Monday, May 30, 2016

Revelry: Craving for Waffles?

It's been a long while since i updated this space of mine and in case you are wondering if i gave up blogging, the answer is no.I still have plans to continue writing just that priorities change as we grow older and we tend to have lesser and lesser time to do the things we love because of our commitments. Nevertheless i will still try my best to update this space as much as i can, especially documenting my travels! I recently came back from Bangkok and i already thought of doing up a post on it! Not the typical BKK travelogue because apparently (almost) every Singaporean has already been to BKK at least once. If you haven't, i wonder what you are waiting for. Anyway just stay tuned for the upcoming post!

Went to Revelry cafe last weekend and took some shots so i thought of doing up a post on it (in case you guys think i stopped blogging forever, lol) I have always wanted to visit Revelry but it's not exactly located at the most accessible place. (Bukit Timah leh, and i stay at Pasir Ris, Zzz.) Anyway since i had a 1 for 1 waffle voucher and it expires in June, i decided to make a trip down.
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21 Lorong Kilat #01-02 Singapore 598123

It's along the same stretch as the popular Carpenter and Cook as well as Nook. Now with the new downtown line (DT5 Beauty World), that area is so much more accessible. Went around 2pm and thank god the Sunday crowd was not bad. 
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Walked in for the indoor seats (the weather nowadays last warning.) The menu was presented in a pretty cool way, not the typical fold style. Generally Revelry serves 2 kinds of waffles, either sweet or savory. On top of waffles, there is also pasta, cakes and beverages. Was deciding between the sweet and savory but since the purpose of going there was for brunch, i opted for the savory. Everything sound so good on their menu and i decided to do what i always do when i go to a cafe. Searched the location geo tag on instagram to see which item is the most Instagram-able, i mean to see their best selling items and reviews. This method will usually sort of aid me in my final decision on what to have.
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Classic Chicken and Waffle ($16)

This dish is probably their most instagram-able dish (usually it comes with greens beneath the chicken but i asked not to have it) and it was soooooo good! The chicken was crispy, juicy and tender that i almost forgot the existence of the waffle. Wait. Is that a good or bad thing? Whatever it is, the combination of fried chicken and waffles is matched in heaven. The waffles was light and fluffy and it compliments the chicken well. Definitely a must order dish. 
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Revelry Signature Burffle ($18)

Another highlight and first dish of their menu, the signature Burffle. It's like sliders but instead of the bun, it's replaced with light fluffy waffles. I'm normally not a beef person but when i tasted their grilled beef patty i was like, wahhhh. I would totally order this (without the greens of course since i hate greens) The cheese, the sauce, everything compliments one another. No wonder it's the signature dish. I would still prefer my Chicken and Waffle though. 
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Overall the meal felt really worth it, especially with my 1 for 1 waffle voucher, LOL I have read so much about their sweet waffles as well and it makes me want to visit Revelry again just for their sweet waffles. There is this Cloud 9 waffle with candy floss i think. Sounds very instagram worthy, HAHAHA Maybe next time i order that one. Must i also mention that the cafe also provides free WIFI and has power outlets around? Seem like the next place to chill and do some work or finish up a report right! Alright, that's all i have for this post. Till the next one!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

5 things you may (or may not) know about Ricola!

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I’m quite sure when you guys read the title of this post, you would immediately think of sweets or lozenges when you read the word – 'Ricola'. After all, it's a well known household brand that we grew up with and for the “older” generation like me, some of us will remember having these little boxes of Ricola sweets in our school bags (which I would secretly pop into my mouth during class, lol) Till today, I LOVE the pearl series which is a chewy version of the original lozenges! I remember I will stick the sweet onto the roof of my mouth using the “suction method” (because of the pearl shape) I don’t know really know how to explain it in words but you just have to try it yourself if this is the first time you are reading about this, HAHAHA.
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Anyway, I have 5 things to share about Ricola which I thought were pretty interesting and you probably won’t know! We pretty much know about their wide ranges of flavours which are displayed prominently at the sweets section of every minimart and supermarket in Singapore. What else do you know about Ricola?
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#1: Ricola Original herb drops are made up of 13 different herbs
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Numerous positive properties are attributes to the 13 herbs. They are Horehound, Burnet, Speedwell, Marshmallow, Lady’s Mantle, Elder, Mallow, Peppermint, Sage, Yarrow, Cowslip, Plantain and Thyme. Probably 80% of these herbs sound unfamiliar to you but most of these herbs help in soothing and relieving coughs. Did you know that marshmallow is especially soothing for soothing irritable cough??? Now you have an excuse to tell your mum! But please don't quote me, HAHA.
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#2: ”Riiiiicolaaaa” It all began in 1993

Who can ever forget the internationally renowned “Riiiicolaaa” tune that we heard from their advertisement? It all began in 1993 when a TV ad featuring two farmers calling ‘Ricola’ to one another. After which the ‘Ricola call’ became an instant hit and since 1993, no Ricola TV ad has been released without the ‘Ricola call’.
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#3: Ricola uses no artificial colorings or flavourings
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Did you know that Ricola’s herb fields are located in the Swiss mountains? Ricola uses both modern technology and traditional methods of manual cultivation of their herbs. The cultivated herbs, once passed quality inspection, are carefully dried, cleaned, chopped and blended using their secret recipe and finally heated and mixed with other ingredients. After cooling, the mixture is shaped to form the herb drops. Ricola pays particular attention to the quality and natural condition of other ingredients and uses no artificial colorings or flavorings.
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#4: Famous self-confessed Ricola fans
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Ricola products are famous worldwide for their soothing effect on the mouth and throat and for aspiring singers. Did you know the secret that sucking Ricola herb oils drops 'oils' the vocal chords? Maybe from now onwards, you might want to have some Ricola candies around you before any vocal performances.
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#5: It's Ricola Original`s 75th Anniversary!
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See that Ricola Original herb made of real gold in the image above? Well, in view of Ricola Original's 75th Anniversary, you stand to win it in a one-time sweepstake! Basically you have 75 seconds to answer as many questions as possible and for each correct answer, you get one entry in the sweepstake! More info on the sweepstake here.

Well, how many out of the 5 things i mentioned above did you know about Ricola beforehand? I've already joined the sweepstake (since i now know so much about Ricola, MUAHAHA) and who knows, i might just be that lucky winner! *cross fingers*. Do let me know which is your favourite Ricola product and which flavor you love most by commenting on my Instagram post! Last but not least, Happy 75th Birthday Ricola Original! :D

I partnered with the brand to write this article but every word is mine.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Instagram #Flatlay 101

I've always been a fan of Flatlays and i tend to like almost every other #Flatlay photos that i see on my instagram explore page. Sometimes i get so amazed by how much time and effort is being put in into each photo and there are some ig accounts that are purely dedicated (or 90% of their posts) to flatlays like @elpuswr, @Walids, @Designbyaikonik just to mention a few ig accounts that i follow and i never fail to like each and every of their photos.

Anyway if you still have no idea what #Flatlay is about, it's all about laying out your stuff and taking a photos from directly above, basically giving an overview of everything that is laid out. You can go search "#Flatlay" on instagram and you can see a gazillions of examples. Flatlays are amazing but not a lot of people understand the whole process behind each photo which is what i aim to give you an guys an idea of the entire process on how we get the end #flatlay image :)

If you have following me on my instagram (@andystorm) you will realised that my color scheme or theme is pretty much monochrome nowadays. I've always enjoyed doing #Flatlay but i kind of "unable" to do it because it must sort of be monochrome and also because i'm kinda lazy to do it, HAHAHA Anyway, i thought since pretty much all my Adidas shoes are in black and white, why not do a #Flatlay with the shoes and show you guys how it's being done!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post by Adidas. But Adidas PR, if you ever see this post, i just wanna say i love your shoes! LOLOLOL

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Step 1: Gather the things you need for the #Flatlay. So in my case, i chose 4 of my shoes which are black and white since i already know the color theme i want, and i also prepared some marble inspired paper which i bought from Art Friend ($0.90/ A4 piece) as the background. You can also use Mahjong paper or just spread normal white A4 paper on the ground. Bonus if your floor or table is already white or the color you want (then you can pretty much skip step 2!)
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Step 2: Lay out your background. In my case, the A4 marble-inspired paper.
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Step 3: Artistically arrange your items. Trial and error until you feel that it doesn't look messy and all over the place. Tip: Do allow some space between each item so the overall image will look aesthetically pleasing. Keep adjusting.
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Step 4: As most #Flatlay are mostly square, you can use your iPhone's square camera to see if your arrangement looks pleasing. This is the part where you have to keep adjusting your items to make sure that it fills up the square but at the same time, with enough spaces between them. I felt that my image is a little boring with just the shoes so i went to dig out more accessories to fill up the bigger gabs. Tip: Try to find "relatable" items of the same color scheme,definitely not something bright and bold that might steal the limelight from your main items.
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Step 5: Once again, keep checking if the overall arrangement, adjust if need be. For my "accessories", i managed to find my old Adidas watch which is black and gold, a pair of black socks with white stripes and i used the stray paper which came along in my Adidas shoe box. Don't you think with these add-ons, the entire photo looks so much better???
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Step 6: The most tedious part. Once you feel that you already got the perfect shot. It's time to put everything back to their original place. Imagine you have items from all over the house, that's when you have to spend some time...
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Step 7: Most #Flatlays requires post editing on the computer, simply because one does not spend so much effort in taking the shot but not beautify it. LOL You can expect to see duplicates of your images,in different arrangements, different lighting etc from the collection. Scrutinize one by one and pick out the one that you think is the best of all.
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Step 8: Photoshop. The above is the image i have chosen out all of the photos i took previously. There are some obvious flaws in the image which needs to be rectify. For example, the joint-lines cause by the overlapping of my marble paper. I also thought i can blend in the "stray paper" with my background. Edit the lighting of the image, Tip: Use "Dodge" tool to lighten, and "Burn" tool to darken. Smart sharpen the overall image after done editing. You're done!
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Step 9: Save and Share! The above is the final product of my #Flatlay. I did not mention one thing that i edited which might not be very obvious but it will definitely affect the overall image if i didn't do it. Maybe you might have realized it, HAHA Clue: Stripes. So what do you think of the final image? Is there a big difference before and after?
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Let me put the before and after side by side.

That's all i have for my simple #Flatlay 101 post. Hope you like it and appreciate every flatlay that you see on instagram! Likes are free anyway so i guess it doesn't hurt to double tap on every flatlay you see! (unless it's really poorly done that maybe not, lol) Follow me on my instagram @andystorm for my monochrome shots and @_akwh for more personal photos! Till the next post, i will try to update my blog more often! :)

   Happy New Year,