Singapore Tourist Spot: Haw Par Villa Ten Courts of Hell

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Back in old days, Singapore parents love taking their kids to one of Singapore’s oldest tourist attractions – the Haw Par Villa ( 虎豹別墅 ). Located along Pasir Panjang Road, the bizarre theme park was built in 1937 by the developers of Tiger Balm as a venue for teaching traditional Chinese values.

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Not sure what’s with the old folks those days, but they seemed to enjoy “scaring” their children by telling them horror stories of the famous Ten Courts of Hell ( 十殿阎罗 ), and if that is not enough, they would bring them there to witness the different levels of torture.

Our parents’ intentions were nothing bad of course. These exhibits are meant to educate visitors about the values and beliefs that were highly regarded in Chinese culture such as filial piety, resisting temptation and evil-doing, loyalty and fidelity etc. The idea worked, at least for me, as gruesome images of the Ten Courts of Hell still flash vividly in my mind till to date, often reminding me not to be bad.

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For those who haven't heard, the Ten Courts of Hell are each ruled by a judge collectively known as the Ten Yama Kings with each court dealing with different punishments.

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Along with two other friends whom I have known for over 30 years, we rekindled our childhood memories as we revisited the old Tiger Balm Garden. Let the pictures speak for themselves at Haw Par Villa!
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Blackberry Grape Smoothie, Top Antioxidant-Rich Fruits

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Are you a Smoothie person? Honestly, I have never tasted Smoothie until my prince introduced it to me some time back, and I am hooked on it now. Jon loves making Strawberry Smoothie, and he would make these yummy drinks for me whenever he is in a good mood.

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It was one of those days where we received a bundle of fruits as a gift. Hence, Jon and I decided to experiment with Blackberries and Grapes, and to give the smoothie some sweetness, we added Bananas.

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Do you know that #Blackberries are among the top-ranked antioxidant-rich fruits, and are loaded with Vitamin C and are also rich in Vitamins A, E, K, and B Vitamins? Their dark color is a sign of their high antioxidant content, and one of the most widely researched health benefits of blackberries is their ability to work as a cancer-fighting food.

On the other hand, #Grapes are not just meant for producing the world’s finest wine. Flavonoids, which are found in grapes, are the most powerful antioxidants that contribute to our health. Don’t dispose the skin! They contain Resveratrol that controls the ageing process, and is also another strong antioxidant.

Come, let’s blend all these healthy fruits together to turn them into a yummy Blackberry Grape Smoothie in just 3 easy steps! * Tips: My prince recommends using frozen Bananas for a thicker consistency.
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British Airways’ World Traveller Multi-Million £ Investment

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British Airways has announced a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.

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Options now include:
  • Pretzels with the welcome drink
  • Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water
  • Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight
  • Regional meal options served according to destination
  • Magnum ice-creams
  • uck box with chocolates and crisps
  • Hot breakfast on longer overnight flights
  • Graze movie-snack box on longer* flights
  • Complimentary drinks from the bar
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Oral-B Electric Toothbrush & Bausch + Lomb Solution Winner!

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Hey guys, bet you had a great week! Well, it is time to announce the Winner of 1st 2018 Giveaway. Who will walk away with the Oral-B Vitality Plus Crossaction Electric Toothbrush + Bausch & Lomb Renu Fresh For Colour Multi-Purpose Solution (355ml)?

Thank you for all your participation at Win Oral-B Electric Toothbrush & Bausch + Lomb Renu Solution! Here’s announcing the lucky winner!
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Delicious Prawn and Spinach Filo Cups with Foie Gras Recipe

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Light, crispy and stuffed with yummy fillings, don’t you just love munching on these delicious Filo Pastries?

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These are probably some of the easiest treats to make; the only hard work involved is layering the filo sheets which can be a pain. You just need patience, but I can assure you it is definitely worth the effort.

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I made some Filo Rolls for our last Christmas Dinner, and they turned out surprisingly good and my family could not get enough. So I decided to use the leftover filo sheets which can be refrozen to make these Delicious Prawn and Spinach Filo Cups with Foie Gras.

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I found the The Fillo Factory Whole Wheat Filo Dough going at a discounted price in Cold Storage supermarket, so I bought them just to try. I love filo pastries, but this is the first time I am trying the whole wheat type. Can you see all those dots on the pastries compared to the normal ones which are evenly coloured without any dots? If you prefer a healthier version, I guess Whole Wheat would be a better choice since it is organic and vegan.
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True Colours Festival at the Singapore Indoor Stadium

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A major festival, the first of its kind in the region, will make its mark as a key highlight on Singapore’s 2018 event calendar.

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Performing Artistes Dazzle of Japan
True Colours Festival will take place from 22-25 March 2018 in Singapore. Up to 20 performing artistes/troupes from Japan, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, plus guest artistes from the United Kingdom and Canada, will perform at a multimedia concert experience at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and at the accompanying True Colours Festival Village, a short walk from the concert venue.

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Australian Singer Tony Dee
This never-before festival will present some of the most talented performing artistes with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region. Apart from the indoor and outdoor activities, True Colours Festival includes a special event and another first, the Arts and Disabilities International Conference 2018. This one-and-a-half day event for professionals and practitioners in the field will feature a slate of talks, workshops and discussions with speakers from the UK, Australia, Canada, Cambodia and more.
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Win Oral-B Electric Toothbrush & Bausch + Lomb Renu Solution!

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Happy New Year, my friends! Today is the first blank page of a 365-page, so let’s write a great one, shall we?

2017 has been another awesome year for me, thanks to beautiful people like you. Well, what would you say if I kick off the New Year with another wonderful Giveaway?

For 2018, Luxury Haven would like to reward 1 lucky reader with an Oral-B Vitality Plus Crossaction Electric Toothbrush Worth $59, + Bausch & Lomb Renu Fresh For Colour Multi-Purpose Solution 355ml at $13.20! Will you be the lucky one?
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Top 10 Most Popular Posts with Highest Pageviews in 2017!

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Merry Christmas, guys! Trust you had an awesome celebration! It has been such an amazing journey for me to be able to share my thoughts and reviews at Luxury Haven, and I am so thankful for having you here with me.

As we usher in the New Year, we have rounded up Luxury Haven’s Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2017 according to pageviews. Without looking at our list, can you guess which post topped the chart with the highest number of views? Is it a beauty post, recipe, shopping or travel?

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Transport Arrangements For New Year’s Eve At Sentosa!

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Image Credit: Sentosa
This New Year’s Eve, Sentosa - The State of Fun will be bustling with celebratory activities across the island’s hotels, dining establishments and attractions. The 11th edition of Singapore’s only beach countdown party – Siloso Beach Party 2017, will also be held from 6.00pm on 31 December 2017 to 6.00am on 1 January 2018.

As the volume of vehicular traffic is expected to be higher than usual, with limited parking lots available on the island, party revellers and guests visiting Sentosa are encouraged to enter the island by public transport and use Sentosa’s network of island transportation during this festive period.

Use Public Transport and Connect to Sentosa’s Island Transportation
Guests are advised to take the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) or public buses to HarbourFront MRT Station. From there, they can connect to the Sentosa Express monorail located on Level 3 of VivoCity (next to Food Republic) and alight at Beach Station. An Island Admission fee of $4.00 per person is applicable per person for guests entering the island via the Sentosa Express. Guests may also opt to tap and go with their EZLink cards. The Sentosa Express will operate from 7.00am on 31 December 2017 to 1.00am on 1 January 2018, after which the monorail will resume services at 6.30am on 1 January 2018.
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7 Must-Have Beauty Treatments This Festive Holiday!

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Hohoho, Christmas is just less than a week away followed by welcoming the New Year! Are you all ready for this festive season? I know you’ve probably been busy shopping for gifts, but don’t forget to pamper yourself too.

Well, we have rounded up 7 Must-Have Beauty Treatments for your last minute shopping starting from the most Effective Facials, followed by some of the best Aesthetic Treatments! Followers of Luxury Haven will get very special prices, so don’t forget to mention us when making your appointments!
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Cold Angel Hair Pasta in Truffle Oil with Abalone and Caviar

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Foodies, here’s another Christmas recipe to serve up a gastronomic meal. Combining all the extravagant ingredients, the chilled pasta is drenched in a fragrant Truffle Oil, teasing the palates of your guests even before they arrive on the table.

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If you have not tried Angel Hair Pasta aka Capellini, it is a very thin variety of Italian pasta. Using the Hock Hua Tiger King Australia Wild Blacklip Abalone ( 福華補品 澳洲野生黑边鲍鱼 ), the highly-prized sea snails are sliced thinly and used as topping in this pasta with other luxury ingredients like Caviar and Sakura Ebi.

So how did I get the idea of making a cold pasta dish? Well, I borrowed the idea from few of my favourite restaurants like Da Luca Italian Restaurant, Gunther's Restaurant and Les Amis. This pasta will probably burn a hole in your pocket, so why don’t you buy the ingredients and fine dine at home instead?

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I am a huge fan of Truffle Oil which adds a magical touch to any dish. Let this Cold Angel Hair Pasta in Truffle Oil with Abalone and Caviar takes center stage in your festive dining this Christmas!
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3 Quick Homemade Snacks with a Mexican Theme this Christmas!

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Whether you’re dining alone on the sofa, with a partner over a candlelit dinner or hosting a whole group of friends round for snacks and drinks, Mexican food is a delicious and fragrant way to treat your palette. From the basic dip and chip combination to a filling and scrumptious burrito bowl recipe, here are three recipe overviews to get you started in the world of salsa, rice and beans. Nothing complex, nothing too spicy, but all authentically homemade and all absolutely delicious and on par with any gourmet Mexican restaurant.
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Hairstyles Round-Up for Christmas 2017 by Mosche Grand Hyatt

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It’s party time! Chrstimas and New Year are just around the corner, which means that we need a new hairstyle to match our festive outfits and flaunt our new look.

Whether you need to add volume to your hair, a touch of sweetness or colour, here’s a round-up of short and long hairstyles by Mosche Grand Hyatt to fit all occasions.
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Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup for Christmas ( 薄荷西兰花奶油汤 )

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Are you ready for Christmas? Following up, I shall be sharing some of my Christmas Recipes starting with this Delicious Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup ( 薄荷西兰花奶油汤 ).

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What sets this Broccoli Soup apart from the usual ones you find outside is the additional of Mint Leaves which makes this creamy soup so refreshing and appetizing.

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The Cream of Broccoli has a rich and grainy texture, and is extremely nutritious. It was part of our 4-Course Christmas Dinner last year:
  • Caviar Pie
  • Minty Cream of Broccoli Soup
  • Chilled Angel Hair Pasta with Abalone, Caviar and Truffle Oil
  • X'mas Cherry Garcia Ice-Cream Globe
Are you feeling the Chrismassy mood already? I will be back with the rest of the recipes, but try cooking this yummy soup first.
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Hama Steak House Wagyu Teppanyaki Review ( ステーキハウス ハマ 六本木 )

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Famous for its Japanese Teppanyaki, Hama Steak House ( ステーキハウス ハマ ) is definitely one of my favourite hunts whenever I visit Tokyo. I have been to their Ginza branch on many occasions, but this time tried the food at their Roppongi outlet instead.

Hama Steak House Roppongi is less than 10 minutes walk from the Subway Roppongi Station. The Japanese restaurant is easily spotted once you have past Tokyo Midtown ( 東京ミッドタウン ), a 5-storey retail galleria.

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On other occasions, I would usually order their Chef Course ( シェフコース ) at 19,000¥++/pax ( approx USD 170 ), but it was my birthday so we decided to go for the Elegant Course ( 優雅~エレガントコース ) at ¥ 30,000++/pax.

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If you ever visit Tokyo and looking for good Wagyu Beef, this restaurant is a must-try! Well, I won't go into details on the taste since I had previously reviewed, but they are quite consistent in their food unlike some restaurants. Let’s check out what their USD 300 course looks like!
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