustle of the airport, a home away from home, by providing a space with top-notch services and facilities for travellers departing, transiting and arriving at major international airports including Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Toronto and Vancouver. Comfortable seating, enticing food and beverage selection, showers with amenities, private resting suites, VIP rooms, recharging stations, Wi-Fi, computer workstations are but a few of the services offered to enhance the airport experience.
As the first airport lounge network to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification, we are committed to consistently providing quality services and continual improvement for
valued customers. By putting into action, the best ideas and practices from across the network and around the world, we focus on innovative and quality products and services.

On top of the sublime and opulent independent airport lounges that are in operation, we also manage lounges for leading airlines and alliances including Cathay Pacific Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, SkyTeam, Star Alliance and American Express.

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[SINGAPORE]: “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars” by The Gem Museum

The Gem Museum presents “A Galaxy of Moons & Stars”. If you ask me, I am completely clueless. Here is some background of the gems introduced by The Gem Museum during my visit.

Moonstone is the name given to the member of a feldspar group of gemstones. They are remarkable for their chatoyancy or adularescence (Glow or inner light). This effect is in the form of a white shimmer, similar to moonshine, caused by structural anomalies within the crystal formation.


Fine moonstone is quite rare. It is found in various locales including the United States but the finest and most abundant sources are in Burma, Sri Lanka and India. Moonstone’s body color can range from colorless to white, gray, brown, yellow, orange, green, or peach. But its beauty is in its sheen, which can be white to deep flame blue.

Star stones are part of a special group of phenomenal gems in the world of gemstones. These stones exhibit special optical phenomena, including asterism (star effect), color gradation (cat’s eye effect) adularescence (flickering light) and iridescence (rainbow effect).

Since these phenomenal gemstones are relatively rare they attract the attention of the collectors. In some cases, all or most of gems belonging to a particular species exhibit the phenomenon, as well as most moonstones exhibit adularescence for example. But in other cases the optical effect is seen only occasionally in a certain type of gemstone and these rare cases are of particular interest to the
collectors.

Asterism or star effect is an example of an optical phenomenon that is rarely found in a small number of precious stones cut as cabochons. The examples are the star sapphire and star ruby. But asterism can occur also in quartz, spinel, citrine, diopside, and garnet. The reason that asterism is so rare is that it is necessary the gem to contain inclusions of rutile needles that are arranged in a way as to reflect the light in a shape with many rays forming a star.

To allow festival-goers a better understanding of the beauty of these gemstones, the museum will also run a short presentation on reasons these gemstones appear to give off their characteristic moon-ish glow and starry brilliance when placed under light.

Taking place from 18 to 26 August 2017 (Closed on Sunday), admission to The Gem museum is FREE.

Visiting hours will be extended from 3pm to 10pm during the night festival and an exclusive collection of stunning moonstones and star stones will be made available for sale. Futhermore, festival-goers can also look forward to take home an exquisite piece of moonstone, star stone or any precious natural gemstone with just a $20 mystery dip!

For more information, please visit http://thegemmuseum.gallery/.


 

About The Gem Musuem
Founded on June 1 st 2015 by Ms. Loke Huiying and Mr. Tay Kunming, The Gem Museum is Singapore’s first and most comprehensive private gem museum open to the public. It aims to become the international platform that bridges the gemstone industry and the rest of the world.

The Gem Museum features a wide variety of gemstones and minerals from around the world. Besides being committed to showcase some of the world’s most precious and rare gemstones, it is a place where learning is highly favoured and relationship building within the industry is encouraged. Most of the gems and minerals on display belong to the private collection of Far East Gem Institute’s founder, Mr. Tay Thye Sun.

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[SINGAPORE]: Ju Hao @ Parkway Parade Social Square

Ju Hao is now available at Social Square, Parkway Parade. Newly introduced at Social Square, Parkway Parade on July 31st 2017. For those who do not know about Ju Hao, allow me to walk you through. Ju Hao fills your stomach with authentic Nothern Chinese cuisine.

Signature Ice Mint Yuzu Tea is da bomb! It is served in a small pitcher, with a content which value for money. Tastes refreshing and I love the combination of mint and yuzu!

It has a open-kitchen concept where you can have a view of “what’s brewing” in the kitchen. In this case, you will be able to witness the skillful team freshly hand make the signature steamed xiao long bao and continuously integrating local favourites like the Singapore Chilli Crab.

Here is a basket of xiao long bao, traditionally served in a small bamboo steaming baskets, locally known as xiao long in Chinese.

As an opening special, Ju Hao is offering 50% off for their freshly hand made xiao long bao (5pcs) with T&C applies. 

  • Original flyers must be presented to enjoy this promotion
  • This offer is valid till 30 Sept 2017
  • For dine-in only
  • Only  valid at Parkway Parade, Ju Hao #03-26

Also, you can always throw a corporate event or a family gathering at Social Square, as this venue is able to host about 160 pax to 180 pax.

For a change, you may opt for Chocolate Dumpling, tastes unique as it has a blend of Chinese and Western.

For those can’t live without rice, one of the best dish Ju Hao offers would be Prawn Fried Rice. Prawns taste fresh and the fried rice has the wok hei. Highly recommended for diners who dine alone or need a quick meal.

Triple Treasure Signature Noodle, served with beef brisket, sliced beef and shrimp & pork wanton.

 

Western Food

Aside from Chinese, diners are given the option to go for Western food too. 

  • John Dees Ribeye
    • Angus beef, grain fed 180 days, aged between 4-6 weeks. Super gold  Marbling, score 3 minimum, servied with hotstone plate
    • +1 side dish : +$3
    • +2 side dishes : +$5

 

Japanese Cuisine

  • Mango & Avocado Dragon Roll
    • Served with fried prawn wrapped in sushi rice with mango, avocado and fish roe

 

  • Sashimi Juu
    • Mixed sashimi, salmon roll, tamago, kani stick with sushi rice

 

Add: 80 Marine Parade Road #03-26 Parkway Parade (Singapore) 449269
Tel: +65 6348 7262
Opening Hours:
Sun-Thurs: 11.30am-10.00pm
Fri-Sat: 11.30am-10.30pm

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/juhaobymof
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