Mandarin Orchard X’Mas 2016

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

What comes to mind for you when it is Christmas season?  We visualise smokey-grilled steak, roasted turkey, honey-baked ham together with images of exquisitely-made confectionaries and sweet pastries.  And not to forget that ohhh-so-pretty yule log cakes too!

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It’s the time of the year filled with joyous mood along Orchard Road where everyone tries to make the most fun out of the year end festive celebrations.  Let’s see what Mandarin Orchard has geared up for the yuletide season with their exciting line-up of festive dining promotions and Christmas goodies for everyone!

We were most privileged to attend the year-end Christmas party held at Mandarin Orchard and had the opportunity to sample first-hand some of the most gastronomically delightful Christmas Goodies at the party.

Filled with dizzying array of mouth-watering Christmas roasts and sweet pastries fit for the season, you can expect to feast into sweet and savoury culinary delights at the various restaurants at Mandarin Orchard and festive takeaway booth between 23 November to 31 December 2016.

Coffee & Crust (Level 5) and/or Festive Takeaway Booth (Level 1 Lobby)

New creations such as Baked Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Watercress Crust, Roasted London Duck with Chinese Herbs, and Red Velvet Yule Log; and signature comebacks such as Premium Honey-Glazed Gammon Ham, and Valrhona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log will be available for a party with friends at Coffee & Crust, Level 5 or takeaway from Festive Booth, Level 1 Lobby.

Credit Card discounts ranging from 15-20% off for EARLY BIRDS is valid for orders made/purchased from 23 Nov to 14 Dec 2016.  Thereafter, normal discounts apply with 10-15% off.  Look out for special offers for Citibank and DBS/POSB cardholders!

For the full Christmas Takeaway Goodies form, please download at: http://tinyurl.com/MandarinGoodies2016.

For order and enquiries: Tel: (65) 6831 6272/6320 or email: festivedesk.orchard@meritushotels.com.

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Baked Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Watercress Crust (1.5kg, $135)

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Roasted London Duck with Chinese Herbs (2.8kg, $85)

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Red Velvet Yule Log (1kg, $80)

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Valrhona Delicious Dulcey Yule Log (1kg, $80)

Triple Three

Happening yearly at Triple Three, their lavish Christmas and New Year buffet spreads aim for the utmost in gastronomical delight.  For quality meat cuts and exceptional dessert and pastries, we’re always satisfied after all the indulgence.  Triple Three has prepared their Signature Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham, Roasted Stuffed Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Mentaiyaki Lobster, and luscious festive desserts such as log cakes, stollen and fruit cakes for this season’s celebrations.

Dates: 24 to 26 December 2016 and 31 December 2016 to 1 January 2017
Price: Lunch – From $98++ (Adult), $33++ (Child 6 to 12yrs) | Dinner – From $128++ (Adult), $48++ (Child 6 to 12yrs)
Discount: Ranging from 1-for-1 for lunch and 50% off every second diner (dinner) for early bird pre-paid bookings made before 16 December 2016 for Christmas and 28 December 2016 for New Year’s Buffet.  Please call to enquire.

For reservations and enquiries:
Online Reservation: www.meritushotels.com/diningorchard
Tel: (65) 6831 6288/6271 or email: dine.orchard@meritushotels.com

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Mandarin Orchard’s Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Log is a must-try this year!  Both visually appealing and yummilicious at the same time, this will be the perfect adornment for the party table this year.

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Cherry & Hokkaido Cream Fairy Tale Log (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 1kg, $80)

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Christmas Stollen (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 500g, $38)

Dusted with Matcha powder over a tiramisu log cake, this is another exceptional creation with complementing flavours to delight.

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Green Tea Tiramisu Yule Log

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Christmas Mini Mince Pie (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 5 pcs, $16)

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Gingerbread House (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, $38 each)

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Surprisingly not tough to the bite, the roasted turkey was in fact juicy and succulent.  I went straight for the thigh meat.  Kids would love it the tender meat too!

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Roasted USA Turkey (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 6kg Medium $218 / 8kg Large $238)

Never made to disappoint, the roasted Black Angus Rib Eye has always been a delight to dig into.  Don’t miss this at the Triple Three buffet too!

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Roasted US Black Angus Beef Rib Eye with Green Peppers (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, 3kg)

Another roasted dish that we love is the Beckshire Pork Rack with Yuzu-Himalayan Salt Crust.  A uniquely sweet and savoury mix of flavours from every bite, the pork rack is a sure crowd-pleaser. Don’t say we never jio!

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Oven Roasted Beckshire Pork Rack with Yuzu-Himalayan Salt Crust (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, $3kg $230)

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Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

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Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Gingerbread House (Also available at Festive Takeaway Booth, $38 each)

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Mandarin Orchard Christmas 2016

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

~ SAys! Shirley 🙂 

We are grateful for the opportunity to attend Mandarin Orchard’s Christmas Party for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Mandarin Orchard and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

The Stage is Calling ~ Casting Calls for Little Ones | 29 Dec 2016

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If you have a talented little one with a dream to take the stage and be a star, here’s an opportunity to do it with a stellar theatre company, Pangdemonium!

Pangdemonium is casting for their production FUN HOME!
Pangdemonium’s “FUN HOME” is holding auditions on 29 December 2016 for three child roles.

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Getting cast in this Tony-winning Broadway musical could be a dream come true for any young musical theatre actor!

The casting call includes protagonist Alison Bechdel’s youngest stage incarnation and her two child brothers: Christian and John.
For those unfamiliar with this coming-of-age hit…

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CHRISTIAN is the oldest Bechdel child. Young male actor aged 10–12.  JOHN is the youngest (age 7–9), and described as being full of energy and having a quirky imagination.

Both roles call for a young singer-actor with a natural sound, good sense of harmony, and pitch.

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YOUNG ALISON (age 9-11) holds much more heft in the show than her two stage brothers—original cast member Sydney Lucas earned a Tony nomination for the role, after all! She’s “on the cusp of finding herself and forming her own views on how a girl her age should behave and dress”. We are looking for a young girl who is both confident and intelligent. The right candidate’s singing abilities will require moving “seamlessly in vocal quality from speech to song” and a range of B to B.

* Please note that in the story, SMALL ALISON is considered a “tomboy”, and becomes aware that she is not like most other girls her age. She sings a song “Ring of Keys” (https://youtu.be/pMAuesRJm1E) about this growing awareness, but otherwise does not understand, much less know how to act upon, what she is sensing. It is not until she reaches her late teens (MEDIUM ALISON) that she dares to come out as gay.  With this in mind, auditionees (and their parents/guardians) have to be comfortable with the subject matter of the story.

Performers of all ethnic and racial background are encouraged to attend.

AUDITION DETAILS

Auditions  29 December  2016
Call Backs  30 December 2016
Preparation
Please bring sheet music for ONE short contemporary musical theatre song, OR choose one song from the suggested list:
○ “Ben” – Michael Jackson
○ “Rockin’ Robin” – Michael Jackson
○ “I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5
○ “Who’s Lovin’ You” – Jackson 5
Please note that we will NOT transpose on the spot. Minus-1 will NOT be accepted.
Prepare a short monologue (memorized) in an American accent
Bring picture and resume

Other Dates

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FUN HOME Boot Camp (learning songs) – 12 – 16 June 2017
First Rehearsal – 28 August 2017
First Performance  – 29 September 2017
Last Performance – 15 October 2017
To book an audition slot please email – auditions@pangdemonium.com

{Review} I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrush | An Amazing Full Circle

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If you haven’t booked your tickets to The Magic Paintbrush yet, please do! This is a most amazing production by I Theatre as it is the finale production for their 15th year Anniversary Celebrations!

Super happy Trio – They love the theatres!

We went to the Drama Centre Theatre on Saturday with no clue what it would be like since it was an entirely new remake, redesigned play from its first staging. And we were totally blown away by the scale of the production!

The Magic Paintbrush was first performed 16 years ago in 2000 and was the inspiration for creating I Theatre as a theatre production company. How apt it is for this year’s 15th Anniversary celebrations to end on a high note with a reworked version of The Magic Paintbrush– I Theatre has come full circle and continues to bring so much joy and inspiration for local children’s theatre.

The play opens with what every parent and school going child would be able to relate to. A young girl preparing for exams and told to study hard, and not just do her best but “Be the Best”!

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Shocking revelations indeed for every Singaporean parent to see themselves on stage perhaps? And then the magical journey begins …. when the girl Toni wishes she was someone else, wishes she was Ma Liang who is a poor but talented orphan. She thinks it’s way better not to have parents… and the inexplicable Magic Paintbrush grants her wish…

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From there the audience is transported to another world in ancient China, where Toni is now (as she wished) Ma Liang, and she has to fend for herself, to work hard in order to survive and yet having no opportunities to explore her talent in painting because she has no money.

But Ma Liang is given an opportunity of a lifetime to do good, when he is given a Magic Paintbrush ~ Whatever he paints comes to life! Will he use this power to do good or to bring selfish benefits?

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Wonderful lively cast that kept the audience excited!

What will he do when faced with personal danger? Will Ma Liang succumb to the threats of the greedy Emperor and his wicked schemes? What happens to Ma Liang?

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Loved the beautiful costumes!

The new Magic Paintbrush is extravagant and grand, it is so big scale that even the adults will be captivated. The sets were beautifully designed and so impressive that you may not think it was for children’s theatre. I loved the upbeat music, the beautiful life-sized sets and the amazingly detailed costumes! WOW!!

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Impressive stage set

Expect a visual treat from colourful sets and intricate costumes, to puppets and even a segment with black light theatre (which is always a hit with the children).

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We enjoyed every bit of the 1.5hours at the Drama Centre Theatre and I think everyone in the audience would agree with me that I Theatre has outdone itself this time! The theatre was lit with laughter through out the play!

Our take way from the play was more than just the theatre fun. I asked Wey what he thought was the moral of the story… and was amazed that he told me “If you have the power to do good, do it. Make someone else happy. Don’t use it just to get more money or be rich, like the wicked Emperor!” Such valuable life lessons delivered in a beautiful play, I hope he keeps forever.

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The Magic Paintbrush is indeed a fitting climax to a celebratory year for I Theatre! Once again thank you I Theatre and Congratulations! Thank you for bringing beautiful theatre to brighten the lives of the littlest ones and enchanting yet another generation with music and drama!

And don’t forget to stay behind for the special Meet and Greet photography session which is always a highlight at all I Theatre productions! Loving our keepsake photos!

Love these photo keepsakes of our theatre fun together

The Magic Paintbrush runs at the Drama Centre Theatre at the NLB from 27 October – 12 November 2016. Do make your bookings asap before tickets are sold out! Click http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/paint1116?cid=itheatre-HLI-paint1116 and have fun at the theatres with the amazing cast! We hear that there are lots in store coming 2017 and we’re very excited for the new season, do follow I Theatre’s facebook for the latest updates.

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

SAys! Audrey 🙂 

We are grateful for the opportunity to attend ITheatre’s The Rainbow Fish for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of I Theatre and were provided for the purposes of this review. All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

About The Magic Paintbrush

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When: 27 October to 12 November 2016| Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 75 minutes plus 15 minutes interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

Marina Mandarin Peach Blossoms | Simply Indulge in Abalone Set Menu

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Peach Blossoms at Marina Mandarin launched a brand new menu this month, featuring the bests of seafood in their latest Simply Indulge in Abalone Set Menu.  With the best offering of shark’s fin soup or crocodile’s paw in supreme broth, six-headed whole abalone and codfish as part of a seven-course meal, the upscale Chinese restaurant is all set to win with its signature traditional cuisine cooked with clever twists.

Available from now to 30 November 2016, the ambience, location and price point is great for impressing that important person.  So let’s move on to share what’s the highlights during the media lunch we attended.

Peach Blossoms Trio Appetizer Combination
* Chilled Japanese Cucumber Rolls filled with Jellyfish
* Deep-fried Scallop and Banana wrapped with Mashed Taro
* Deep-fried Prawn coated with Mayo and Mixed Nuts
精选特色三拼 –> 
蜂巢香蕉玉带,菓香鲜虾球,日本青瓜海蜇卷

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I love mashy soft and sweet taro.  My mum uses taro in her cooking pretty often but has never ventured to wrap it over scallop and banana before.  The Deep-fried Scallop and Banana wrapped with Mashed Taro was a welcoming appetizer both from it’s inviting looks as well as the combination of taste and texture.

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You have to agree with us how pretty the Deep-fried Scallop and Banana wrapped with Mashed Taro looked!

This Chilled Japanese Cucumber Roll filled with Jellyfish cold dish appetizer looked simply exquisite.  Both crunchy and soft at the same time, it started off well as a light and refreshing appetiser so that it wouldn’t kill off the taste buds for later.

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Chilled Japanese Cucumber Roll filled with Jellyfish

My last bite from the appetiser trio was the creamy Deep-fried Prawn coated with Mayo and Mixed Nuts.  The crunchy prawn was well-fried without losing succulence.  Generously coated with mayo and dressed up with some mixed nuts, there was a good balance of texture and colour created to please the palate.  Appetizer started very well, I would say!

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Deep-fried Prawn coated with Mayo and Mixed Nuts

Braised Shark’s Fin in Supreme Broth served in Stone Bowl 石锅黄烧牙拣翅

Audrey had the Braised Shark’s Fin Soup in Supreme Broth.  According to Chef Francis Chong, the broth has been simmered for hours in a large pot to extract the collagen for the unparallelled natural flavour.

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Double-boiled Crocodile Palm Soup with Morel and Black Garlic 黑蒜羊肚菌炖鳄鱼掌汤

If you refrain from eating Shark’s Fin like I do, go ahead to order the Double-boiled Crocodile Palm Soup with Morel and Black Garlic.  I was surprised I wasn’t served the typical sharksfin-substitute somewhere along the line of Wintermelon or Fish Maw Soup so commonly found at other places.  Trust me, you will not regret this croco-soup or even feel “shortchanged”.  

The crocodile meat was so tender and fleshy that it almost tastes like chicken (with a crumply rough skin >.<).  None of the fishy crocodile smell lingered in the black clear soup containing chunky Fish Maw, Morel (a type of atas honeycomb-lookalike fungus that is super expensive and hard to cultivate/farm) and Black Garlic.  Seems like no expenses were spared measures in the preparation this croco-soup at all.

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Braised Six-headed Whole Abalone in Superior Oyster Sauce 红烧六头鲍鱼

This six-headed whole abalone from Australia was larger than the tablespoon. At about 100g each, they hold a delicate taste while retaining it’s distinct succulent flavour from the sea. I love the mollusk’s firm texture and really enjoyed savouring the luxurious delicacy generously drizzled with the superior oyster sauce.

Oh man! I wish I can eat this everyday ♡

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Steamed Silver Cod in ‘Penang’ Style 槟城式蒸银鳕鱼

This is one excellent assam fish in the 7-course Abalone Set Menu.  I LOVE❤ that the thick assam sauce is a refreshing perk-me-up with just the right degree of tanginess to complement the sweet codfish.  Not only is the fish fresh, it also retained its succulence. Cod is also one of my favourite fish to cook at home. However, I can never achieve this kind of succulence no matter how i steamed, grilled or airfried it.

We got to find out that the Penang style sauce that many of us enjoyed was made with ginger, shallot, garlic, lemongrass, ginger flower, chilli and tamarind (assam).  All ingredients were blended and cooked at low flame for two hours, and by constantly stirring the sauce to provide a burst of delicious flavours to surprise.

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“Dong Po” Pork Ribs with Honey Sauce 蜜汁东坡骨

The pork ribs were cooked “Dong Po”-style. They were first braised until the meat are ready-to-drop-off kind of tender, then grilled to perfection with honey sauce to achieve that caramelised taste with a little crisp on the skin.  The Honey sauce consists of honey, hoisin, oyster sauce, cinnamon, star anise and Chef Francis Chong’s secret spice.

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The clever use of ribs instead of belly provided a healthier option for everyone. ❤  Coupled with asparagus that balanced the meaty serving, this was one of our favourite dish during yesterday’s media lunch.

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Stewed Rice Vermicelli with Assorted Seafood 大澳米粉

The most plain-looking of all.  What??  $128++ set meal and Bee Hoon is part of the menu??  But we were so wrong.  The Stewed Rice Vermicelli with Assorted Seafood turned out to be a flavourful favourite even though we were all already pretty full.  Chef shared that the vermicelli was first wok fried for the “Wok Hei” then stewed in a flavourful chicken stock with dried sole and a dash of Chinese rice wine before serving.  No wonder – so yumz!!

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Chilled Coconut Jelly with Mango Puree served with Coconut Ice cream 香芒椰子冻

No matter how full I am, I would always, never, ever, without fail, finish up the dessert especially if it’s got to do with all-time favourite coconut or mango.  As the name suggested, right at the bottom of the glass is a generous layer of coconut jelly which was topped by the thick and sweet mango puree.  On top of it all, a scoop of coconut icecream was added to make all the children in us very happy at the end of the meal.

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Every dish hit the right spot in terms of presentation and flavour.  If there was any complain, it would be having too big a portion.  I went into food coma the moment I reached home, slept the afternoon away, skipped dinner and gotten myself fatter by maybe half kg  >.<  At this price point, I made a daring comparison and felt that it is so much more worthwhile to spend the same amount here than at a wedding lunch with half-cold food and rushed-rushed affair.

The seven-course Abalone Set Menu from Peach Blossoms is priced at $128++ per person.  Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers, privileges or membership/loyalty programs.  Available from now to 30 November 2016 only.

Peach Blossoms
Level 5, Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594 (Map)

Reservations :
Call (65) 6845 1118 or email peachblossoms.marina@meritushotels.com

Opening Hours :
Monday – Friday Lunch: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Weekend Lunch (Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays): 11.00am – 3.00pm
Daily Dinner: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

We are grateful for the opportunity to be invited for a sumptious lunch at Peach Blossoms, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of Peach Blossoms and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley and Audrey :) 

About Marina Mandarin Singapore, by Meritus

Marina Mandarin Singapore is a world-class, 5-star luxury hotel that offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the financial district.

Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, the hotel has direct access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is opposite the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Esplanade–Singapore’s premier performing arts centre. The hotel is also perfectly situated right on the trackside of the annual Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Complemented by a host of comprehensive amenities, the hotel’s 575 well-appointed guest rooms and suites are specially tailored to meet the needs of discerning business and leisure travellers.

With a distinctively majestic atrium soaring through 21 levels of the hotel, Marina Mandarin Singapore is imbued with a philosophy of providing Asian grace, warmth and care in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is a Singapore-based hotel management company under the Hospitality Division of OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”), a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a portfolio of iconic properties in prime locations in Asia and the United States.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus has been providing guests its signature Asian Grace, Warmth and Care for over 40 years. With hotels and resorts strategically located in key cities and idyllic sanctuaries in Singapore and Malaysia, Meritus is soon extending its footprint in more locations around the region, particularly in Southeast Asia and China.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is three-time winner of Most Popular Heritage Brand at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA), demonstrating its impact as a home-grown Singapore brand that has become an important benchmark for values and best practices that other local brand owners strive to attain. More recently, the Group was also conferred Global Winner – Luxury Hotel Chain at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

For more information visit www.meritushotels.com.

 

{Review} Pangdemonium’s RENT! | A Broadway Musical Treat

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After a most touching and wonderful production of Falling, Pangdemonium surprises yet again with a stellar cast and an amazing production of RENT at the Drama Centre Theatre from 7- 23 October 2016.

Indeed this new production of RENT in Singapore is a fitting round off for Pangdemonium’s 2016 Season of Love! Simply not to be missed if you are a musical lover. We had a wonderful Sunday matinee filled with beautiful singing that left our souls recharged, thanks to Pangdemonium’s generous media invite that opening weekend.

RENT premiered in 1996, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Although, I have not watched this overseas, I think I can quite safely say that Pangdemonium did no disservice to this well loved musical.  This year’s production of RENT in Singapore is spectacular and it showcases amazing local talent!

RENT is set in NYC amidst social unrest, drug abuse, prejudice, same-sex relationships and HIV AIDS. A group of young talented adults searching for hope, for love and for meaning in life  despite uncertainty, rejection and fears. The narrator Mark (Benjamin Chow who last saw in The LKY Musical and The Three Billy Goats Gruff) is a struggling film-maker and is room mates with doomed musician Roger (Cameron MacDonald). Roger feels depressed and haunted by the suicide of his HIV AIDS girlfriend but inevitably finds love again in a young beautiful but troubled club dancer, Mimi (Tabitha Nauser) who also suffers from HIV AIDS. And then, there is the same-sex relationship between Tech wizard, Collins (Juan Jackson) and drag queen Angel (Aaron Khaled), which is a beautiful giving love that ends in tragedy as Angel dies from HIV as well. This very loving relationship is perhaps starkly contrasted against a more disastrous explosive same sex relationship between wild-child performance artist Maureen (Mina Kaye) and Joanne (Frances Lee), a hot-shot human rights lawyer.  These few friends struggle against all challenges with broken hearts, some fractured friendships, love and loss pushed to the limits and come out perhaps stronger, together.

RENT was first performed 20 years ago in perhaps a somewhat different world when social norms and acceptance was not rampant. In today’s modernity, even in our own Asian society, personal beliefs aside, homosexuality does not seem like a taboo subject anymore. It is still a relevant powerful musical, if not, as a window into the souls of those at society’s fringe.

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Indeed, the hubs and I had an amazing afternoon with the stellar cast of Pangdemonium’s RENT. Just the dance sequences alone were nothing short of awe-inspiring. And then there is the sensational singing of not just one but the entire cast. Personally, I was amazed at the vocal talent and loved every moment of the beautiful singing on stage. One of my personal favourites was Maureen, played by Mina Kaye, who so amazingly thrilled us with her powerful vocals in Little Voice, not so long ago. She made yet another incomparable performance at RENT and I can’t wait to see what she does when she’s back from her studies in the USA. Tabitha Nauser, who played Exotic Dancer Mimi, was a delight to watch with her melodious lyrical voice and sleek dance moves, she charmed the audience effortlessly.

The 2 hours 3o minutes flew by all too quickly and the theatre was lit with thunderous applause from the audience at the end.

The memorable characters are bound to remain with you even as you leave the theatres and yes, the music will make your heart sing and lift your spirits in this dreary October month. RENT is as powerful and as energetic as it is about friendship, acceptance and love in spite of poverty, hopelessness and rejection.

Do catch RENT if you have been lucky to get hold of tickets which are almost sold out already! IF you still have not gotten tickets yet at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/rent1016, check and check again if they may have returns, and GO!

Pangdemonium 2017 Season Ticket

If you missed getting tickets to this yet another  amazing production by Pangdemonium, you may like to snap up the season tickets for 2017 which is available already! Click Pangdemonium 2017 Season Ticket to purchase at SISTIC and you’re sure never to miss out on any of the great productions next year ~ The Pillowman in February, Tango in May and Fun Home in September 2017!

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About RENT

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When:  7 to 23 October 2016 | 7.30pm (Tues – Sat)| 2.30pm (Sat & Sun)| Sun, 23 Oct: 7.30pm

Who: Rating: R18 Mature Content

  • Advisory 16: Mature Content for 12 & 19 October 2016 7.30pm and 15 & 22 October 2016 2.30pm Shows
  • No admission for infant in arms and children below 13 years old

Duration: Approximately 2 hrs 30 min plus 15 min interval

Ticket Price : Exclude SISTIC Charges

Preview (7 Oct 2016)

Standard: S$70, S$50, S$30
Restricted View: S$25

Tue – Thu & Sun matinees
Standard: S$85, S$65, S$45
Restricted View: S$30

Fri & Sat evenings
Standard: S$95, S$75, S$55
Restricted View: S$40

For more information, visit http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/rent1016

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

The Best of Spice & South East Asian Delights @ AquaMarine

AquaMarine has launched their new menu this month.  Located at Marina Mandarin Singapore and specially available only til 27 Oct 2016, the Best of Spice & South East Asian Delights buffet menu features heartwarming authentic dishes from all over Asia.  There were a ridiculous array of various dishes from all over Asia, so much so that I was caught with surprise not knowing the existence of many of them.

A fully Halal-certified restaurant, Muslim friends at AquaMarine will find joy having their meal gathering with family and friends here.

We spotted what we are familiar with like the Javanese Kampung Nasi Goreng, Malaysian Hokkien Mee and Penang Assam Laksa, Balinese Bakar of Lamb Belly, Whole Ikan Kambung, Chicken, Charcoal Grilled Oxtail.  Don’t give the Balinese Bakar a miss.  They were really fragrant and exuded savoury meat juices with some well-grilled crispy skin there too.

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Too bad you can’t smell them!

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Penang Assam Laksa

Penang Assam Laksa

 

Korean Bibim Naengmyun (or Chilled Sweet Potato Noodle with Shredded Cucumber, Beansprout, Scallion, Picked Radish and Assorted Kimchi), Hae Mul Pajeon (Korean Seafood Pancake), Tteokbokki and Samyetang.

Korean Tteokbokki

Japanese handmade sushi and freshly-sliced sashimi remains a crowd-pleaser here.  Two (2) types of sashimi from  a range of Salmon, Seabeam, Tuna, Swordfish, Octopus, Mackerel are being offered on a rotational basis.

We had Tuna and Salmon on the day we visited.

Over at the Indian Delight curry station, scores of diners attacked the Calcutta Fish Curry, Chicken Tika, Vegetable Korma, Biryani Rice and more.

The Indian Chicken Curry was superb with thick and flavourful curry and tender chicken.

For the noodle lovers, there is Sze Chuan Hand-pulled Noodles with Fresh Prawn, Scallop, Squid and Sliced Fish with Hot & Sour Broth, Taiwanese Wagyu Beef Noodle made with Wagyu Shortribs, Tendon and Beef Ball in a rich Beef Marrow Broth.  Shanghai Pan Fried Chicken Dumpling Sheng Jian Bao and Hong Kong Pineapple Bun Bo Lo Bao are our favourites too.

Expect lesser-known traditional favourites from other Asian countries such as Javanese Roast Whole Lamb Leg with Spicy Coconut and Peanut Sauce, Beef Adobo from the Philippines, Ca Kho To (a Vietnamese Braised Fish dish), Miang Kham from Thailand & Laos, Lechon Manok from Philippines and Amok Trey Cambodian Steam Curry Seafood.

Miang kham is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos. The name “miang kham” loosely translates to “one bite wrap”, from miang and kham. ~ Extracted from Wikipedia

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Vietnamese Fried Sliced Beef and French Bean

Vietnamese Fried Sliced Beef and French Bean

Night Market Favourites, available on Fridays and Saturdays at the Alfresco area at AquaMarine, satiate your appetite with charcoal-grilled Thai Barbeque giant Seabass with Mango Salad, chicken, squid, fish and prawns, or Chong Qing Mala Hot Pot with a selection of fresh seafood, poultry and meat.  And more!

I guess no buffet is complete without fresh & cold seafood, Western grill, bread and cheese, pizzas and pastas.

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Satay Chicken Pizza

Satay Chicken Pizza

Seafood Pasta

Seafood Pasta

Smoked Duck with Orange Jus

The Smoked Duck with Orange Jus carries a refreshing tangy and a little sweet flavour to the smoked duck – a nice variant from the savoury original.

Desserts include Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut Sauce from Thailand, Surabaya Lapis from Indonesia, Mango Pudding with Coulis from Hong Kong, Vattalappam from Sri Lanka and more.

Assorted Nyonya Kuehs & Kueh Lapis

Assorted Nyonya Kuehs & Kueh Lapis

Old School Butter Cake and Pumpkin Custard.

Old School Butter Cake and Pumpkin Custard

Don’t forget the Durian Mousse Cake as well as the Chendol Agar-Agar served in shot glasses.  These two were a hot favourite and were gone almost as quickly as they were replenished.

Durian Mousse Cake

Red Ruby, Mango Pudding, Chendol Agar-Agar. I really loved the Chendol Agar-Agar. They were excellently rich and fragrant. I found the Mango Pudding surprisingly tasteless though Audrey said they were good. We guessed I must have had eaten the durian mousse cake before this.

Putu Ayu and Dainty Green Tea Chestnut Cakes

Putu Ayu and Dainty Green Tea Chestnut Cakes

The Yuzu Mango Cold Cheesecake looks really inviting here. The tangy yuzu might be too sour for some. I found it tantalising.

The Yuzu Mango Cold Cheesecake looks really inviting here. The tangy yuzu might be too sour for some. I found it tantalising.

A habit that cannot be changed when I spot beautifully-crafted desserts at a buffet, I always take the most visually-appealing ones first before others get to them.  Here are my “collection” of the day even before I finished having the main dishes.  Always gotta save a stomach for sweets!  ;p

Amazing buffets hold a special place in all our hearts.  Who wouldn’t love to pay single flat amount and have all-you-can-eat?  AquaMarine is well-known being one of the better buffets in Singapore and it was certainly not our first time as diners there (I mean, who doesn’t know AquaMarine?) although it’s our first hosted invite by Marina Mandarin as bloggers.  Thanks!

AquaMarine’s Operating Hours

Breakfast: 6.30am – 10.30am

Lunch: 
Monday to Friday: 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

S$60++ per adult, S$30++ per child (5-12 yrs)

For weekend lunch (Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday), one child dines free with every paying adult.  Promotion applicable to child aged below 12 and advanced reservations are recommended and subjected to availability.  This benefit is applicable with credit card promotions, vouchers, membership/VIP card, and privileges and offers unless otherwise stated. General Terms and Conditions apply.

Dinner:
Sunday to Thursday: 6.30pm – 10.00pm

S$70++ per adult, S$35++ per child (5-12 yrs)

Friday, Saturday & Eve of Public Holiday: 6.30pm – 10.00pm

S$80++ per adult, S$40++ per child (5-12 yrs)

Reservations & Enquiries:
Call (65) 6845 1111, email aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com or visit www.marinamandarin.com.sg/dining for more information.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be invited for a sumptious lunch at AquaMarine, for the purposes of this review. We were not remunerated monetarily for the review, all opinions and experiences remain our own alone. All photos unless otherwise mentioned are copyright of AquaMarine and were provided for the purposes of this review.  All other photos remain the copyright property of SAys! Happy Mums and may not be reproduced without prior notice or written permission given.

~ SAys! Shirley :) 

About Marina Mandarin Singapore, by Meritus

Marina Mandarin Singapore is a world-class, 5-star luxury hotel that offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay and the financial district.

Enjoying an excellent location in the heart of the city, the hotel has direct access to the Marina Square Shopping Mall, and is opposite the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre and The Esplanade–Singapore’s premier performing arts centre. The hotel is also perfectly situated right on the trackside of the annual Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race.

Complemented by a host of comprehensive amenities, the hotel’s 575 well-appointed guest rooms and suites are specially tailored to meet the needs of discerning business and leisure travellers.

With a distinctively majestic atrium soaring through 21 levels of the hotel, Marina Mandarin Singapore is imbued with a philosophy of providing Asian grace, warmth and care in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance.

About Meritus Hotels & Resorts

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is a Singapore-based hotel management company under the Hospitality Division of OUE Limited (SGX-ST: “OUE”), a diversified real estate owner, developer and operator with a portfolio of iconic properties in prime locations in Asia and the United States.

As an award-winning hospitality brand, Meritus has been providing guests its signature Asian Grace, Warmth and Care for over 40 years. With hotels and resorts strategically located in key cities and idyllic sanctuaries in Singapore and Malaysia, Meritus is soon extending its footprint in more locations around the region, particularly in Southeast Asia and China.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is three-time winner of Most Popular Heritage Brand at the Singapore Prestige Brand Award (SPBA), demonstrating its impact as a home-grown Singapore brand that has become an important benchmark for values and best practices that other local brand owners strive to attain. More recently, the Group was also conferred Global Winner – Luxury Hotel Chain at the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2013.

For more information visit www.meritushotels.com.

{Giveaway} Win Tickets to ITheatre’s The Magic Paintbrush Worth Over $192!

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We’re all excited to catch I Theatre’s latest 2016 production for their 15th Anniversary Celebrations, The Magic Paintbrush! This latest production will run from 27 October to 12 November 2016 at the Drama Centre Theatre.

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Read all about it in our preview here 🙂 and book your tickets early from SISTIC at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/paint1116?cid=itheatre-HLI-paint1116 for fun year end treat!

 

Happy Children’s Day and here’s our little surprise just for SAys! Happy Mums’ lovely loyal readers and the kiddos!

GIVEAWAY : WIN 3 pairs of Tickets worth $192!

We’re really excited to have 3 pairs of tickets to I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrushworth more than $192, for giveaway! That’s right! 3 lucky readers will get a pair of tickets each to go to The Magic Paintbrush on 29 October 2016, Saturday 11am. Wow!!

So, get set and start sharing this post on your Facebook to be one of our lucky winners!!

 

To take part and qualify, please make sure all the following steps are completed:

1) COMMENT on this blog post stating the age of your children, your Facebook Name and Email address.

2) LIKE SAys! Happy Mums  and I Theatre on Facebook.

3) LIKE and SHARE this Facebook post with the caption “Tag @Friend A Tag @Friend B Tag @Friend C Tag @Friend D Tag @Friend E I want to watch I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrush with @SAys Happy Mums”. DO set your post to PUBLIC so that we are able to verify your entry.

Bonus entry:

  1. Follow us on Instagram {@sayshappymums}
  2. Repost this photo on IG and tag @sayshappymums @itheatresg #TheMagicPaintbrush + 3 Friends

Terms and Conditions:

  • Giveaway ends 22 October 2016, Saturday at 11.59PM.
  • Show date and time is on  29 October 2016, Saturday 11am and cannot be changed to a different day or time.
  • The Winner will be notified by the email provided under the blog comments and must reply within 24 hours, failing which, a new winner will be drawn, without notice.
  • The Sponsor reserves the right to request for a redraw if the drawn winner on our blog has also won tickets to the show from another giveaway.
  • All tickets are to be collected by 28 October 2016, 5pm at I Theatre’s office,  27 Kerbau Road Singapore 219163. Tel: (65)6341 5960.
  • This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only.
  • Incomplete entries will be disqualified without notice. Decisions are final and no changes/disputes will be entertained.
  • All information is solely collected for the purpose of this giveaway and we will not send unsolicited emails to your inbox unless you have opted to subscribe to us (on the right!).
  • This giveaway is in no manner associated with any social media accounts except our blog.
Best of luck and we hope to catch you having fun at the theatres with The Magic Paintbrush very soon! Watch for our review post soon too!

Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.

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SAys! Audrey 🙂 

All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About The Magic Paintbrush

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When: 27 October to 12 November 2016| Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 75 minutes plus 15 minutes interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide

{Preview} I Theatre’s The Magic Paintbrush

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Closing this year’s wonderful 15th Anniversary Celebrations, I Theatre presents a reworked version from their 2000 production of The Magic Paintbrush from 27 October to 12 November 2016 at the Drama Centre Theatre.
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The Magic Paintbrush is a musical treat just right for the entire family and a great end of term, after exams treat! Based on a well-known Chinese folk tale, I Theatre’s highly talented cast of established local actors bring to life an amazing magical story.
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Toni Lee, a youngster from present-day Singapore is struggling with the pressures and stress of schoolwork and parental expectations. With an accidental wish, Toni quite unexpectedly meets a Magical Paintbrush, and is transported back in time to a Southern Province of China, where, in a series of magical adventures, Ma Liang’’s story unfolds.
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Meet the tuneful Phoenix who guides and helps Ma Liang with his quest. Watch out for the comical Palace Guards, Sotong and Shrimp, as they try to capture Ma Liang for the cruel, greedy Emperor and his wicked schemes!
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Through the fun and laughter, a clear and strong moral message about the value of creativity, friendship, and the dangers of using, or abusing power is presented in this magical, musical family show. Expect madcap characters, lively memorable music, comedy to intrigue your little ones at The Magic Paintbrush .
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We’re really excited to watch this ‘new’ production which promises marvellous music, puppets and lively action against a witty script!
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We quite sure that I Theatre must have kept the best to the last after such a wonderful season including The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Rainbow Fish and Little Star!  So don’t miss this chance to have great time of family bonding and fun at the theatres. Book your tickets early at http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/paint1116?cid=itheatre-HLI-paint1116
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Thank you for joining us on SAys! Happy Mums.  If you liked what you read on our blog, please follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  We hope to see you back again soon.
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SAys! Audrey 🙂 

All photos unless otherwise stated are copyright of I Theatre.

About The Magic Paintbrush

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When: 27 October to 12 November 2016| Mon – Fri: 10am | Sat: 10.30am & 2.30pm

Where: Drama Centre Theatre

Who: 3 years and above and their families

Ticket Pricing : Standard $32 (Excludes Booking Fee)

Duration: 75 minutes plus 15 minutes interval

Tickets available through:
SISTIC Website

SISTIC Hotline (65) 6348 5555
SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide