Instagram-Worthy Spots in Bintan Lagoon Resort, Indonesia

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Bintan lsland is the largest of 3,200 islands in the Riau Archipelago and the third largest of 27 provinces, with Bintan Lagoon Resort being the largest integrated resort on the island with over 300 hectares of lush greenery that includes two championship golf courses.

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Be it an outdoor adventure, rejuvenating in their Kedaton Spa, spending a lazy afternoon frolicking in the resort's swimming pools or dining in their cosy restaurants, Bintan Lagoon Resort offers holiday makers the Sun, Sea and Water!
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Share Food Features Award-Winning Bitter Gourd Chicken Dish!

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Foodies, satisfy your hunger pangs with a delicious plate of tender Chicken Mid-Wings cooked with melt-in-the-mouth Bitter Gourds in a rich oyster sauce concoction, and served with a bowl of fragrant Jasmine rice. It's juicy, it's soft, and it's mouth-watering!

Followers of Luxury Haven would have seen and some probably already tried cooking our Award-Winning Healthy Bitter Gourd Chicken Dish, a Winner in the Tasty Healthy Recipes Contest organized by SingHealth. The two ingredients run and swirl together, amplifying each other's flavour is indeed a winning combination.

I am humbled to have #ShareFoodSG featuring this recipe and producing this awesome video! Let's hear what they have to say, "We got our hands on Shirley Tay's award winning recipe, Braised Bitter Gourd with Chicken 苦瓜焖鸡翼, and was amazed with the taste combination! The bittergourd were soft, yet crunchy, with a 'not so over-powering' bitterness which would have put us off. The enticing flavours of sesame oil, Chinese cooking wine, black sauce and oyster sauce complements the strong bold flavours of the bitter gourd which is infused into the tender chicken meat. Lovely." So, are you game enough to try? Let's cook it!
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Teriyaki Pork Belly Rolls with Okra Recipe ( 焼きオクラの肉巻 )

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Japanese food lovers will probably enjoy these Ladies Fingers aka Okra Wrapped In Sukiyaki Pork Rolls, a popular sight in Yakitori ( 焼き鳥 ) or Kushiyaki ( 串焼き ) restaurants. These Japanese eateries offer both poultry and non-poultry items, deliciously skewered and grilled.

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Home cooks, you can now make your own Finger-lickin' Good Teriyaki Pork Belly Rolls with Okra ( 焼きオクラの肉巻 ) in the comfort of your home. Depending on your preference, you can opt to substitute these sukiyaki pork with bacon instead. The difference? Well, you can control the level of saltiness with pork belly by adjusting the amount of seasonings but you can't with bacon.

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So is it difficult to make? Check out the step-by-step photo instructions, and you will be an expert in making these in no time!
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Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition Launch!

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The Exclusive 11th Generation Corolla Is Here! Borneo Motors Singapore today marked the 50th Anniversary of the Toyota Corolla Altis with the unveiling of a limited 50th year edition Anniversary variant. For the month of September, the dealership has planned a series of engagement and promotional activities to mark the anniversary and pay homage to the legacy set by all 11 generations of this humble yet extraordinary vision-leading car. Since its launch, the model has rolled out more than 40 million cars globally.

Now in its 11th generation, it has been designed and engineered with the goal of bringing happiness and well-being to the people. Toyota Corolla has constantly lead the category since 1966 by offering technologies, services and value that are always better. With the limited edition model, the legend has redefined itself to give the Corolla customers confidence, enjoyment and excitement like never before.
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Baked Eggs in Avocado with Bacon, A Healthy Breakfast Treat!

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These breakfast treats are a great hit on the internet with countless of food shots surfacing online. Mainly consisting of Baked Sunny-Side Up Egg recipes on the net, I made my own version using Scrambled Eggs and topped with Bacon Bits and Mozzarella Cheese instead.

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#Avocado is prized for its high nutrient, and eating this fruit can help lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In this recipe, you can have your baked eggs plain with Avocado, but I suggest you add Bacon Bits as these give the dish a savoury kick.
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Cuponation Gives You Real-Time Expenditure Infographic!

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Where does your money go? Stop wondering and start saving on small daily purchases because this real-time infographic shows that Singapore is fanatically spending on everything!

From enchanting smoky temples to the streets of Chinatown to a part that still holds its old school charm; Singapore is a city that is popular for many reasons. This city not just offers an overwhelming experience to travelers but also offers a perfect cosmopolitan lifestyle to the locals. Having said that, we just cannot deny the fact that Singapore has become an extremely expensive city to live in. Hasn’t it? You are sure to agree if you are a local residing in this eclectic city.

It is why this expenditure infographic that calculates the real time spending habits of families living in Singapore is a fantastic thing for every Singaporean to check out. With an elaborate research on the day to day shopping insights about how people shop in Singapore, the savings platform, CUPONATION has come up with an intriguing real-time expenditure infographic. The infographic uncovers high to low share of everyday consumption that Singapore families indulge in. The daily expenditures have been put into an interactive infographic.
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Aromatherapy Travel Essentials: Nila Essence Roll On

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Nila Essence Roll On is practically your essential oil on the go! Each Roll On contains carefully selected essential oils and blends diluted with pure nature cold-pressed sweet almond oil, and can also be used as unique perfumes.

These magic potions come in a variety of roll-on for you to take them wherever you go:
  • Anti-Bacteria
  • Anti-Mozzie
  • Anti-Pain
  • Anti-Wind
  • Blessings
  • Breathe Easy
  • Clarity
  • Insomnia
  • Lavender
  • Mediation
  • Migraine / Headache Relief
  • Peppermint
  • Tranquil
  • Well-Balanced
  • Well-Being
  • Customized: Roll On
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Anyone in your home suffers from Sinusitis? My family has this problem and especially my son who is badly hit by sinus since young. While I was browsing through Nila Aromatherapy's range of essential oils some time ago, I spotted these two items and picked them up instantly.
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Yummy Crystallized Yam Sticks with Sesame Seeds ( 麦芽糖拔丝芋头 )

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Sweet, soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside is what you make of this popular Golden Candied Yam. The Chinese name 拔丝芋头 literally means " Drawing Strings ", suggesting that you should be seeing these caramelized golden strings when you lift the yam sticks off the plate as shown in the above image.

I was first introduced to this enticing appetizer or dessert during a lunch outing with my girlfriends at a Chinese restaurant. Honestly, I am not a person with sweet tooth so I was hesitant to try. But since the gals strongly recommended the dish, I relented. Boy, I was instantly captivated by the " beauty " of this snack; it was love at first bite for me! It was yummilicious!

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In the restaurant, the appetizer / dessert is served with a bowl of ice water which requires the diner to dip the yam sticks into it, turning the Caramelized Yam Sticks to delicious crunchy bites.

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After returning to the restaurant on several occasions, I decided to give it a shot at home. I knew I just had to experiment with this tasty treat. I am so glad my Yummy Crystallized Yam Sticks with Sesame Seeds ( 麦芽糖拔丝芋头 ) was a success and hubby could not stop munching!

Eat it with or without Roasted Sesame Seeds, hear the crunch as you bite into these tasty Yam Fries! Be warned! These Candied Yam Fries are highly addictive!
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Easy Miso Soup with Fish Fillet and Wakame ( 魚とわかめの味噌汁 )

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Fans of Miso Soup, here is a simple dish for the novice cooks! Healthy and delicious, the Miso Soup with Fish Fillet and Wakame ( 魚とわかめの味噌汁 ) is another 30-minute recipe which needs just 4 ingredients and cooks in no time.

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A rich source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid, Wakame is an edible seaweed commonly found in miso soups. Adding Fish and Tofu to this soup makes it even more nutritious that's suitable for both the young and old. Let's get started!
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Get Shiny Hair with L'Oreal Colours and Redken Treatments!

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Do not let your age shows through your hair! Make sure you give your crowning glory the best treatments they deserve. While frequent dyeing and bleaching can damage your hair, just touching up your roots not only save you some money but also helps patch up those unsightly contrasts.

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Touch up those grey hairs or when your highlights start growing out, and hair that stick out like a broomstick is a no-no so get yourself a good hair treatment too. If you are not sure whether it is time to touch up or colour your hair, follow this rule of thumb - colour your hair after every 3 touch ups.

It was one of those regular visits to Clover Hair Boutique to have my hair done - hair cut, touch up roots, and have an intensive hair treatment. I love how Daniel ( Assistant Manager ) takes care of my hair.

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Pix Credit: Clover Hair Boutique, Her World Magazine
I have rather good feedback from readers who took advantage of the 15% readers' discount and other promos to have their hair fixed at Clover, and their prices are pretty reasonable noting that the salon is frequently styling for magazines.
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Daiso Steamed Cakes with Chocolate Chips, $2 Muffins ( 蒸发糕 )

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8 Muffins for just $2, anyone? Well, here's my latest little experiment - Daiso Steamed Cake with Chocolate Chips ( 蒸发糕 )!

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Not sure if Daiso ( ダイソー ), the large franchise of 100-yen shops in Japan is available in your country, but I love shopping at the $2 outlets in Singapore. Occasionally, you will find some good buys like this Daiso Steamed Cake Mixture ( ダイソーの蒸しパンミックス ) which is definitely worth trying.

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The Steamed Cakes are commonly known as Huat Kueh in the Hokkien dialect. Well, these Chinese Muffins need no baking at all and they are ready in just minutes! This is really a no-brainer job; just follow the instructions on the packaging and you are set to go!
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Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Canberra All-Inclusive Luxury Lodge

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With the first Singapore Airlines direct flight taking off from Singapore to Canberra on 20 September, plan for a unique stay in Australia’s capital with the ultimate animal encounter at the National Zoo and Aquarium’s luxury accommodation offering, Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

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Just 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra, Australia’s only combined zoo and aquarium offers visitors an all-inclusive luxury lodge experience with behind-the-scenes tours and animal encounters. Bathe while a bear grazes on the other side of the window, relax on your lounge while looking into the face of a lion, feed the giraffes or get ready for dinner while sharks swim by.

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National Zoo and Aquarium founder and owner Richard Tindale said Jamala visitors had the chance to relax in five-star African-inspired accommodation hubs while experiencing close encounters with the resident wildlife. “The aim here is to try and get people immersed in the world of wildlife in a luxurious and fairly unique surrounding,” he said.
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Japanese-Style Teriyaki Pork with Sesame Seeds ( 豚肉照り焼き )

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Instead of using the standard sauce to marinate your meat, why not try using teriyaki sauce to add some elements to your dish? Tickle your taste buds with this Japanese-Style Teriyaki Pork with Sesame Seeds ( 豚肉照り焼き ) in just 3 easy steps! For easy preparation, I bought the PorKee Frozen Lean Pork available in local supermarkets which comes all nicely sliced.

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Each bite into the succulent meat returned with a sweet and tangy flavour that whetted our appetite, and the combination of Ginger, Mirin and Garlic, with a touch of sweetness from the Teriyaki and Dark Soy Sauce makes it a great dish to go with a bowl of fragrant rice. If you are not into pork, substitute with chicken instead.
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Joseph Schooling, Singapore's First Olympic Gold Champion!

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We may be just a little red dot in the world map, but we did it! Yes, it's a GOLD!

For the international readers, in case you haven't heard, Singapore won her first ever Olympic gold medal on Saturday! Congratulations Joseph Schooling, you have done us all proud by winning the 100m butterfly event at Rio 2016, beating American great Michael Phelps! I guess this makes a great gift as the nation celebrates her 51st Birthday! Happy Birthday, Singapore!

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Joseph Schooling Meeting His Idol, Michel Phelps - 8 Years Ago and Now

I am usually not into sports, but this is a historical event that's too good not to share as the nation rejoices! Butterfly specialist Joseph Schooling, clinched his first Olympic Gold medal at the 100m butterfly event on Aug 13 by setting a new Olympic record of 50.39 seconds! It is also the first ever gold medal by a Southeast Asian male swimmer!
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Aromatherapy: 10 Important Essential Oils for Your Home

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Today, we are pleased to have Adeline Lim, founder of Nila Singapore, guest posting and sharing with us the Importance of Essential Oils for our home.

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The vivacious Adeline, who believes in constantly upgrading herself, has just returned from Provence in France for an aromatherapy course. To ensure that her customers are provided with the best for their personal well-being, Adeline completed her diplomas in Aromatherapy and Holistic Skincare Products at The School of Natural Health Science in the United Kingdom. All courses by the School of Natural Health Science are accredited by The International College of Holistic Medicine (ICHM). She also completed an advanced certificate seminar on Essential Oil Chemistry and Pharmacology with renowned Robert Tisserand.

Guest Post by Adeline:
At Nila, we strongly believe that essential oils are nature’s gift to mankind. Such is the importance of essential oils that every home should have a basic “essential oil kit”, used as natural disinfections, air purifiers and fresheners, prevention of disease and infection, relaxation, and treatment of minor ailments.

What are essential oils? They are, in essence, aromatic oils extracted from flowers, fruits, leaves, barks, as well as the roots of grasses, plants, and trees.

Essential oils are extremely powerful, and are to be treated with respect. Always remember that “more is less” when using them!

I love all my oils, as they each are unique and have specific characteristics, properties and uses. However, if I had to choose only ten oils, I would choose the following oils as must-haves in my home.

Most of the oils I have chosen come with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, to be used in lieu of the many chemicals we use in our homes today. For topical application, please dilute with unscented serum, lotion, cream or oil.
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