Author: Rachel

Limited Edition Riz Labo Strawberry Soufflé Pancakes with Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Strawberry Sauce [$20++]

Today’s my first time trying these pretty Japanese soufflé pancakes! I shared these with my mum 🍓 Decided to pay a visit after reading reviews of various new soufflé pancake places in Singapore and seeing Riz Labo being voted as the best in town.

Riz Labo Kitchen hails from Omotesando in Tokyo, Japan, some Japanese people work there so you know it’s pretty legit.

It’s located on level 4 within Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria, near the escalators. It’s taken over what was previously Bar Nippon, so the ambience is very bar-like and dark.

The pancakes are made fresh when you order, so we waited about 20 min for the pancakes.

The menu mentioned that the soufflé pancakes are made with egg whites, and Japanese organic, gluten-free rice flour which was promising! We did find that the pancakes were pretty eggy in terms of taste, colour and smell so there are probably lots of egg yolks involved 🤷🏻‍♀️ To me, the pancakes kind of taste like chiffon cake meets pancakes.

We thought the whipped cream would have been better if it was fresh, cold + real not artificial whipped cream. The vanilla ice cream (not strawberry as stated in the menu) went really well with the pancakes.

Personally, I thought the price of the pancakes was pretty steep for the ingredients involved and also it wasn’t that satisfying. Perhaps it’s the labour costs involved in making the pancakes that explains the price 🤷🏻‍♀️

PS. They don’t serve tap water. Recommend ordering the $3 refillable English tea if you don’t have any water.

There’s a new Taiwanese bubble tea store in town, and it’s called The Moment. Each cup has a very philosophical saying printed on: “We remember the moments not the days”.

Located just outside Telok Ayer MRT Exit B (formerly the now-defunct poke place, Pololi Singapore).

I ordered the Matcha Latte with Red Bean and Pearls [$5.90].

I was contemplating getting the famous bamboo charcoal grey milk tea, but after reading reviews saying it was expensive and bland, I decided to go with my gut and ordered this instead with pearls.

It’s a really good combo, I love the delicious, generous amount of chewy red bean and pearls. I had no complaints! Let me know in the comments what’s your favourite drink at The Moment ☺️

Took me 7 days to finish this massive 471-page tome! The Night Tiger is a unique mystery novel set in 1930s Perak, Malaysia during the colonial era. The main plot involves 11 year old Chinese servant boy Ren’s secret mission to find and return a missing disembodied finger to his master’s grave within 49 days, or else his spirit will roam the earth for eternity. Intertwined with Ren’s story is the story of our protagonist, Ji Lin, a young woman who moonlights as a dancehall hostess to pay off her mother’s mahjong debts and her misadventures in love. Throughout the book, deaths occur under mysterious circumstances.

While Yangsze Choo expertly weaves in Chinese and Malay myths of weretigers and dream-eating tapirs, we see dual worlds in this book converge: the worlds of the living and the dead, the worlds of the masters and the servants, the worlds of boys and girls, the worlds of what is taboo and what is socially acceptable, and the worlds of dreams and reality.

One of my favourite lines is: “The European werewolf is a man who, when the moon is full, turns his skin inside out and becomes a beast. He then leaves the village and goes into the forest to kill. But for the natives here, the weretiger is not a man, but a beast who, when he chooses, puts on human skin and comes from the jungle into the village to prey on humans. It’s almost exactly the reverse situation, and in some ways more disturbing.”

The Night Tiger is very much historical fiction mixed with magical realism. I’m not the most patient reader so the book felt like a long, occasionally confusing and repetitive, meandering trek through a forest with no end in sight, observing every leaf and investigating every sound along the way.. I felt that the characters were better written than the plot which felt a little thin at times.

The story was a lot slower in pace than anticipated and at times, most of the book could have been better edited for conciseness. Having said that, Yangsze Choo is a hardworking storyteller with a vivid imagination and admirable ability to write.

Some books that remind me of The Night Tiger are: Life of Pi, Midnight’s Children and Crazy Rich Asians.

First and foremost, They Told Us To Move is an important piece of Singapore history.

They Told Us to Move is a collection of interviews, reflections and short essays about many elderly Singaporean residents who had to relocate from Dakota (one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates) to Cassia Crescent and the volunteers from the Cassia Resettlement Team who provided support during this relocation process.

This book gives a voice to a segment of society whose opinions are often unheard and ignored – the elderly.

It provides clear insight into how the elderly are not sickly and frail people we can just cast aside and forget about.

The older generation like us have their own vivid lives and memories and connections to the community. Their lived experiences and stories are just as important as ours. And in the face of adversity, change and loneliness, they prove to be really resilient in character and are pretty hopeful and optimistic about their new lives and memories, even when their important ties to the community around them are removed, and their homes in which they have lived in for so many decades are pulled down to make way for economic redevelopment.

They Told Us to Move is a bittersweet call to arms, to think about what we want Singapore society to be, and to acknowledge and embrace the community around us and to extend a helping hand to our neighbours.

They Told Us to Move: Dakota—Cassia edited by Ng Kok Hoe and the Cassia Resettlement Team published by Ethos Books (2019)

Nuud deodorant – does it work?

I guess you could say I’m very impressionable. I bought this environmentally friendly nuud deodorant after seeing an ad on Instagram Stories, reading online reviews and reading the website. I had very high hopes because of all of the positive reviews online and numerous claims on the website.

Disclaimer: I didn’t come across any negative reviews prior to purchasing, and perhaps that should have been a huge red flag. This is my review after using this product every single day for 24 days. I did not use any other deodorant during this period of time.

First and foremost, I bought this Nuud Starter Pack from nuudcare.com for €12.95 which works out to about SGD19.71. The starter pack tube is 15ml and supposedly lasts for around 6 weeks on average. Quite expensive for what it is I think. If I’m not mistaken, nuud deodorant is from Utrecht, Netherlands.

There are also a ton of claims on the website of what nuud deodorant can do.

I’ll summarise them below:-

⁃ Environmentally friendly

⁃ All natural product

⁃ 100% vegan and no animal testing

⁃ No aluminium, no parabens, no propellants, no artificial fragrances, no chemicals, no alcohol

⁃ No stains

⁃ No clogging, healthy sweating

⁃ Sugar cane tube and biodegradable cardboard box packaging

⁃ Sustainable production and CO2 neutral free shipping

⁃ Patented formula

⁃ Odor free application from 3-7 days with one single application, prevents odor by neutralising bacteria

⁃ Exercising, showering, being active = 100% effective

Do products we see advertised on Instagram really work? I saw lots of positive reviews about how this product worked for days with a single application and was thrilled.

Sadly I don’t really think this product is for me. I’m not sure if I will actually re-purchase when this runs out. Let me go through some of the website claims versus my experience.

No stains: Ok I think this is fairly true. Deodorants that contain aluminium leave a yellow stain on certain clothing around the pits over time. This deodorant doesn’t contain harmful aluminium. Conclusion: I’ve only used this product for a little under one month and haven’t worn lots of white long sleeved shirts lately, so it could be a premature conclusion. But so far, no stains.

No clogging, healthy sweating: This means that the nuud deodorant is NOT an anti-perspirant but a deodorant. Personally, I will agree that it is not an anti-perspirant and allows you to sweat. Whether or not that sweat is “healthy” sweat per se I think is arguable. Does it clog? The nuud deodorant does leave a sunscreen-like texture on your skin. You also have to apply it to your pits with your hands like sunscreen. I also found that it would probably be advisable to wash off the nuud deodorant before using any hair removal cream as I found that applying hair removal cream directly may result in less effective hair removal results. Conclusion: no clogging to an extent, healthy sweating to an extent.

Odor free application from 3-7 days with one single application, prevents odor by neutralising bacteria and exercising, showering, being active = 100% effective: This one I disagree with almost entirely. Conclusion: For me, it lasted at most 2 days on one occasion only, and some days it lasts less than a few hours without exercise even. Nuud recommends that you apply their deodorant to your armpits right after showering. Idk that just doesn’t sit with me, after showering I like to be free of any product on my body. My experience is that the deodorant doesn’t work effectively every day, and some days you’re probably not any worse off skipping on the deodorant (maybe even worse off by using deodorant). For me the nuud deodorant doesn’t deodorise sometimes, especially living in a humid country, resulting in a lot of self-consciousness and annoyance.

I don’t think this product deodorises bacteria well and wouldn’t recommend using this if you can’t afford it and if you live in a warm country and if you sweat a lot. Just no.

Only buy this if you live in a cold country, don’t sweat much, and can afford this expensive deodorant. That’s my personal take on this nuud deodorant in terms of deodorising. Also, the website claims the deodorant is VERY concentrated and even that a pea-sized blob of deodorant can last days. I disagree with this claim. I find that for nuud deodorant to work somewhat effectively for me in 30 degree weather, I have to use about 2 pea sized blobs per pit. I don’t think the deodorant is concentrated at all. If I use too little deodorant (i.e. one pea sized blob), it simply doesn’t work at all.

Lastly, for full disclosure, I just want to add that I left a comment asking how long the “detox period” should last and saying that it hasn’t really worked well for me so far on nuud’s Instagram account and my comment was deleted subsequently by them/their supposed bot.

Whether there are any other remotely negative comments on the product which were left on their Instagram and which have since been deleted – I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

Feel free to let me know in the comments your honest views/opinions after having used nuud deodorant!

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