23 February 2012

Durian Cake

Durian cake from Feast @ East Buffet Restaurant

Among all the durian cakes I’ve tried, this one left the deepest impression! 2 thin layers of sponge cake compact with durian. Not sinfully sweet or overwhelming, just wholesome and light. It makes an ideal dessert especially after a heavy main course. Simply can't get enough of it!


Nestled at the heart of charming Katong, Feast @ East Buffet restaurant serves diverse blend of Asian comfort food, setting is cosy and contemporary. Very suitable for gatherings or dating!

Another reason to come back to this restaurant is because the owners are Singaporeans. Yap! I support businesses run by fellow Singaporeans!


Cost:
Dinner
Monday - Thursday: S$ 42++
Friday - Sunday: S$ 44++
Lunch
Monday - Sunday: S$ 38++

Address:
Grand Mercure Roxy Singapore Hotel, level 3 (opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre)
50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square, Singapore 428769.

Parking:
At the hotel
ROXY 1, the shopping center behind the hotel
Public car park along the road in front of the hotel

18 February 2012

Wedding


This gentle, kind and loving couple got together through Clique Wise social events on Feb 2010. 2 years later, they are happily married. I am glad to witness how their love blossoms! Thank God!


I have attended weddings of couples who have met through our events. I noticed that they have these characteristics:
  • Easy-going, not calculative
  • Gracious, polite, friendly
  • Humble
  • Positive, open to meet people
  • Proactive
Their love story was featured in RazorTV as well.
Hope their joyful union inspires all to find bliss!

11 February 2012

Love Scams



Tips to Avoid Love Scammers

Singapore Police released their crime statistics which reflected that cases of online love scams has increased – from 21 cases in 2010 to 62 cases in 2011. The total amount cheated also rose from about $824,000 in 2010 to about $2.3 million in 2011. Most victims are female, and above 40.

Why most of the victims are female?
Both men and women are as prone to be cheated. With the sprouting of social media and internet dating websites, people are more receptive towards making friends online. These online scammers tend to target women in 40s as they have savings, single and open to meet friends online.

These ladies are established in their career, some of them do feel empty and hope to find a partner to share their life with. They come to realise the importance of having a family besides career. They do feel the pressure to settle down soon. In addition, some of these ladies are less street/ savvy in verifying friendship made through social media.

Examples of these scams have been around for years, why do victims still fall for it?
Firstly, when the scammer established the emotional connections and trust with the victim, they will paint a picture of happy family with the victim. In hope of being loved and a better future, victims fell for the scams.
Secondly, some ladies may not be informed enough on identifying Love Scams.

Safelty tips to making new friends
As people realize life is more meaningful shared together with someone else, they see the importance of socializing. How do we protect ourselves?

Here are some tips to protect ourselves while enlarging our social network:

1. If you want to befriend foreigners via dating websites, add them in facebook, linked or twitter. Check out their photos and get an idea of their lifestyle/relations/background. A sincere healthy honest person will have people communicating with them online and photo tagged by/with their colleagues/friends/families.

2. Interact with their peers to verify consistency of his/her character and information.

3. They might claim to be widow/divorcee to win sympathy points. Ask him/her to show the photos of them with their children. Add them in your facebook and video chat with them.

4. It's always the same plot. After months of chatting and building the relationship, culprits will want to meet the victims to discuss on marriage. On the way, culprits claim to be stucked in customs and expect victims to redeem them. Or their expensive gift is stuck at the customs, they ask victims to pay X amount of money to release it. Or culprits has a great investment to share with victims. Victims may be invited to be a director of the company or culprits may simply ask for an loan due to financial difficulties.

As urgent as culprits may sound, don't let them push you into it. Tell him you needed time to think. Discuss with a wise friend/family, get clarity, document all the information, check the sources of the email addresses/phone telephones and you will have a clearer idea of what to do. 999 is just a phone call away.

5. In other situations, culprits may request the victims to perform sexual acts in front of their webcams, record these acts without the victims‟ knowledge and subsequently threaten to circulate compromising photos and videos of the victims to extort money from them.

Police advise not to accede to any request that may put you in a vulnerable positions, such as performing compromising acts in front of the webcam, or give personal details about yourself when interacting with other internet users.

6. Inform the police immediately if anyone attempts to extort money from you. Do not remit or transfer money to people whom you do not know well enough.

7. It is safer to meet new friends through facilitated group settings where people meet face to face. Clique Wise is an established company which runs social events for singles weekly. We collect the participants’ name, IC, contact number so as to verify their status before our events. We take in Singaporeans, PR and expats participants only.

8 February 2012

Punggol Promenade

To prepare an article on Valentines events, LianHe ZaoBao requested for images of Clique Wise's event that’s going to be held at Punggol Promenade end of this month. Hence I arranged a photo shoot few days ago.

Photographer giving art direction to the models. Check out the view!

That morning, the sky was threatening with dark clouds. I prayed. God answered my prayer exceedingly, it was sunny throughout the photography session. We had a fun and fruitful time together!

Lydia chatting with the models

The article was on the cover page of zbNOW today. I was quoted in the article. My dad saw the news article and asked about this place. Mum pestered me to bring her out. So here I am at Punggol Promenade again. This time with my parents!


Punggol Promenade is a new park along Serangoon Reservoir. About 10 min walk from Riveria LRT. Ultra-peaceful, scenic and clean. Awesome place to laze, reflect, dine, stroll, cycle, jog and patok!!! 
 
Ideal date venue

My parents and I strolled, basked in cool of the sunset, then dined at a cozy lounge overlooking the park. Imagine a pair of old folks in their 80s, chilling out among yuppies who are drinking wine and cocktails. My parents are totally cool about it! In fact they LOVE it! I am sooooo going to bring them here again!

Beauties in the park

Patok = date in singlish

2 February 2012

Journey

A lady posted this catchy quotation on her Facebook.

Forget about the pursuit of happiness. That way lies grief. Concentrate on the happiness of pursuit.

This is a quotation from the book "Psychology of Happiness", the author saw this quotation on a poster.

Thumbs up Hi-5* agree with this statement!
Too many times, we get too goal-oriented that we forgot to smell the roses that God has planted along the way.

This is especially real in relationships. Parents get so sucked into the system of "meritocrazy", kept pushing the kids for results that they miss the innocent fun of childhood. Couples get so engrossed in planning the perfect wedding, end up quarrelling and spoilt the joy of doing things together. Singles get so determined to win the most eligible mate that they kill the romance away.

Meritocracy is an ideology, perfect wedding only happens in fairy tales, eligibility is set by peers and society. Why let someone's ideology, someone's stories, someone's definition affect your pursuit of happiness?

I am not encouraging people to get distracted, go off course or lost direction. When we enjoy the journey, it lightens the stress of winning/losing. The irony is when we enjoy the process, we increase the possibility of winning! Eg: ladies has to enjoy talking with you before she will agree to go on dates with you right?!

All we have to do is take a step back. Breathe. Hear our heart's desire (Hint: usually it is simple, like spending a little quality time with our loved ones). Appreciate whatever we have and enjoy the scenery! Oh.. We might catch the rainbow along the way! J