TWG Grand Crus Prestige: Iced Lychee Tea Recipe ( 荔枝冰茶 )

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I have fallen prey to Iced Lychee Tea since a food tasting session at Arteastiq Boutique Tea House some time back. I had the chance to demonstrate my creativity once again when I was hosting a guest from Australia recently, and the idea of serving her the Iced Lychee Tea surfaced.

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I was staring at my collection of TWG teas, and picked the TWG Grand Crus Prestige Grand Jasmine Tea which I thought would be a perfect match. I paired the sachets of tea with a can of Mili Lychee in Heavy Syrup, and out came the Refreshing Iced Lychee Tea ( 荔枝冰茶 ). My girlfriend loves it and in fact, she cleaned up all the dishes I cooked for her that day without a trace. That of course, made me very happy! Let’s check out how easy it is to make this iced tea!
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Mosche Grand Hyatt Hair Salon Review: Rene Furterer Therapy

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I was at Mosche Grand Hyatt recently to check out their Custom Scalp and Hair Treatment. I have the habit of prepping my hair a week before any harsh chemical treatment, so I was more than eager to visit Mosche as I learnt that my favourite Scalp Therapist has just joined the hair salon as their Senior Stylist.

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Amidst a well-manicured landscape with spacious seating area in the 5-star Grand Hyatt Singapore rests an upmarket hair salon, which is just a stone’s throw away from the Orchard MRT Station.

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Wind down at Mosche Grand Hyatt for a deserving Scalp and Hair Treatment, a reputable hair salon in Singapore since 1979. Mosche has a tasteful finish with gold hue, featuring 6 exclusive seats with long pendant lights suspending just above the table emanating a soft glow.

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In my previous posts, I have talked about Daniel’s skills and his dexterous massage technique being the best I have ever had, and his treatments often yield satisfying results. For this occasion, I was recommended using the Rene Furterer Paris range of products.
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3 Ways To Access Beauty Tips In 2017

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Are you one of those people who is always looking for the best tips to enhance your natural beauty? Whether it’s about the latest makeup craze or the newest superfood in the market, there is always plenty of new and exciting news about the beauty industry.

In the past, people have always relied on media such as television and magazines to know more about how to make themselves more beautiful. There are shows on TV solely dedicated to know about the latest fashion and beauty trends. And before the Internet became so popular, there were hundreds, even thousands of magazines published that were geared toward the beauty market.

Nowadays, you don’t need to turn on your TV or buy the latest issue of a magazine to get advice on beauty. Here are 3 other sources you can tap into when you’re looking for an answer to your beauty question:
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TomTom Touch Cardio, New Fitness Tracker For Your Heart!

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TomTom Sports officially announces the new TomTom Touch Cardio! With this launch, TomTom not only extends its Fitness Tracker range, but also reinforces its commitment to continue to create Sports Wearables that inspire people to get going at a more accessible price point.

“We know that many people don’t necessarily see exercise as an activity, but rather as an integrated part of their daily lives. They try to stay fit and healthy by walking, taking the stairs and doing groceries. We are extending our TomTom Touch range with this accessible tracker for the fitness optimist to help more people understand how fit they are and inspire them to take that first step towards a more active lifestyle,” says, Corinne Vigreux, co-founder and Managing Director TomTom Consumer.

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Embodying the notion of how fitness starts with your heart, the TomTom Touch Cardio’s heart rate monitoring function tracks your heart rate throughout the day and adds to a more accurate calculation of the calories burnt during exercise. This measures the true intensity of your efforts and provides insights about your fitness level. Also, to ensure that every minute counts, it captures your steps, active time, calories burned and sleep, to help you set goals, observe trends and stay on track.
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Discover the Beauty of Royal Belum State Park Rainforest

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Escape to tranquility in a rainforest getaway with no mobile network coverage, only scenic landscape, serenity, lush greenery and beautiful people. Now how often do you get that as city dwellers?

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Seek refuge in the pristine Royal Belum State Park in Perak where it was given the royal status in 2003, putting it under the protection of the Perak royal family. Embrace one of the world’s oldest rainforests dating back over 130 million years, the largest continuous forest complex in Peninsular Malaysia, making the Royal Belum Rainforest older than the Amazon rainforest in South America and the Congo rainforest in Central Africa.

Located in Gerik, it is said that 14 of the world's most threatened mammals such as the Malaysian Tiger, the white-handed Gibbon, Asiatic Elephant, Malaysian Sunbear still roam freely in this natural habitat. The spectacular rainforest also houses over three thousand species of flowering plants, including three species of Rafflesia aka Corpse Flower.

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Belum Temenggor has also been recognized by Birdlife International as an “ Important Bird Area ” with some 316 known bird species and home to large numbers of hornbills. There are a host of activities you can do in the Royal Belum State Park, like hiking in the forest reserve of Belum Temenggort, take a dip in waterfalls, visit aboriginal villages, spot wild animals and more!
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Mother's Day EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel Giveaway Winners!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the super moms out there! Your smile brightens each day like the morning rays; thank you for giving us the courage to face every new day with joy!

Thanks to EHA Skincare, 20 followers of Luxury Haven will have more reasons to smile this Mother’s Day! Are you one of the lucky winners to walk away with a bottle of EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel Worth $68?

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If your name is not in the list, don't fret cause we have put up a list of their best sellers such as the Halal-Certified Medical Grade EHA Derma Collagen, EHA Hydra Serum, and EHA Sun Shield 24hr by Dr Elias Tam, and followers of Luxury Haven will get 10% off all EHA Skincare products by simply quoting LUXURY HAVEN at their outlet conveniently located at Shaw Centre!
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo: Special Peter Rabbit Dessert Buffet

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo, one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the British author who created the famous series of children’s stories about the fictional character Peter Rabbit, by hosting a special event entitled “ Peter Rabbit™ Hotel Carnival ". During the course of this event to be held through June 30, 2017, special desserts created in image of characters from the story of Peter Rabbit will be served in All Day Dining Jurin’s sweets buffet. Moreover, special Peter Rabbit-themed menus will be served at our other restaurant facilities. In addition, special photo spots of various Peter Rabbit characters will be set in the second floor restaurant corridor for guests to take pictures of and enjoy.

Beatrix Potter first created the character “ Peter Rabbit ” in 1893 in a picture post card sent to a five year old child, and later wrote the children’s story “ The Tale of Peter Rabbit ”. The story depicts the playful lead character Peter Rabbit playing in gardens in the picturesque countryside of England, and is still read around the world even today over 100 years after its original publication. “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” is also said to be recognized by nearly 100% of Japanese women over the age of 45 years. The “ Peter Rabbit™ Hotel Carnival ” event is one of a series of special events designed to commemorate famous stories such as “ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ”, “ The Little Mermaid ” and others hosted by the Keio Plaza Hotel in recent years, and is part of our Hotel’s policy of providing unique experience to our guests.
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Best Affordable Luxury: Golden Nest Bird’s Nest Soup (燕窩湯)

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When it comes to the best luxuries, it only makes sense to buy from the world's best brands. The edible bird’s nest is one of the world’s greatest luxuries, and Golden Nest is probably one of the best places to buy from due to its reputable standing.

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Enjoyed for generations by the world’s elite, the edible bird’s nest has been known for its amazing taste and premier health benefits. Consumed by beauty gurus and those desiring to benefit from its unparalleled nutrition, it provides a wealth of essential proteins, amino acids, and minerals that help promote healthy pregnancies, amazingly smooth and supple skin, provides energy, helps with various ailments, and promotes overall health.

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The bird’s nest makes perfect desserts for any occasion or celebration. Traditionally enjoyed by being cooked in its raw form and enhanced with ingredients like cane sugar and super fruits like goji berries, the possibilities of enjoying bird’s nest are endless.

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Tourism Perak: Ipoh Food Guide + Popular Restaurant Picks

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Explore the streets of Ipoh’s Old Town, discover popular restaurants, eateries and more! Known as food paradise in Malaysia, join us as we uncover the town’s gastronomic heritage, sampling an array of food arranged by Tourism of Perak for our media tasting sessions. I have to admit they are pretty decent and way above my expectation. Be it lunch, dinner or tea-time, you won’t go wrong with the following dining picks which are also Halal-certified.

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From the unpretentious humble stalls to popular restaurant dining, a trip to Ipoh is never complete without a whiff of Malaysia’s authentic cooking with a blend of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Nyonya flavours.

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Savour the city’s culinary traditions such as their most talk-about Bean Sprouts. Famous for its plump and crunchy texture, Ipoh Bean Sprouts are produced in Buntong where the rich calcium carbonate underground water adds to its unique taste.
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Narcissus Pork Leg Rice with Cabbage Recipe ( 美味猪脚白菜饭 )

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Pork Leg Bee Hoon is one of Singapore’s favourite homecooked food. It is easy to cook and extremely delicious, yet so economical. If you have been following Luxury Haven, you will know that I like serving Crispy Dried Fish as an extra ingredient so that it is not another boring dish. You can find these dried fish in the supermarkets or local provision shops and there are quite a handful of varieties you can use.

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Do you know that other than cooking vermicelli with Narcissus Pork Leg or their Stewed Pork Chops, you can also cook with rice? Cooking for two is not easy, so I kinda like this one-pot dish. In this post, I shall show you how simple it is to cook this fuss-free dish. It is like a one-pot dish where you practically throw everything into the rice cooker, and out come an Appetizing Narcissus Pork Leg Rice with Cabbage ( 美味猪脚白菜饭 )!
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Malaysia Tourism: 8 Must-Go Sightseeing Spots in Ipoh City

( Visit Perak 2017: 4D3N )

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Discover Ipoh's ( 怡保 ) old world charm and hot spots as Luxury Haven went on a mission on Firefly, from Singapore to Perak ( 霹雳 ) in Malaysia ( 马来西亚 ) to unearth the treasures of Ipoh. The endearing city has got a lot more to offer other than just Sar Hor Fun and Coffee. With just 1.5 hours flight from Singapore, Perak makes a wonderful weekend getaway with family and friends.

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Our first stop was to Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, a state government building to meet with Y.B. Dato' Nolee Ashilin Dato' Mohammed Radzi, Perak State Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communications and Multimedia. It was indeed a pleasure joining other Malaysian magazine editors and couple of other bloggers from Kuala Lumpur for the Visit Perak 2017 event.

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I am not exactly sure what the official dress code for visitors to parliaments and government buildings in Malaysia is, but I was advised by the organizer to use a Batik to wrap around my short dress. Thanks to the two Malaysian editors who helped me with the wrapping! What do you think of this fashion?

IPOH’S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

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Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, a place of rich history, heritage, culture and folklore. The city, listed as one of the best Asian destinations to visit in 2016, is surrounded by limestone hills which can be found around suburban areas to the northeast, east and southeast. If you plan to visit the awaken city, be sure to put on a good pair of walking shoes and follow the Ipoh Heritage Trail………..
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Mother's Day Giveaway: EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel x 20!

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Mother's Day is just round the corner, how about giving your mom a facial scrub to exfoliate her weary skin? Mild and gentle, yet powerful enough to remove old keratin, EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel is suitable for all skin types, keeping her skin fresh and clean.

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Give your mom a facial treat she truly deserves. I am sure she will love having your warm hands on her face, gently massaging those dead skin away, leaving her skin brighter and clearer. Alternatively, you can leave it to the experts!

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From products to facial treatments, EHA Skincare is conveniently located at Shaw Centre, offering its customers treatments that are customised to each of their individual needs. Now, Luxury Haven is most delighted to give away 20 Bottles of EHA Gentle Exfoliating Gel Worth $68 just for our readers this Mother's Day, courtesy of EHA Skincare! Come and win a bottle for your mom!
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DisneySea Shopping: ShellieMay, the Disney Bear ( シェリーメイ )

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Do you know who ShellieMay ( シェリーメイ ) is? Well, #ShellieMay the Disney Bear is a Disney character found in Tokyo DisneySea and only couple of other Disneyland theme parks worldwide!

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ShellieMay has a lovely shade of pink, and has a pair of sparkling blue eyes. I love my ShellieMay bag, bought during my recent trip to Tokyo DisneySea. I was told it is the iconic item there and it is a must-by, and I did! Never mind my age, you are only young once!

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Louis Vuitton or Disney Bear? I mentioned I traded my LV for ShellieMay in my last DisneySea post, and yes, I chucked my LV backpack into my cargo bag and carried my new plush toy throughout my entire stay in Tokyo!
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Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce from Daiso ( オーマイ豚肉のにんにく醤油焼き )

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If you are a fan of Japanese Sliced Pork, you will appreciate this Delicious Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce from Daiso.

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During one of my shopping trips to Daiso, I found these two gems from the Food Section - Oh My Ahijo ( オーマイ アヒージョの素 ) and the Oh My Grilled Pork in Garlic Sauce ( オーマイ 豚肉のにんにく醤油焼き ) mentioned in my earlier post.

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I love the popular Japanese Pork Ginger dish ( 豚の生姜焼き ), so I had given the recipe a tweak by marinating the pork with Minced Ginger in my cooking and also sprinkled Roasted Sesame Seeds for an added punch. Served with a simple cabbage salad, this makes a great yummy lunch!
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Asakusa Nakamise and Sensoji, Must-Visit Places in Tokyo!

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Traditional snacks, local food and souvenirs, find them all at Asakusa Nakamise! Temple visitors to the Sensoji ( 浅草寺 ) aka Asakusa Kannon Temple will also get to enjoy Nakamise, a shopping street that is filled with tasty lovely treats.

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Asakusa ( 浅草 ) is definitely one of the must-visit attractions in Tokyo, and it is easily explored by foot. The area is easily spotted with their huge red lanterns through the famous Kaminarimon ( Kaminari Gate ) leading to the Sensoji Temple, which is also known as Thunder Gate ( 雷門 ).

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Upon entering these gates, you may find the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street with more than 50 shops stretches over 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. Here, you will find typical Japanese souvenirs such as Yukata ( 浴衣 ), handkerchiefs and local snacks like Senbei rice crackers ( 煎餅 ). This is one of the best places in Tokyo to buy souvenirs home.
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