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South East Asia Best Sommelier Competition 2013

South East Asia Best Sommelier Competition 2013

See you at Traders Hotel Singapore!

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Vietnam almost drained me dry!

Hey all, i’m finally back from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam! 

I am suppose to be blogging about my trip in HCMC, but… On the last day of my trip, i kinda had a “killer” lunch and i’m having the runs since yesterday afternoon, nevertheless, i’ll try to get everything done by this weekend, if not, the latest would be this Tuesday…!

Meanwhile, to our Muslim friends, Selamat Hari Raya, and to all my fellow Singaporeans, Happy National Day!

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10 things you might not know about Thailand

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I was just looking through Yahoo! News and it stumbled upon me some FACTS that i’ve never knew about Thailand and i thought perhaps it’ll be good sharing it here!

Do you know…

Fact 1: Thais choose to fit on fake dental braces aka vanity braces as a symbol of a luxurious status – The faux oral accessories (which come in an array of colours and designs) serve no correcting purposes but is, however, associated with wealth as real orthodontic braces are a costly luxury item in Thailand.

Fact 2: Thais enjoy Ketchup and Mayonnaise on their Pizzas – Don’t be surprised if a bottle of ketchup is handed to you after you’ve successfully placed a pizza order; even pizza delivery in Thailand comes with ketchup packets! Yes, Thai people eat pizza with ketchup. It is also normal for Thais to put mayonnaise on their pizzas so go ahead and try that when in Thailand to fully experience the culture!

Fact 3: A Six-Hour-Clock. It counts twenty-four hours a day but divides the day up into four six-hour quarters, with each quarter having differing Thai terms, especially used in verbal communication.

Fact 4: Gasoline in Whiskey Bottles – When travelling in Thailand, be careful not to mistake bottles of gasoline for bottles of whisky! Walk down a street and you might just stumble upon roadside stalls that sell gasoline in whisky bottles. While Thailand is equipped with gas stations, these roadside stalls cater more to the motorcyclists in rural areas and small towns. Gasoline is usually sold by half a litre and one litre.

Fact 5: Trash Bins Made Out Of Tyres – The unconventional-looking trash cans around and outside residences in Thailand are frequently observed yet missed by many. Upon closer look, travellers will find garbage bins that are made out of recycled car tyres staring back at them. Further exploration will have travellers even more surprised at the sight of complete furniture sets made out of recycled tyres.

Fact 6: Respecting The Thai National Anthem – When in Thailand, try to disguise your shock at the sight of Thais dropping whatever it is they’re busy doing, to stand up at the sound of the Thai national anthem being played over the loudspeakers.This is done so twice a day, once at 8:00AM and once more at 6:00PM. Your best bet at this point is to take cue from the Thais and follow suit. So don’t assume that this is a FLASH MOB!

Fact 7: Dress to respect – In Thailand, the Temples are a highly respected place of worship for the Buddhist, so when you’re planning to visit the temples, conservative dressing is advised, with shoulders and knees covered. In places of worship, one must be respectful, especially when it comes to flash photography; women must also be weary not to touch a monk at any given moment. A tip for women – bring along a lightweight scarf that you can drape around your shoulders and knot at the front for temple visits.

Fact 8: Taxi is cheaper than Tuks-Tuks. From my personal experience in Bangkok as mentioned in my previous post, the taxis are indeed a cheaper alternative than probably the train or in this case a Tuk-Tuk. I spent 80Baht for a 3-5 minute ride to Rod Fai Market from CTC Market just because i didn’t know where it was. – Feeling Cheated

Fact 9: “Temple Closed” Scam – If you’re traveling to visit a temple, make sure you’re aware of the opening hours! Scam is everywhere, the tuk-tuk drivers will tell you that the temples are closed and divert you to a souvenir shop that they will earn a commission from your purchases. – My friend just got the similar scam!

Fact 10: YEAR 2556 – We all know that this year is 2013, but do you know that in Thailand, it is technically 2556 now?! Thailand uses the Bhuddist Era (B.E.), which is 543 years ahead of the regular calendars the rest of the world is accustomed to. Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day, which was so, up until 1940, is celebrated from 13-15 April through what is called The Songkran Festival. While Thailand has since moved the New Year to 1 January, celebrations where families and friends gather to visit temples while sprinkling water on Buddha images and each other have continued on, with Songkran being a national holiday.

To the dear readers, have an enjoyable time in the land of many smiles! KHOP KHUN KRAB!

Preview – BangCock, Thailand

Hey all! 

Thank you for keeping a close look at my blog consistently, it’s definitely a pleasure to be seeing so many views and repeated followers on my humble blog even when i’m overseas and am not blogging!

By the way, just in case you’re curious why i haven’t been blogging for a whole week, well, it’s because i was in Bangkok! 

Thailand, a beautiful country with people who are so courteous, my last impression of Bangkok prior to my recent trip wasn’t as good as it was now. Today, Bangkok has given me yet another reason to be back. Sincere people, great hospitality and fantastic food! Oh yeah, not forgetting the shopping experience that literally ripped my bank account! 

In my next post, i’ll be putting up some of my experiences that i thought would be worth to look out for, so stay tuned to this space!

And here’s a little preview in Bangkok!!

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Victorian Wine Masterclass – Part 1

Has the haze with a record high PSI level of 400 affected you?

I guess it has, but that didn’t stop our professionals from dropping-by at the Intercontinental Singapore on the 19th of June 2013 to experience an Auzzie affair organised by the people from the Australian Trade Commission and Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW

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By 2.20pm when i arrived, despite the hazy “backdrop”, we were all greeted by Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW and moderator for the day. His warm and humble smile led us into the meeting room that was already packed with anxious participants waiting to taste wines of Victoria.

Quickly, we found our seats and settled down while catching-up with the good’o friends from the trade before the session started.

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To break the ice and ensuring that the participants were equipped with the much needed knowledge prior to tasting, we were led with a summarised background about Australia’s wine growing scene and the history of Victorian wines.

With 13 wines to taste, i shall not bore you any further, without further ado, here’s my tasting notes for the day! *Note that i’ll be listing 8 out of the 13 for this part

MEALS & OCCASIONS for Sparkling Wines:

Olsen Wines Premium Sparkling Shiraz NV

Hints of spiciness, herbs, crushed black pepper, capsicum and earthiness. On the palate, fresh and fruit-forward with a sweet finish.

Blue Pyrenees Luna NV 

Citrus notes with a yeasty (bread) approach, orange peel and a fruitty hint. On the palate, fresh and rich with a buttery finish

MEALS & OCCASIONS for White Wines:

Stumpy Gully Pinot Grigio 2011

Peach, white flower (Jasmine & Osmanthus) with hints of minerals. On the palate, fresh acidity with minerals and peach, leaving a citrus finish

Rob Dolan Pinot Gris 2012

Pinkish-Salmon colour with aromas of strawberries, minerals and stone fruits. On the palate comes a fresh and lively acidity with minerals and a dry finish.

MEALS & OCCASIONS for Red Wines:

Sandhurst Ridge Fringe Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Liquorish, dark cherries, macerated fruits, black curshed pepper, leather and black olives. On the palate, spicy and mid-bodied with a mid-long finish

Pyren Brocken Quartz Shiraz 2011

Interesting aroma of bandung (rose) red cherries, crushed white peppers, with hints of star arneis and cinnamon. On the palate, mid- full bodied with a well-rounded tannin structure

Sally’s Paddock 2010

(Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and Merlot)

Old wooden box, cigars, tobacco, dark cherries and capsicum. On the palate, full-bodied and  mid finish

Blue Pyrenees Estate Red 2008

Cigar, earthy, tobacco, savoury, BBQ meats, brushed black pepper, violets. On the palate, slightly tannic, mid-full body and a mid-length finish

Enjoy your Wines!

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Special thanks for Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW and the Australian Trade Commision for making this Masterclass possible! 

Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle – Preview

Dear readers,

Thank you for coming back to read this entry after my week long hiatus at the Audi Fashion Festival 2013. Do not worry for those that have sent me your questionnaires, i’ll try to reply as much as i can after i’ve settled some other stuff on hand:)

By the way, last week was indeed tiring and crazy for me, nevertheless, i will never give-up blogging here and talking to all of you from all around the World!

Oh!! Yes, and i’m honoured to say that my article on Asian Food and wines will be featured on the Appetite Magazine in June 2013! Do grab one of it and show the support for our local bloggers! Special Thanks goes out to Kenny, the Senior Writer, who have just been promoted to a wine writer for the opportunity!

I’ll be back soon!

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Malaysia’s Darkest Day – 505 Blackout

As a Singaporean, i’m definitely not in the best position to comment about the Malaysia’s politics, or in this case, the election system. But from my 10-cents worth of Knowledge hearing from my Malaysian employees and friends, it definitely makes me understand why they’re full of hatred for their Government.

If hearing is inaccurate, let’s watch the actual footage.

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO WATCH THE (FULL) VIDEO

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