Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Arbora SG by One Faber Group

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Last Friday, 12th October 2018, marked a new milestone for One Faber Group with the launched of Arbora (an eponym for Latin word "Arbor", which refers to trees), a new hilltop garden dining you can experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The inspiration for this name is found in its distinguished location: Arbora is surrounded by Mount Faber Park- one of Singapore's earliest park which sprawls over 40 hectares of verdant treetops and home to a variety of flora and fauna.

Happiest annoucement to the kids, especially Xav was "let's keep the books away for today and go for a cable car ride"! Here's another reason to ditch your cars and go for a cable car ride! 

This time, not into Sentosa Island but to this hilltop sanctuary located 100m above sea level and be greeted by the tranquility, the lush greenery of Mount Faber, majestic views of the rainforest hillside, Harbour Front and Sentosa Island which made up the picture-perfect skyline as the backdrop. 

Vera found a bell which had her name among the many bells, what sharp eyes!

With the performance of @shiliandadi, their beautiful voices filled the alfresco space, just right beside the heart-shaped tree

and the Bell of Happiness, I was totally in love with the setting!

Isn't this venue perfect to have the lifetime vows exchanged? Even Vera could not help but danced to the tunes.

If you are wondering about the seating capacity, Arbora can seat up to a total of 160 guests: 40 indoors and 120 alfresco. You can alway check with them if you need a private booking.

Photo credit: @wom_sgpr

Another instagrammable spot would be the 13 by 3-metre lush foliage feature wall that provides a visual anchor to the restaurant.

Me & @ilovedefamily

Kids entertained themselves with koi feeding right infront of the feature wall. 

We were kept occupied during the event with activites such as planting your own seeds with @UrbanFarmandBarn

Pressed flower bookmark making with @senseofarts

and it was really great to meet social media friends in real person after seeing them on my social media feed all these while!

Me and Tracy (@Gilmangirl)

@InstaprintSG got our photos printed, how lovely ! 

We got to taste some of the delectable dishes on Arbora's menu. Arbora offers an all-day dinning menu with 35 selections that includes delectable starters, entrees and desserts, created by
Executive Chef Kenny Yeo. A local master chef with over three decades of culinary experience from stints at Le Centenaire, a Michelin 3-Star Hotel in France, and the French kitchen of JQ Concepts Pte Ltd in Taipei, Chef Kenny is also the one who inspired the European tapas menu at the successful Dusk Restaurant & Bar, a sister restaurant located on Faber Peak. 

These are some other western favourites on the menu, I tried the smoked duck mushroom ragout, it tasted not too heavy (Jer-lak) nor oily, I went on for a second serving. So much so that, I did not have any picture of it as I was busy feeding myself.

Photo credit: One Faber Group

I would love to try out The ultimate catch fisherman's stew in tomato-based seafood sauce, made up of delicious dish of lobster, slow-cooked tender abalone, scallops and squid coupled with a slice of garlic bread that comes with it on my next visit!

Photo credit: One Faber Group

You can also expect some twists in Chef Kenny's creations: the Rack of Lam (S$36++)  is served with homemade prune sauce instead of mint jelly.

Photo credit: One Faber Group

For beverages, be spoilt for choices with the variety of fresh-press juices, craft beers (locally produced with no preservatives) to Botanical-inspired cocktails! 

For the health conscious, the made-to-order fresh-pressed juices are available in three variations, all made with locally sourced ingredients. The Tropi-Kale (S$12++) features the superfood kale blended with a delicious mix of pineapple sweetness and green apple tartness, while Sun-kissed Quencher (S$12++) is served with fresh-cut watermelon cubes to bring a different mouthfeel to the thirst-quenching fruit. The Anti-Oxidant (S$12++) highlights beetroots's multi-nutritional contents, complemented by a refreshing hint of orange zest to balance the earthy flavours. 

I loved the concotion of Botanic Zest, it was something different this time, concocted by a practiced hand in mixology, the Botanic Zest (S$15++)  features juniper berries, young julienned ginger infused with honey mixed in Roku Gin. 

while the Honey & Spice (S$15++) combines Pernod and triplle sec with wild honey, star anise and kaffir lime.

Photo credit: One Faber Group

The botanical inspirations in all five curated Arbora cocktails (S$14 - S$19) are expressed in the thoughtful use of fruits, spices and condiment with spirits. 

I will strongly recommend Arbora SG if you would like somewhere to chill out with family and friends or go on a romantic date. Being family-friendly is already an attracting factor me to visit again, to dine over good food and drinks while soaking in the tranquility of the setting with a perfect view. 

109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak Singapore
Singapore 099203  
Arbora SG operates daily from 11 am to 11pm (Last order at 10pm)

How to get there: 

By MRT & Cable Car 

If you are coming by from HarbourFront MRT station, take Exit B towards HarbourFront Centre. Cross the link bridge (beside KFC, level 2) to get to Singapore Cable Car at HarbourFront Tower Two (Refer to map). Tickets are available at HarbourFront Tower Two ground floor.
Faber Peak Singapore is approximately 5 - 7 minutes from Harbourfront Station (alight at Mount Faber Station). 

Click here to see how you can get your unlimited cable car rides!

By Car

Turning into Mount Faber Road from Lower Delta Road or Kampong Bahru Road will take you straight up to Faber Peak Singapore. The ride is only 15 minutes from the city!
For more information on parking, click HERE

Do check out the OPENING PROMOTIONS 

To celebrate the opening of Arbora, the restaurant is offering a complimentary snack or salad to diners who order any two mains from the menu. On top of that, diners can also take this opportunity to try the signature Arbora craft beers at a promotional price of S$30++ for 3 bottles (U.P. S$36++). Visit www.onefabergroup.com/arbora to find out more details on the promotions. 

Thanks One Faber Group and Word of Mouth Communications for the lovely evening! 

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Monday, October 1, 2018

[Giveaway - Ended] Eu Yan Sang Health Food + Supplement for Adults

The preference of seeing a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Sinseh and administering Chinese medicine started after I gave birth to Xavier. I will only consult a western doctor if a fast diagnosis and immediate relief is needed to help stabilized a serious condition.

I was on TCM treatment for 6 months so as to build up my health better before I conceived Vera. I continued to nourish myself with the prescribed herbs through out the whole pregnancy and for the whole confinement.

In my personal opinion and also a fact, western drug works faster, relieves and suppresses the symptoms but not solving the root cause as compared to chinese herbs, which on the other hand, takes longer time to see the effect. However, chinese herbs can help balance up our body and improves our health over time if we need to tackle any root cause of a particular symptoms.

It has been a decade that herbal soup has been part of the family's menu.To decide on the choice of soup for the day, I will take into consideration of their health status and the weather. When it comes to buying herbs and medicine, apart from patronizing the usual medicine hall I usually go to whenever I need a sinseh consultation, Eu Yan Sang Singapore, being the largest and the most established Chinese Medicine brand in Asia, has served generations of consumers for over 139 years, is one of the brands I have always trusted.  

When I was younger, my mom would always warm up bottles of Chicken Essence when I needed to mug for exams, just to give me an extra boost.

When I stepped into workforce, I faced long shift hours, I would followed what my mom used to do for me. I would warm up bottles of Chicken Essence  periodically to help deal with fatigue and giving my body some nourishment.

When I was a new mother-to-be, I consumed bottles of chicken essence as prenatal nourishment for self and it has even be part of my family's menu.

Of so many brands out in the market, why choose Eu Yan Sang Traditional Essence of Chicken? The bottles contain 100% pure chicken goodness made from premium graded fresh chicken and since the kids will be taking it as well, I would prefer to choose products that is 100% natural, no added preservatives, no added food flavouring and salt, no cholestrol, no fats and most importantly, no caramel colouring.

Eu Yan Sang Traditional Essence of Chicken [传统口味鸡精], 6 x 70g bottles per box, $19.90

Why go for supplements that has no caramel colouring? To simplify it, caramel color is the most widely used and added to many soft drinks (think cola and beer) and some food to brown them, making them more appetizing (which explains why I do not give soft drinks to the kids especially Coke if I have the option).    

Caramel color can lead to the following health effects:
- High blood pressure
- Cancer
- Lowered immunity
- Allergies

For people with history of skin disorder and especially, Vera, who has a history of severe eczema and a long list of food allergies including certain sugar, preservatives and gluten, which are among the list. I have to be extra cautious of what is going to go into and on her body (Read on my eczema management)

Back to caramel coloring, certain ingredients such as milk, corn dextrose or wheat starch are used but these ingredients are not usually reflected on the product labelling. Hence, it is best to choose a product that is free from such ingredient. 

For the busy moms, this is the easiest recipe. Just buy drumsticks, remove the fats, rinse it and pour the bottles of chicken essence over it, enough to cover the drumsticks. I would prefer to use a slow cooker to cook this instead of using a pressure cooker. 

Don and the kids has always love this chicken soup, the easiest to cook yet nourishing and warming for the tired bodies. Otherwise, just soak a bottle in a bowl of hot water to warm it up. 

These recent years, it was interesting to learn that each organ has to rest and regenerate by themselves when we are fully at rest and certain organs are linked to the different emotions:
1. The Lungs - Sadness & Grief
2. The Spleen - Over thinking & worry
3. The Kidneys - Fear
4. The Heart - Joy
5. The Liver - Anger

Thus, sleeping before midnight is pretty much advisable.

Liver, our body's chemical plant, it is an extremely important organ of the body, if it is not being taken care of, it will be funtioning at a less than optimum level. I will list some of the problems which I read before but not all. Do see if you are experiencing some of this:
- Sugar cravings (I think mine is quite serious)
- Sluggish metabolism
- Frequent fatigue
- Poor memory (Due to insufficient sleep, even adult needs 8 hours of restful sleep.)
- Oily skin (I have this all along and trying to reduce it with skin products do not solve the root cause, believe it or not, it is all linked to the organs.)
- Over weight / in ability to lose weight
- Hormonal imbalance (Liver regulates hormones and hormones production, if the liver fails to not being able to digest the fats properly, hence not being able to build the building blocks which hormones are made of.)
- Skin disorders (Itching rashes, blemishes, acne, eczema, warts etc) . This is also why I used essential oils for liver support on the liver vitalflex point for Vera, even after she has recovered from her flare. (Read Eczema Management here)
- Weakened immune (Proteins are not metabolize (in the liver) to make white blood cells.
- Intolerance to smell / chemical
- Anger and irritability ( I can attest by my daily short fused )
- Presbyopia aka Lao Hua (Told to me by an Optometrist, this usually kicks in after one turns 40 and is an inevitable aging process of the eye.) One of my friends started to get it in her mid thirties, hence, it be be even earlier than when we turn 40.

I took the opportunity to ask my TCM Sinseh, who have told me to work on strengthening of liver as a form of measure to counter Presbyopia. I do not have any as of now and hope to start on something to work on my liver, apart from using the esssential oils for liver care.

In all, a well-functioning liver plays a huge part in our overall health. Otherwise, we will foresee a wide range of physical and mental problems kicking in. This is also why I enforce a strict routine for the kids bedtime, lights out is usually between 9 - 9.30pm. Sorry Xav and Vera, your mummy is not a chill mum here who allows late nights.

If you are starting to look around for liver and immune support supplements, these two are my selection from Eu Yang Sang.

Eu Yan Sang Liva Max 

It contains 100% Antrodia Cinnamomea (AC) Mycellum, a highly valued herb found only in Taiwan. EYS Liva Max supports liver health, promotes vitality, restores energy and enhance overall immune health.

AC is a highly valued herb found only in Taiwan and is a trusted remedy for promoting liver health and alleviating liver conditions. It is 100% natural, no added preservatives and vegetarian friendly. 

This is best suitable for night owls if you are like myself who always keep late nights, seniors, smokers, alcoholic drinkers, office executives and vegetarians.

However, pregnant and lactating mums, young children are NOT suitable to consume and also if you are suffering from fever, influenza and during your menses.

60 x 500mg capsules / box , $139 per bottle 

Most of us would have heard about the benefits of Lingzhi, I always know it as the king of herbs and in the ancient times, this herb was known to energize the Chi or lifeforce and was known as the 'Elixir to Immortality" if one takes it on a frequent basis.

Eu Yan Sang Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder Capsules

I read that cracked spores powder is even better than the mushroom itself in terms of its therapeutic properties and effectiveness. The cracked spores powder is obtained from the matured Lingzhi but the procuring is a challenge as the cracked spores is only produced for 10 days in the entire year. The cracked spores powder is absorbed by the body more easily than the uncracked spores powder.

Before Eu Yan Sang sent this over, Don was recommended this product by his colleagues and has been consuming this on a regular basis to help with fatigue due to long, hectic working hours. As they advanced to the mid 40s, metabolism started to slow down as well. Not to mention him, I felt the same of myself too as I have been gradually changing my clothes to a size bigger.

EYS Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder can also help to enhance our immunity, metabolism, general well being, promote better digestion and blood circulation.

60 x 200mg capsules per box, $119

It also comes in :
- Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder Capsules 240 x 200mg capsules, $389
- Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder Capsules Plus 60 x 300mg capsules, $139
- Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder Capsules Plus 120 x 300mg capsules, $248

You can get this at a pretty good deal when they have it during their promotion. But then again, if this is essential for you, why wait until there is a sale. I like to stock up products from EYS during my birthday month too, utilizing the birthday discount with a 20% off. 

Thank you for your patience in reading through the lengthy post. Here's something really exciting as Eu Yan Sang Singapore has generously sponsored a bundle of the above (worth $227.90) for a GIVEAWAY !

Simply follow the follow the following steps:

1. Like Eu Yan Sang Singapore and Xavvy-licious' Facebook Page.
2. Follow Eu Yan Sang_Singapore and Xavvy-licious' Instagram.
3. Under the facebook comment, name me one similar benefit that EYS Lingzhi Cracked Spores Powder and EYS Liver Max can help our health. and tag 3 friends together with your comments.

Terms and Condition:
1. Contest runs from 1 - 8 October 2018, 2359 hours.
2. Contest is only for residents residing in Singapore only.
3. Winner will be notify by email or DM, failing to reply within 24 hours, a new winner will be choosen.
4. Eu Yan Sang Singapore will contact you directly on the collection of prize.

Note that the giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way. 

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