Mother’s Day Kawaii Kitchen Tools Int’l Giveaway Winners

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Foodies, 6 readers worldwide will be receiving their cute kitchen tools to DIY in their kitchen. Luxury Haven is giving away Jelly Mold, Bread / Cookie Cutter, Sushi Makers, Egg Molds, Onigiri Maker, Sandwich Makers and more to aid their bento making etc.

We have winners all the way from Croatia, Sweden, USA, and of course Malaysia and Singapore too. Are you one of them?
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Ganglion Cyst Removal Surgery or Simply Needle Aspiration

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A Ganglion Cyst is a bump on top of a joint or the covering of a tendon. The swelling may feel hard and firm, but it is just a jelly-like fluid inside the cyst.

More common among women, Ganglion Cysts generally occur on the back of the hand or they can also grow on the palm side of the wrist. To date, the cause of these cysts is still unknown.

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For those following me on Facebook, you would have known that I had a surgery recently to remove my Ganglion Cyst. It popped out of nowhere at the back my hand early last year, and had me real worried. It got painful as time went by, and I decided to seek medical help.

I have received several messages from parties who have also developed the cyst and interested to know about my condition and treatments etc. This prompted me to share my personal experience and journey with those who may need more information.
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Crispy Thai Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce ( 香脆泰式虾饼 )

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One of our favourite dishes in Thai restaurants are these popular Thai Prawn Cakes. They make a great appetizer, and definitely a crowd pleaser. Paired with a sweet chilli sauce, these make great finger food too!

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Crunchy on the outside, and juicy inside, these Crispy Thai Prawn Cakes with Sweet Chilli Sauce ( 香脆泰式虾饼 ) are not difficult to make at all. Using Panko, a Japanese-style breadcrumb for coating deep-fried food such as Tonkatsu, the result is a light and succulent patty.

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I was in the mood for Thai food, so I made these Thai-Style Prawn Patties to go with our meal, and it was delicious with the sweet chilli sauce! Check out our enticing recipe!
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Mother’s Day Giveaway: Sandwich Mold, Sushi Maker and More!

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Hey foodies, Luxury Haven is hosting an International Giveaway this Mother’s Day! Yes, you heard it right, it is Open to All Readers Worldwide!

I'm off to Japan again the entire week, so I've planned this giveaway to all wonderful mothers out there! This time, we have Jelly Mold, Bread / Cookie Cutter, Sushi Makers, Egg Molds, Rice Ball ( Onigiri ) Maker, 2-IN-1 Soup Ladles with Strainer, Sandwich Makers, Tofu Pocket ( Inari Sushi ) Mold to give away, so take your pick! We shall be selecting 6 lucky readers!
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Mother’s Day Celebration Package at Bintan Lagoon Resort!

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Bintan Lagoon Resort is certainly not keeping mum about its Mothers’ Day celebration in May. Mums will be thoroughly spoilt with a host of pleasurable activities for herself and her family with the ‘That’s my Mum’ package available for the whole month of May. The Resort is just a 75-minute direct ferry ride from Singapore.

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It’s pure bliss for mothers as they get treated to be queen for the day with a Javanese massage and enjoy family bonding over a cake decoration workshop or a batik painting session with the kids. With 1.5km beachfront and over 50 land and sea activities, there is more than ample space and leisure pursuits for families to chill together. Meal times could be a tough but welcoming challenge with a choice of 14 food & beverage outlets to pick.
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Asia’s Largest Lego Star Wars Speed Build Challenge Is Here!

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Are you as fast as the Millennium Falcon? Can you and your family members build at lightspeed? In celebration of May the 4th, LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort, which features Asia’s only LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland, will launch Asia’s inaugural and largest LEGO® Star Wars™ Speed Build Challenge to find the fastest builder of the galaxy.

Combining the power of the Force and the learning through play spirit of LEGO®, LEGO® Star Wars™ Days will see families taking their skills to the test and build the X-wing Starfighter at the LEGO® Star Wars™ Speed Build Challenge. At the end of the challenge, the fastest speed builder among all contenders will receive the limited-edition LEGO® Star Wars™ 75192 Millennium Falcon™ set worth SGD 1,209.90, autographed by the original designer - Hans Burkhard Schlömer!

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Mark your calendar as the galactic experience of LEGO® Star Wars™ Days runs from now till 13 May 2018! Here is the list of immersive Star Wars™ experience you can look forward to celebrating your day in a galaxy far, far away:
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Yoshino, Japan's Most Famous Cherry Blossom Spot ( 吉野 )

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Mount Yoshino ( 吉野山 ) in Nara Prefecture, is Japan's most famous Sakura ( 桜 ) spot. Well-known for the mountains there, it is one of the best places to see Cherry Blossoms with over 30,000 cherry trees covering the area.

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Sakura Festival in Yoshino typically starts in late March or early April and reaches full bloom around early to mid April. I was there late April last year, but thankfully still managed to catch a glimpse of these beautiful pink clouds.

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You may like to know that Yoshino, together with Mount Koya and Kumano, was designated a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site named the " Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range " in 2004.
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Yummy Avocado Shake with Gula Melaka Recipe ( 椰糖鳄梨奶昔 )

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Incredibly popular among the health conscious, Avocado aka Alligator Pear ( 牛油果 / 鳄梨 ) has as many as 20 different vitamins and minerals to get you excited. It is said that people who eat avocados tend to be healthier.

There are a wide range of uses for the healthy fruit such as Guacamole, a Mexican dip. Avocados are also frequently used for milkshakes in countries like Philippines and Indonesia.

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I love my Avocado Shake with Gula Melaka or otherwise known as Palm Sugar, but the ones sold outside is always either too sweet or too milky. DIY your very own Yummy Avocado Shake with Gula Melaka Syrup ( 椰糖鳄梨奶昔 ) now, and it is so easy to make!
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Mosche Colour Promo: Free L'oreal Serie Expert Hair Care Set!

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Hey beauty junkies, it’s time to change a new hair colour cause we are Giving Our Readers a Set of L'oreal Serie Expert Hair Care! Into Organic Hair Colours? No worries, Mosche Grand Hyatt got you covered too!

Depending on the condition of your hair, readers who quote LUXURY HAVEN will either receive the L'oreal Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX Travel Set or the L'oreal Serie Expert Lipidium Absolut Repair Travel Set with a minimum spending of SGD 150 on Hair Colouring at Mosche Grand Hyatt.

Get healthy hair now with L'oreal Serie Expert Vitamino Color A-OX, which prolongs colour radiance while nourishing, conditioning and boosting shine; or L'oreal Serie Expert Lipidium Absolut Repair is a breakthrough in damage repair for very dry, damaged hair!
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Luxury Haven, Top 30 Singapore Lifestyle Bloggers to Follow in 2018!

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Luxury Haven has done it again! Last November, Luxury Haven was Ranked No. 5 in Top 75 Luxury Lifestyle Blogs on the internet, and we have just received news that we are also in the Top 30 Singapore Lifestyle Bloggers and Websites To Follow in 2018!

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Once again, these blogs are ranked based on following criteria by Feedspot:
  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
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Todaiji Temple in Nara, UNESCO World Heritage Site ( 東大寺 )!

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Nara Park is home to three of the six temples and shrines on UNESCO’s list, and Todaiji Temple ( 東大寺 ) is one of them. If you are wondering what the difference between a Temple and a Shrine is, the Shinto religion is practiced at a shrine while Buddhism is practiced at a temple.

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Renowned for their Daibutsuden aka Big Buddha Hall ( 大仏殿 ), Todaiji Temple is one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the " Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara ", together with seven other sites including temples, shrines and places in the city of Nara.
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White Pepper Bak Kut Teh with Watercress Recipe ( 西洋菜白胡椒肉骨茶 )

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Popular in both Malaysia and Singapore, Bak Kut Teh ( 肉骨茶 ) is a fragrant Chinese Pork Rib Soup available in a black or white broth, basically herbal or peppery.

The Hokkien version is simmered in a broth of herbs and spices with dark soy sauce added, hence the darker colour and a stronger taste, while the Teochew version uses garlic and white pepper or even Star Anise, and has a lighter colour.

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Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh ( 亚华肉骨茶 )
Personally, I prefer the clear soup with a peppery taste while most of my Malaysian friends tend to go for the Hokkien herbal soup. One of my favourite Bak Kut Teh eateries is Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh ( 亚华肉骨茶 ). They serve many side dishes such as Braised Beancurd and Peanuts, Taupok, and different varieties of vegetables. Inspired by Ya Hua’s version of Slice Fish with Watercress in Pork Rib Soup, I came up with my very own Mouth-watering White Pepper Bak Kut Teh with Watercress ( 西洋菜白胡椒肉骨茶 ).

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Although I enjoy drinking the Cantonese Watercress Soup where the veg is cooked till mushy, I also like Ya Hua’s version where the veg still retains its green and crunch. Let’s try cooking, shall we?
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Insight Vacations Celebrates 40 Years with Savings to Europe!

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Portugal, Photo Credit: Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations, an award-winning global leader in premium escorted travel, is thrilled to be celebrating its 40th anniversary this April. While some might argue that 40 is the new 30, Insight couldn’t be happier to look back and remember every unforgettable moment of the past four decades and all the experiences and innovations that have been made a reality. Throughout the years, Insight has perfected the art of guided journeys and has accomplished these milestones with passion, knowledge and outstanding travel expertise.

“This significant milestone is the time to look back on all that we have accomplished, we’re so proud to have brought transformative travel to our travellers and can’t wait for them to see what we have planned for the next 40 years,” says Evon Ler, President of Insight Vacations Asia“ With our Anniversary Celebration, space is extremely limited on this superb collection of 40+ Premium Journeys and as these special offers won’t last, we encourage travellers to book their holidays with us as soon as possible.”

Travellers can choose from a wide selection of guided vacations including Britain and Ireland, the Western Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe, Northern Europe and Russia, European Discoveries and USA and Canada including the following 3 unforgettable journeys:
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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Live Ikebana Flower Arrangement Show

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo ( KPH ), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a special Spring “ Ikebana ” Flower Arrangement Exhibition entitled “ Japanese Hospitality through Flowers – Dreams of Spring and Sakura Cherry Blossoms ” from March 31 (Saturday) to April 15 (Sunday), 2018 in the third floor main lobby area of their Hotel. This exhibition is hosted in collaboration with renowned “ Ikebana ” flower arrangement artist Hiroki Maeno. The centerpiece of this exhibition will be a large 2.7 meter tall by 5 meter wide flower arrangement using different types of 200 “ Sakura ” cherry blossoms from various parts of Japan.

Hiroki Maeno will hold a live performance to demonstrate his “ Ikebana ” flower arrangement skills in front of the large centerpiece flower arrangement from 5:00p.m. on April 5 (Thursday), 2018. Also Maeno will also give a complimentary presentation explaining his views on the importance of Ikebana as a part of Japanese culture.

This flower arrangement exhibition have been held four times a year and timed with the arrival of each of the four seasons since April 2015. His flower arrangements have been received with great admiration by the numerous guests visiting their Hotel from Japan and around the world, and have become a popular spot for commemorative pictures.

Large Flower Arrangement by Hiroki Maeno “ Japanese Hospitality through Flowers – Dreams of Spring and Sakura Cherry Blossoms ”
  • Date: March 31 (Saturday) to April 15 (Sunday), 2018. * Exhibition closes at 6:00p.m. on the final day.
  • Venue: Main Lobby, 3rd Floor of the Main Tower
“ Ikebana Flower Arrangement Performance ” by Hiroki Maeno
  • Date: April 5 (Thursday), 2018, from 5:00p.m. * Approximately 40 minutes
  • Venue: In front of the large centerpiece flower arrangement in the Main Lobby, 3rd Floor of Main Tower
For Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Exhibition Information: +81-3-5322-8061 (Lobby Gallery Direct Line)
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See Cherry Blossom in Nara and Feed the Deer ( 奈良公園の散り桜と鹿 )

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Travelling to Osaka soon? Make a day trip to Nara ( 奈良 ), which is a just short distance away by train from Osaka. Nara Park ( 奈良公園 ) is known for its free-roaming deer and houses some of the World Heritage temples. Regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, Nara’s deer have become a symbol of the city and have even been designated as a national treasure.

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Last April, I had a great time visiting Nara Park with friends. We had so much fun feeding the deer, a unique experience compared to all my other travels. It was also a beautiful sight with Sakura flowers blooming everywhere in the park. So this February, I decided to take my family there; I wanted to show my prince the lovely Nara. The three of us flew from Singapore to Osaka and stayed there for about 2 weeks, and then making day trips to Kobe and Nara. Winter is especially cold this year, with a -2°C on the day we were there.

Well, I have also included a video in two parts – Spring and Winter, so you guys can see the different scenery. Hope you will enjoy reading as much as I had fun writing this post.
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