Author: Jannah

Hotel Review: Dougashima Hotel Tenyu – 絶景の宿堂ヶ島ホテル天遊

Over the past few years, Japan has had growing popularity as a travel destination. They’re known for their culture, food, and sights. One element that plays a big role in the entire Japan experience would be staying in a Ryokan. A Ryokan (旅館) is a type of traditional Japanese inn that has existed since the eighth century A.D., during the Keiun period. They are difficult to find in Tokyo and other large cities because many are more expensive compared to hotels. A main criteria people usually look out for while staying in a Ryokan would be authenticity. Dougashima Hotel Tenyu is situated in a town called Nishi-Izu, under Shizuoka Prefecture. The first impression I had upon arrival was beyond words! The hotel staff were hurrying out to the car park upon seeing our vehicle enter the hotel compound (via CCTV). They welcomed us warmly and offered to valet our car while we proceeded to check-in.   We booked the Japanese Superior Room which is very spacious and big enough to comfortably fit a family of four. The room was also clean and tidy. The view from …

Beauty Review: Pixi Nourishing Sleep Mask

I was scrolling through Sephora’s phone app one day, when this Nourishing Sleep Mask caught my eye! The idea behind the Nourishing Sleep Mask is that it is used as the last step of your nighttime routine to “seal in” the products that you applied before it, like your serums and moisturiser. It provides a nutrient-rich veil of moisture while you sleep. The formula is packed with fatty acids to plump and regenerate, strengthening arganine , and fruit & flower oils to deeply soothe your skin. The treatment is supposed to leave your skin feeling silky-smooth to the touch and looking more plump. And the cherry on top? It’s paraben free too! So OF COURSE I had to put it to the test! (Can I still say… #IDidItForTheBlog?) I was excited to try this out as it was an opportunity for me to pamper my skin without having to put in that much effort. So here’s my first impression of the product… The smell was pleasant and nothing too overpowering. For some reason, I thought that it …

Food Review: Canopy @ Bishan-AMK Park, Singapore

Nestled among the lush greenery of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is Canopy Garden Dining. It is located at the part of the park between Bishan Road and Marymount Road, near the car park entrance along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 (just after Ang Mo Kio Street 32). The location itself is peaceful and unassuming, making it a great form of getaway from the bustling city whilst remaining accessible. It certainly doesn’t hurt that they serve up a wide range of brunch offerings to appease a variety of cravings. They have an alfresco dining area which immerses patrons in a garden dining experience amidst the integrated park space. The day that we visited Canopy was rather hot, so we opted to dine indoors instead. The interior itself is decked out with full-length glass windows allowing a generous dose of natural light to shine in (making it perfect for photos!) whilst giving you a view of the surrounding greenery. To cool us down from the hot weather outside, we ordered the green mint Italian Soda (S$7) and …

WhatTheChef OK: We Made Your ‘Crispy Chicken Rendang’ (Masterchef UK Parody)

For the past week, the buzz has been all around Masterchef UK after judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace eliminated Malaysian-born Zaleha Kadir Olpin because her chicken rendang didn’t have “crispy” skin. We heard you like ‘Crispy Chicken Rendang’. Is this how you imagined it? Let us know in the comments below! Here’s our parody on what went down on MasterChef UK. 😂 Don’t forget to give this video a thumbs up 👍🏻, share and subscribe if you enjoyed it! 😊

Food Review: Brewerkz @ Riverside Point, Singapore

Located in Clarke Quay along the Singapore River, Brewerkz has been serving authentic American cuisine since it was first established in 1997. The outlet has a great music playlist that gives off the perfect chill vibes for a good catch-up session with friends. Their high quality, award-winning craft beers also makes this microbrewery a popular spot for after-work drinks. We had the opportunity to try out some of the new lunch menu items at their Riverside Point outlet. Their set lunches are $16.50++ each and are available from 12pm – 3pm. The set comes with a choice of soup, Caesar salad, or house salad for starters, the main course, a soft drink and 1 scoop of homemade Chocolate, Vanilla, or Strawberry ice cream for dessert. And if you prefer a beer, you could always add $5++ for a pint of your choice! I don’t know about you, but I thought that it was quite a steal! We opted to have the soup for our starters. The Soup of the Day was Chicken Noodle Soup. Overall, …

Food Review: Miyama Café, Saigon

Miyama had us smitten from the start. Using organic ingredients from their garden in Dalat, their desserts have less sugar and doesn’t use and artificial colouring. So all the colouring in the desserts and food is natural. This allows you to indulge in their yummy desserts without the guilt. It’s been one year and half years since the opening of this specialty dessert café, and they have constantly been revamping their menu to better suit their customers. So don’t be surprised if the desserts that we mentioned are no longer available! The café is a modern Tokyo-styled café based in the centre of the bustling city of Saigon. The glass panes that encloses their minimalist space casts plenty of natural light into the café whilst providing you with a sense of escapism from the urban city. It is a rather tough gem to find as it is not located on the same floor as the rest of the eateries. It is situated on the 3rd floor, in the corner lot of Saigon Centre, right next to Levi’s. …

#BeyondNormTravels: Dinner Cruise on Saigon Princess @ Ho Chi Minh City

Docked at the Nha Rong Harbour, the Saigon Princess, although smaller in size, stands out from the rest of the cruise ships. But good things come in small packages as due to her low height, it can pass the bridge that runs across the Saigon River, allowing the Saigon Princess to go further down the river than the other ships. The Saigon Princess travels all the way down to what would be the tallest building in Saigon. From the exterior, one of her obvious features is the top deck, which enables you to get a better view as you cruise along the River. The interior is both classic and regal. When in full service, the Saigon Princess can hold up to 250 guests, 67 waiters and 11 chefs. They’re differentiated from the other businesses along the harbour as they specialise in fine dining. The meal sets comes in 5 different options – the Western, Asian Seafood, Asian, Fusion and Vegetarian. We selected one Western, one Asian Seafood and two Fusion sets, so that we had …

#BeyondNormTravels to Ipoh!

Ipoh is a former tin-mining city that is perfect for those who love food, nature and culture. Watch the video to find out what we got up to in Ipoh! 😄 If you enjoyed it, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel: Beyond Norm Blog (it’ll really help us a lot!) and turn on post notifications 🔔 so that you get notified every time we post! 😊

Food Review: Festive Seafood Buffet @ J65, Hotel Jen Tanglin, Singapore

Christmas is right around the corner! Every where we go the festive decorations and celebrations has started, and that is no exception for J65 @ Hotel Jen Tanglin! This year, they have a special Festive Seafood buffet for Christmas!  J65 showcased the best of their seafood themed nights as well as festive carvings of Turkeys, Honey Glazed Virginia Ham, Roasted Pork Knuckle, Slow Roasted Prime Rib Beef and a tantalising array of festive desserts. Walking through the buffet, we were amazed at the large varieties of cuisines and dishes, from Western to Japanese, Indian to some local fare. It is sure to appeal to those out there who are indecisive on what to eat for dinner! We skipped through the salad station and headed straight for the raw seafood and Japanese section. On display were mussels, prawns and snow crabs. On Fridays to Sundays, they also serve Fin de Claire Oysters and Boston Lobsters. We particularly enjoyed the snow crabs which were extremely sweet and succulent. They also have quite a decent variety of sushi …

First Impressions: Ere Perez Australian Blue Cypress Face Nectar + Multitaskers

Now if you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll know that we’re all for a healthy and natural lifestyle. So, you can imagine how excited I was to receive a PR Package from Ere Perez. For those of you who has never heard of them, they’re an Australian owned company that produces healthy, natural makeup. So, let’s get right into it! First, the Australian Blue Cypress Face Nectar (A$38) is Ere Perez’s new release and first skin care product. The product comes in a glass bottle that has a sleek design. It is enriched with Australian blue cypress, camellia, jasmine, frankincense, jojoba, grape seed, cedarwood, rice oils & vitamin E to balance and radically hydrate skin. The natural antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties & omegas combine to help smooth your skin and reduce the signs of tiredness and sun damage. The face nectar can be used to prime your skin for a lifting glow & youthful dewy complexion or you can add a drop to your foundation and apply to face for a flawless and luminous look. …