Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes with Chocolates ( 巧克力冰皮月饼 )

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Uncover delicious Chocolate Truffles within these decadent Adorable Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes! When my “partner-in-crime” bought the Hello Kitty Mooncake Mould for me, I couldn’t resist but to start my 1st mooncake-making project last year.

Crazy ideas formed, and the two of us came up with all sorts of flavours and made about 250 Snowskin Mooncakes in just 2 days! We used tea like Matcha and Earl Grey, liqueurs such as Baileys and Grand Marnier, and also Fresh Fruits for the colours instead of food colourings. The response we got was overwhelming!

ikitchen less sugar black sesame lotus paste mooncake
Over at Phoon Huat baking shop, we bought different types of mooncake pastes like Black Sesame ( 黑芝麻 ), White Lotus ( 白莲 ), Green Tea ( 绿茶 ), Dragon Fruit ( 火龍果 ) etc. Coincidentally, I received some premium chocolate truffles so I suggested using them for our Snowskin Mooncakes.

The outcome was so cute, but I only had handful of these Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes with Chocolates ( 巧克力冰皮月饼 ). So I gave my mooncake-making partner 3, kept 1 to make a special mooncake for my hubby, 1 for my prince, and gave away the rest by slotting the gemstone into some of the mooncakes that were going out to my good friends.

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Do you have chocolate truffles at home too? Shall we try making these Assorted Hello Kitty Snowskin Mooncakes with Chocolate Truffles ( 巧克力冰皮月饼 )?
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Club Med Launches First Asia-Pacific Snow Holiday Report

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Club Med, the Premium All-Inclusive operator and global ski holiday leader has unveiled Asia Pacific's first snow holiday* report, identifying key insights and influences that drive snow holidays across 11 markets with 5,500 respondents from China to Australia. With the support of independent market research specialist, Insightzclub, the 2018 report for Asia Pacific maps out a diverse, sophisticated and affluent market of travellers who are becoming avid snow hunters.

*Snow holidays are defined in the scope of the survey as a trip of at least 2 nights to a snow mountain destination of which ski or snowboard and other activities may be a part of.

Key Findings
  • 200 million people from Asia Pacific have taken a snow holiday in the last three years
  • While ski and snowboard are core to the snow holiday, a large variety of other activities are considered by Asia Pacific travellers
  • Millennials are driving the Asia Pacific market
  • Japan and South Korea destinations top the region for snow holidays, while Switzerland is a surprising top 3 destination
  • Summer mountain holidays are also growing in popularity.
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Timberland and Mastermind JAPAN Collaboration at Isetan KL

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A brand new capsule collection featuring a collaboration with Timberland and Mastermind JAPAN is back in the scene, this time bringing a new twist to the iconic Timberland 6-inch Premium Boots. The highly-anticipated capsule partners with MASTERMIND WORLD, a new line under Mastermind JAPAN that was launched in 2017 for the global market comprising footwear and apparel.
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Fresh Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Sweet Corn Paste ( 香橙玉米冰皮月饼 )

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Using Fresh Fruits, these Snowskin Mooncakes had my foodie friends went gaga last year during the Mid-Autumn Festival. They are in love with the Fu Lu Shou ( 福祿壽 ) mooncakes, representing the three gods of Prosperity ( Fu ), Status ( Lu ), and Longevity ( Shou )!

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The Sweet Corn Lotus Paste from Phoon Huat ( 奋发 ) was quite nice actually. The level of sweetness was acceptable since we picked the less sugar paste as I don’t really have a sweet tooth. Paired with the Orange Snowskin, the combination delivered a flavourful bite without being too overpowering. Come, let’s put on our gloves and start making these Yummy Fresh Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Sweet Corn Lotus Paste ( 香橙玉米冰皮月饼 )!

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Top to Bottom ( L-R ): Grand Marnier Snowskin Mooncake with Dragon Fruit Paste ( 柑曼怡冰皮月饼 ), Fresh Strawberry Snowskin Mooncake with White Lotus Paste ( 草莓白莲蓉冰皮月饼 ),
Fresh Orange Snowskin Mooncake with Dragon Fruit Paste ( 鲜橙火龙果冰皮月饼 ), Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Lotus Paste ( 百利酒冰皮月饼 )
Well, you probably have seen all the positive feedback on our Strawberry Snowskin Mooncakes. Here's another one on which flavours this foodie likes..........
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Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa Beach Resort Promotion

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation ( NYSE: H ) has recently announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa in the southernmost region of Japan. Located on the private Seragaki Island and linked by a bridge to the main island of Okinawa, the hotel offers a stunning view of the East China Sea from all 344 guest rooms. An immersive destination hotel, Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa blends local culture, warm hospitality and thoughtful service, enabling guests to feel refreshed and reconnected to who and what matters to them most.

"We are delighted to celebrate the opening of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, the first Japanese beach resort in Hyatt's portfolio and we are grateful for the continuous support from Tokyu Land, NTT Urban Development Corporation and Milial Resort Hotels Co. Ltd.," said David Udell, group president, Asia-Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "With the debut of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, our twelfth Hyatt property in Japan, we are excited to offer guests an energizing seaside retreat in the country's sunshine isles."

Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa is on the west coast of Okinawa, approximately one hour by car from Naha Airport. Located in Onna, Okinawa's most sought after beach destination, the hotel is an ideal spot for exploring the rugged scenery of the Yanbaru area to the north and the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the central and southern areas. Nearby attractions include the Bios no Oka subtropical forest, the Okashi Goten sweets factory, the Ryukyu Mura theme park, and the scenic Cape Manzamo, a dramatic coral cliff and ideal spot for sunset-viewing.

"The hotel welcomes domestic and international visitors alike to enjoy Okinawa's vibrant beach scene, breathtaking nature and colourful culture," said Hiroko Noguchi, general manager of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa. "Here guests will find a revitalizing, seamless retreat for couples, families and friends and an upscale locale for special occasions and destination weddings."

Design and Guestrooms
The breezy, light-filled interiors by Tokyo-based, Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio draw from the hotel's idyllic waterfront surroundings and the rich traditions of Okinawan culture to create intuitive spaces where guests can connect and recharge. All guestrooms feature mesmerizing views of the crystal clear waters. There are 320 guest rooms housed in a seven-floor building on Seragaki Island, including 71 Regency Club rooms and 16 suites which come with unique privileges such as dedicated check-in and check-out and use of a private lounge. Ideal for honeymoons and private gatherings, the spacious 1,948-square-foot Seragaki Island Suite features a private 1689-square-foot terrace.

Suited for families or longer stays, an additional 24 Beach House rooms are located in a three-story building across from the main hotel. These accommodations range from 592 to 807 square feet, and are equipped with full kitchens or pantry-style kitchenettes.

Food and Beverage
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa is home to six dining outlets, offering delicious comfort food alongside breathtaking scenery. At Shirakachi, diners can savor different Japanese cuisines such as Robatayaki, Teppanyaki, Nihon-ryori and Sushi prepared with local heirloom produce and fresh catch of the day from the surrounding waters. The trattoria-style Cucina Serale serves Italian classics in a relaxing setting while Serale is the hotel's all-day dining restaurant. At the Beach Bar and Poolside Bar, guests can sip on refreshing frozen mocktails as they take in the stunning sunset vistas.

Events and Celebrations
The resort has six banquet venues with ocean views and outdoor terraces that can be configured to range in size from 968 to 1614 square feet to host business retreats and social gatherings. Featuring a glass rooftop and a 32-foot aisle leading toward the ocean, the luminous Seragaki Island Chapel offers an elegant setting for an unforgettable and intimate beachfront wedding for up to 40 guests.

Well-being and Recreation
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa provides a wide range of recreational programs focused on self-discovery and wellness, with some programs curated by free-diving world record holder, Sayuri Kinoshita. Activities include diving, morning and sunset yoga, karate, and fun-filled competitions from beach flags to tug-of-war at the ocean's edge as well as walking and cycling tours. For children aged 3 to 12, Camp Hyatt offers exciting programs including arts and crafts, beach activities, and local Ryukyu traditions and culture classes.

After an active day, guests can treat themselves at Spa Hanari. The spa offers personalized wellness programs for the mind and body. Along with a separate cabana and private treatment rooms, the spa includes steam saunas, an outdoor pool with a poolside bar, and an ocean-side lagoon.

Special Opening Offer
To celebrate the opening of Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, guests who book stays from now till October 21, 2018 may enjoy a 50 percent savings on every second room night booked when they stay a minimum of two nights by requesting this offer.

Terms & Conditions
Offer valid for reservations for stays with a check-out date from now to October 21, 2018 at Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa. Valid only with the use of the promotion code OKAOP1 at the time of booking to qualify for the discount. A limited number of rooms are allocated to this offer; reservations subject to availability. Offer not valid with groups, conventions, other promotional offers, tour packages or special rate programs. Rate is per room, per night, based on double occupancy and excludes service charges, mandatory resort fees, applicable taxes and other incidental expenses. Additional charges may apply for additional guests or room type upgrades.

For additional information or to make a reservation for Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, please contact the hotel at +81 98 960 4321 or visit hyattregencyseragaki.com.
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6 Simple Wall Decor Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home

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Are you looking to add a touch of extra colour or a bit of personality to the walls of your home, or brighten up family spaces with happy memories and reminders of the good times you’ve shared together?

There are a bunch of things you could do. Creating a collage online and print it as a poster is an easy way to compile your best photos when you have so many great memories to choose from. Or if you like art, putting up artwork is also a good choice! Whatever your taste may be, there is a bunch of things you could do.

Here are some ideas you could use to add character to your walls!

1. Going for the old school – bohemian touch with Macramé
Macrame adds a very interesting effect to the room. For those of you who don’t know – macramé is the art of elaborate knotting to create interesting patterns with strings and yarns. You could either look up macramé tutorials to create DIY macramé, or check out a few websites or stores where you could buy ready-made designs!

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2. Gallery walls: Playing with story and symmetry
Gallery walls are a great way to play with colours, spaces, and shape to produce an impressive effect. It can be done using artwork or photographs. Arrange them symmetrically or in artistic disarray or even in sequence to tell a story for a more interesting effect!
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Takashimaya 25th Anniversary #UnveilANewFace Beauty Event!

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Takashimaya celebrates 25 years in Singapore with a celebratory event welcoming new luxury beauty brands themed #UnveilANewFace in their newly-revamped beauty Hall.

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Upgrade of Facilities
To create a luxurious experience for shoppers, facilities have been upgraded with the customer in mind. This includes - creating a wider walkway and beauty counters which add a luxurious touch, clearer view and also streamlined pillars to enhance visibility, space and comfort for shoppers giving it an ultra sleek look.

Facial services now have bigger cabins for an ultimate luxurious experience for customers. The brands with these new and upgraded cabins include Cle De Peau Beauté, La Mer, Dior, La Praire and Sisley.
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Strawberry Snowskin Mooncake Recipe Using Fresh Fruits ( 水果冰皮月饼 )

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It is the season for Mooncakes once again, and I have received request to post my recipes early so that they have more time to prepare, so here you go! For those health conscious and do not like artificial food colouring, I am sure you will love this Strawberry Snowskin Mooncake Recipe Using Fresh Fruits ( 水果冰皮月饼 ).

fresh strawberry snowskin mooncake with lotus paste recipe
I went crazy last year, and made about 100 Snowskin Mooncakes of all kinds of designs and flavours to give away on my first attempt! I only managed to post the Baileys Snowskin Mooncakes with Black Sesame Paste ( 百利酒冰皮月饼 ) the last time due to time constraint. Well foodies, here’s sharing with you our Strawberry Snowskin Mooncakes with White Lotus Paste ( 草莓白莲蓉冰皮月饼 )!

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How to Get the Best Home Loan Rates in Singapore

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So you have found your dream home, what’s next? Buying a home is a huge commitment, so make sure you can afford it first. With so many housing loans offered by the various financial institutions in the market, how do you know if you are getting the best deal? What are the different types of home loans available out there? How can you be sure if you can repay the monthly instalments? With all these mind-boggling questions, it certainly pays to do your homework and a bit of research.

With the recent property cooling measures implemented by the government early July this year with higher ABSD ( Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty ) rates and tighter loan limits, developers are once again offering buyers discounts and rebates hoping to attract buyers.

New launches since the new property curbs such as Daintree Residence near Beauty World MRT Station are sold with a 5% discount, and Tre Ver condominium in Potong Pasir to offer 10% at their Phase 1 launch. Not exactly a fire sale, but definitely caught my eye.

The 99-year leasehold Tre Ver Condo with 1 to 4 bedrooms configuration with selling price ranging between $1,500 to $1,600 psf certainly looks attractive with the 10% discount. Buying a home is a major investment; naturally the next step would be scouting for home financing from the relevant banks in Singapore. Home loans are long-term commitments, so you gotta make sure you can manage your monthly repayments.
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ICBC Asia e-Sports and Music Festival Hong Kong by HKTB

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The ICBC ( Asia ) e-Sports & Music Festival Hong Kong ( EMFHK ) returns this summer with professional gamers competing for glory at three international e-sports tournaments from 24 to 26 August at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), the second annual EMFHK will be larger in scale and will see over 110 players from all over the world battle it out at the acclaimed "Return of the Legends 2018"; and two new tournaments, the "Hong Kong PUBG World Invitational" and the "ZOTAC CUP MASTERS CS:GO 2018 Grand Finals".

The "ZOTAC CUP MASTERS CS:GO 2018 Grand Finals" will offer a total prize pool of US$300,000 ( over HK$2 million ), setting a new record in Hong Kong's e-sports tournament.
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JJ Lin Unveil His New Look At Madame Tussauds Singapore!

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JJ Lin stopped by for some famous fun at Madame Tussauds Singapore on Sentosa. The award winning singer-songwriter is back home for the Singapore stop of his "JJ Lin Sanctuary World Tour", and visited the world famous wax attraction to update and unveil his new look.

Guests can visit the Singaporean star in the music zone, where he is standing proud since opening of the attraction. Previously dressed in a stylish blue camouflage jacket, JJ has chosen to dress his wax figurine in an understated look this time, with a new outfit from the latest collection from his own fashion/lifestyle brand -- SMG ( Still Moving UnDer GunfirE )
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Get Flatter Tummy in Just 35 Minutes with CoolAdvantage!

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Hey beauty junkies, Zeltiq CoolSculpting gets better with shorter time now and you can get a flatter stomach in just 35 minutes without exercise! With the new CoolAdvantage applicators, your fat reduction session cuts by almost half the time, with patients reporting 50%* improvement in comfort zones!

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I am sure you know how hard it is to shred some kilos. Although the Omron body composition scale at EHA Clinic shows my Body Age is 49 despite being 53, I would love to be under my current weight of 53.7kg. I want a flatter tummy!

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During one of my facial visits to EHA Clinic, I was thrilled to learn that their CoolSculpting treatment is now only 35 minutes per area with the new CoolAdvantage instead of 60 minutes previously.

My last CoolSculpting tummy experience was 4 years ago. Guess it is time to try out the new CoolAdvantage especially after learning about their patients’ positive feedback. The new design also allows a larger surface area to be treated with less discomfort, and 1 session is all you need to have a flatter tummy!
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Japan Boosts Bid to Host World Expo 2025 With Pokemon Mascot

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The Government of Japan and the Japan World Expo 2025 Committee ( hereinafter " the Committe e" ) have been conducting activities at home and abroad seeking to host the World Expo 2025. From July 21, the Committee took the initiative to begin an event-oriented campaign in which Pokemon, one of the Committee's " Special Envoys ( Mascot Characters ) ", boosts bidding activities at the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo in Ikebukuro and elsewhere in Japan as part of efforts to win the bid to host the World Expo.

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The campaign website " Pokemon EXPO Type Check " was launched in June to help people support the bidding activities together with Pokemon, and " original goods featuring Pokemon and the World Expo bid " began to be distributed from July 21 in the second phase of the campaign. In Japan where summer vacation already started, many people, mainly children and young people, flock to 26 Pokemon Centers/Pokemon Stores ( facilities to offer information on Pokemon and sell Pokemon-themed goods ) across the country every day where original goods are distributed.
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Pork Piccata with Ruggeri 36-mth Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

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Known as the King of Cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano is often shaved or grated over food, and I love the gritty texture and the strong umami flavour of the gourmet cheese.

You may wonder if there is a difference between Parmigiano Reggiano and Parmesan Cheese. Do you know that Parmigiano Reggiano is actually the real deal, and it can only come from the Parma region in northern Italy? Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a product with the Protected Designation of Origin ( PDO ), so Parmesan is kinda like an imitation. According to the trademark laws in Italy, the cheese cannot be called Parmigiano Reggiano unless it's made in Italy according to a specific recipe.

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A lovely friend, who was back from Italy recently bought me this delectable 36-mth Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese from Ruggeri Antica Pizzicheria. Parmigiano Reggiano is used to generate deep essence in dishes such as soup, pasta and risotto. The older the age, the more intense the flavour, which also means you will get different results with a 24, 36 or a 48-month cheese. A 24-mth-old Parmigiano Reggiano is used in soup and pasta courses, whereas an older cheese like the 36-mth-old can enhance the flavour in main courses such as this Pork Piccata.

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Instead of using a standard sauce to finish my dish, using a Mushroom Cream Sauce allows me to add flavour and texture without making the dish too heavy.

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To have a truly authentic Italian experience, I added Pork Piccata with 36-mth Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese and paired with some healthy vegetables, bringing the main course to a scrumptious new level.
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Spice World Hot Pot Baijiu Promotion with Masterclass, 香天下火锅

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Baijiu ( 白酒 ), China’s national liquor gets a toast from Spice World Hot Pot ( 香天下火锅 ), the latest Sichuan hot pot franchise to hit Singapore. A collaboration with the Singapore China Baijiu company and Spice World Hot Pot, top Chinese Master Taster Ms Xu Huan hosted key journalists in the appreciation of three of China’s most popular Baijiu brands - Moutai, Wuliangye and National Cellar Guojiao 1573. The masterclass session also included a DIY Baijiu segment whereby journalists got to create their own liquor using individual distilling kits.

Baijiu, infamously known as Firewater, is distilled from sorghum and rice. Water, sugar and yeast are added to the ingredients and fermented in clay jars buried underground. It is then distilled and aged for anywhere between six months to years, sometimes even up to 50 years. Baijiu is commonly consumed during festivals, weddings, celebrations and business meetings. It is usually served neat in a shot glass and drunk in one gulp. Toasting rituals or Ganbei (cheers) accompany every Baijiu drinking occasion.
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