Chinese New Year Lo Hei: Salmon Yu Sheng with Jellyfish!

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Be enticed by the prismatic colours and flavours in this traditional festive salad! It's the time of the year again for the Prosperity Toss aka #Yusheng ( 鱼生 ), a Teochew-style raw fish salad. Every Lunar New Year, Chinese folks will feast on this auspicious multi-coloured salad with different variations which I had highlighted in my past Lo Hei posts.

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If you already know me, I love playing with food. Hence, I really enjoy making my own Yusheng, coming out with whatever designs I can think of. The latest I have made is this Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng with Jellyfish ( 发财鱼生捞海蜇 ) resembling an aquarium, with fishes swimming around a bed of seaweed on sandy ground.

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These cute Chinese New Year auspicious fishes, made of Carrots, Radish and Japanese Tobiko Fish Roe, symbolise abundance throughout the year.
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Schonbrunn Palace Tour, Parndorf Designer Outlet Shopping!

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Eastern Europe Day 6: " The Blue Danube ", " Kaiser-Walzer " and the " Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka ", are just some of Johann Strauss' most famous works. Schubert, Hayden, Beethoven, Mozart, they were all in the City of Music, Vienna. Here in the Vienna City Park aka Stadtpark, there is a golden monument paying tribute to Johann Strauss II who is also known as the " King of Waltz ". Are you a fan of his music too?

The Stadtpark City Park in Vienna is a large municipal park that has a total surface area of 65,000 sq m. Scattered throughout the park are statues of famous Viennese artists, writers, and composers like Johann Strauss.

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Next stop, we whisk you away to the renowned Maria Theresa's Schonbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and Austria's most-visited tourist attraction.

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A former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria, the 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural and historical monuments in the country.

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The charming Vienna is the place to start appreciating Austria. Stroll lovely manicured parks, learn about their rich history, and be awed by their architectural baroque castles and more.............
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Pickled Sakura Flowers Recipe: Delicious Steamed Fish Rolls

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Imagine feasting on pretty Cherry Blossoms sitting atop a medley of vegetables rolled in tasty Norwegian Cod Fish ( 鳕鱼 )! These edible Sakura Flowers are pickled and dried in salt, and are popularly used in Japan for tea during celebrations.

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When steamed together with these delicate fish rolls, not only do these dried cherry blossoms create a charming pinky contrast, the dish also soak up the scented aromas of the Sakura flowers.
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CNY Fortune Stir-fry Chicken with Ginkgo Nuts ( 发财鸡炒白果 )

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Do you know that Ginkgo Nut (白果 ) is a traditional Chinese herb that is known to combat coughs and ageing?  It is also a superb herbal supplement and anti-oxidant, and that is why I love adding these healthy nuts occasionally to my cooking.

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Ginkgo nuts are popularly used in congee, and are often served at special occasions such as the Chinese New Year as part of the vegetarian dish called Buddha's Delight. Hence, the Fortune Stir-fry Chicken with Ginkgo Nuts ( 发财鸡炒白果 ) formed my Chinese New Year 8-Course Festive Dinner with friends last year.

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This dish can be part of your casual home-cooked meal, but when plated with some colours, the simple chicken meal is instantly transformed into a classy dish fit for a festive occasion like the Lunar New Year.
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Vienna: Hofburg Imperial Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral

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Eastern Europe Day 5: Known as the City of Music due to its musical legacy, Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Lying in the east of Austria and close to the borders of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, Euros are honored in Vienna so you do not have to worry about changing into another different currency here.

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One of the interesting ways to explore Vienna’s attractions is via a ride in the two-horse carriage, one of Vienna's highlights. It is hard to imagine the cityscape without the Viennese Fiakers. The term " fiaker " originates from the French and refers to the hackney carriage stand in the Parisian Rue de Saint Fiacre.

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You can find these carriage stands in different areas of the city: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater. The 20-minute tour through the centre of the Old City costs €55, and the 40-minute tour through the Ringstrasse and the Old City costs €80.

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One popular tourist attraction in Vienna is the Mozart's birthplace. No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg was the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who's family resided on the third floor from 1747 to 1773.

Join Luxury Haven, as she explores Vienna with EU Holidays, seeing the City of Music through her lens.....
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Chinese New Year Abalone Recipe + Vegetable Flower Tips!

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Can't believe Chinese New Year is just around the corner! Are you just as busy cracking your brains planning what to cook for this CNY?

Besides planning the menu, I am always thinking of ways to present the dishes too. Of late, many restaurants have come up with an innovative way of cutting vegetables, turning them into pretty flowers. The good news is, they are not difficult to make at all.

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Today, I will be showing you a very simple recipe for novice cooks: Chinese New Year Fortune Baby Abalone with Bok Choy ( 财神鲍鱼炒小白菜 )! Trust me, this is a no-brainer recipe so you do not need to be a professional cook to dish out a 5-star restaurant recipe! So let's get started, shall we?
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Okinawa: The Secret is Out, Featuring Priscilla’s Secret!

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Fancy going to a beautiful island with natural elements of the Sun, Land and Sea? Located in the southernmost tip of Japan is the Okinawa Prefecture, with Naha being the prefectural capital, and Okinawa Honto where most of the US military bases are located.

Being an avid traveller and having invited to Tokyo to review some of the most interesting hotel rooms during the Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary, I have to admit I have yet to visit Okinawa although the sunny haven has always been in my travel list. I have thought nothing much of Okinawa before except for their renown beaches and World War II sites. Thanks to Okinawa Tourism, I am glad to learn more through their series of videos featuring Okinawa: The Secret is Out! So who is Priscilla? Read on to find out more, plus some of the amazing videos and places of attractions of Okinawa!
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Venus Viva Diamond Polar Skin Tightening Promo, EHA Skincare

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Venus Viva is a FDA approved advanced skincare system that delivers bi-polar radio frequency energy via the matrix of electrodes, targeting at tightening our face and neck giving an overall lifted appearance. I call it the Anti-Ageing Facial since there is no downtime, and you can totally relax under the skilful hands at EHA Skincare conveniently located at Shaw Center, experiencing a complete face and neck lift in just 2 hours!

While quite a handful of beauty chasers are flocking to cosmetic procedures hoping to improve their appearance, please remember that there are certain high risks involved as long as they are surgical. Hence, I am only in favour of non-surgical treatments like the Venus Viva Diamond Polar Skin Tightening Therapy.

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and those celebrating this festive occasion are either busy buying new clothes, or going to salons to get a new hairstyle. Guess it's the best time for us to beautify ourselves, and indulge in a non-surgical face lift! It's just perfect to take advantage of the Venus Viva Diamond Polar Facial going at SGD 298 just for followers of Luxury Haven, instead of the usual SGD 398!
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Tasty Papaya Pork Rib Soup in Thermos Shuttle Chef ( 木瓜排骨湯 )

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Papaya Pork Rib Soup ( 木瓜排骨湯 ) is a very popular Chinese cuisine with very high nutritional values. Papaya can be eaten fresh as a fruit, in juice form, or can be used for making rich and tasty papaya soup.

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Pork Soup Bone ( 汤骨 ) is high in calcium and other essential minerals that are released when cooked in soup. Besides, Pork soup bones also gives flavour to soup broths, making this Papaya Pork Rib Soup ( 木瓜排骨湯 ) a healthy treat for the whole family.
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BOSS Bottled Eau de Toilette Fragrance Giveaway Winners!

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BOSS BOTTLED, versatile and rich in contrasts as the Man of Today. The distinctly masculine fragrance is sharp with a warm woody base, making it a timeless classic.

Today, 2 lucky followers of Luxury Haven will get to pamper their man with a bottle of BOSS Bottled Eau de Toilette each, proudly sponsored by Hugo Boss!
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Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 )

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Be enticed by the kaleidoscope of colours & flavours slowly coaxed into this Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 ).

Hubby and I love eating Bitter Gourd aka Bitter Melon! That being said, I only eat them if they are well-cooked and not too raw as I am not too fond of the bitter taste. Hence, I enjoy cooking my own since I can control the texture and level of bitterness according to our preference. This time, to add a little dramatic flair to my usual steamed bitter gourd with meat, I made a pretty boat and stuffed with minced pork and wolfberries.

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Besides adding a touch of red to the dish, Wolfberries provides a plethora of health benefits especially for the eye-sight. Do you cook with wolfberries too? Don't you think the Stuffed Bitter Gourd Boat with Minced Pork ( 肉碎苦瓜船 ) is fairly attractive? If you don't eat pork, simply replace it with minced chicken or others.

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In this recipe, not only you will get to taste the soft melon enveloped in the sweetness from the meat and wolfberry herbs, you will also get to bite into the juicy minced meat.
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Slovakia: Bratislava Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

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Eastern Europe Day 4: Charming narrow winding streets, medieval castles and towns, historic churches and characteristic buildings, Bratislava is almost unhampered by civilisation. Officially the Slovak Republic, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.

Bordering Austria and Hungary, Bratislava is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Euro is the official currency for Bratislava when the Slovak Republic joined the Euro-zone in 2009.

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Perhaps one of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, which seats on the hill above the Old Town and Danube River. Built and rebuilt many times over more than 1,000 years of existence, eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past.
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Hairstyles For You To Try | Which Do You Prefer?

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Happy 2016, sunshine! How was your Christmas and New Year celebration with friends and family? Did you change your hairstyle for 2016? Well, I did! I actually decided to chop off my hair! So what do you think of my short hair?

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In this post, I did a round-up of my hairstyles for the last 3 years. Take a look at the different hairstyles spotted and let me know which you like best. Let's start from the oldest first...............
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