Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Universal Studios Singapore: Sci-Fi City

Inside Sci-Fi City

ATTRACTIONS

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA CYCLON (BLUE Track) - This suspended coaster goes up, around and upside down with intense corkscrews and cobra roll. Simply nasty!

BATTLSTAR GALACTICA HUMAN (RED Track) - Zooming at speeds of 90km/h, this seated coaster narrowly avoids collisions as it twists, turns and propels you over 14 storeys into the air! Double nasty!


ACCELERATOR - Test your inter-galactic stamina on this whirling twirling attraction.

MERCHANDISE

GALACTICA PX - Bring home a piece of the future from the galaxies beyond.

Ghetto S says...

During my visit, the Battlstar Galactica CYLON and HUMAN were both suspended temporarily.  Rumor has it that the government declared it to be unsafe so maybe Universal Studios is doing extra precautions to make it safer.  Too bad, my friends had been looking forward to ride this exciting ride!  But me?  Tempting, but I have to say NO=) jeje

So for the wild at heart, wait till this attraction reopens then plan your trip here at Universal Studios Singapore so it will be worth your while.


That's it for now=)


XOXO,


Ghetto S

Monday, August 30, 2010

Universal Studios Singapore: Ghetto in The Lost World

INSIDE The Lost World







ATTRACTIONS:


JURASSIC PARK RAPIDS ADVENTURE - Enjoy a thrilling river raft ride through primeval dinosaur habitats.





CANOPY FLYER - Board your "Dino-proof" flying vehicle as you enjoy a prehistoric bird's-eye view of Jurassic Park





DINO-SOARIN - Children can pilot their own Pteranodon, soaring up into the clear blue sky or down into the cooling shadows.



AMBER ROCK CLIMB - Scale the walls of The Lost World to explore precious stones and fossilized insects.(additional entrance fee applies)

WATER WORLD - Witness death defying stunts, awesome explosions and thrills at this sensational 'live' water show









MERCHANDISE:

JURASSIC OUTFITTERS - Key artifacts from Jurassic Park, along with themed hats, shirts, picture frames and more.

THE DINO STORE - Innovative Jurassic Park souvenirs to uncover.


RESTAURANTS

DISCOVERY FOOD COURT - Features Singapore's must try favorite local dishes, desserts and drinks in a Jurassic Setting!



FOSSIL FUELS - Recharge and enjoy quick bites like tasty hotdogs, gourmet sausages and chicken wings or a refreshing frozen drink.


ATTRACTION Ghetto S Recommends:

Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure! But prepare to get wet!  You can store your things in a locker beside the ride.  The locker costs around 4 SGD or you can buy a rain coat for 1SGD and hide your things under the rain coat, that is ok too.  And if you really wanna save, there is a recycle bin outside the ride where used rain coats are thrown.  You can get one and SAVE and RECYCLE! After all, you will only be using it once or a couple of times maybe.

Canopy Flyer!  I actually threw out after I rode this one but it was a very short and ok, will pass for an exciting riide.


Water World!  I was impressed! I love this show!  If you want a more exciting experience, you can go sit in front and get wet.  The casts interacts with the audience before they start the show.  Do know the schedule of the shows though because I think it is only every 2-3 hours.


Whew...


That's it for now, pretties=)


Ghetto S

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Travel: My second childhood at Universal Studios Singapore

Hello pretties!  


Today, I am gonna share to you my experience and knowledge about Asia's latest and hottest theme park!  Being there just awakened the child in me again.  Well, to be honest, I really have not gone to any theme park as a child.  That's why this is my second childhood!  Anyway, please allow me to share with you some things that I learned and know about Universal Studios--you know, just in case you wanna go there. 








ABOUT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS


Universal Studios Singapore is a theme park located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. It is the second Universal Studio theme park here in Asia and the first in Southeast Asia.  



A lot of people are pretty excited about Universal Studios since it just opened its doors last March 18, 2010.  So without a doubt, it is expected that the park will always be full.  If you are a planning a trip there, book your tickets ahead of time either online through the following:








ONLINE BOOKING WEBSITE


www.rwsentosa.com or click HERE.


or


www.asiatravel.com or click HERE


or if you have friends in Singapore, maybe you can ask them to buy for you in advance because unlike in Disney HK, tickets can get SOLD OUT at Universal Studios.  It would be a pity if you went there, all ready for the adventure and be greeted by a SOLD OUT sign board.  So come prepared and book your tickets online.


TICKET RATES:


TICKET TYPE                          ADULT(13-64)                           CHILD(4-12)


1 Day Weekday Pass            66 SGD(2204Php approx)        48 SGD(1603 Php approx))


1 Day Weekend Pass           72 SGD(2404Php approx)         52 SGD(1736Php approx)




FYI...you get a 5 SGD food stub and a 5 SGD souvenir stub for free.  Just present your park ticket at the guest services. 


HOURS OF OPERATION:


Monday - Sunday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday - Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm


Hollywood After Hours:
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm




HOW TO GET THERE:


In our case, we just rode the train going to VIVO City Mall, then rode another train to Sentosa.  It was easy, but if you want other getting there options, please click HERE for detailed instructions.






WHEN YOU GET THERE:


Grab a map--the Universal Studios Map.  Don't worry, it is available everywhere so I'm pretty sure you'll find it easily and its FREE.








WHAT TO WEAR:


Since you will be out for an adventure as you enter the Universal Studios, wear something comfortable and fresh.  Cotton tops and shorts will be an ideal option.  I also strongly suggest that you wear flat sandals, flipflops or sneakers--anything that you think is your feet will be happy in.  Remember, there will be lots of walking. 


If you wanna check what I wore on Universal Studios, please click HERE.


For fashionable ideas on what to wear on your trip to Universal Studio, please click HERE.  I know we girls want to wear something comfy but we don't wanna lose our fashion sense too, after all we still wanna look fab in those pictures, right?!


And also, do bring extra clothes so you can freshen up after a day of fun and there is a certain ride that might get you wet.  You don't wanna drip all over the park, do you?


If you can, bring a little foldable umbrella or if in case it rains, there are disposable raincoats sold at the stores inside Universal Studios for 1SGD.  Its a good idea to wear the rain coat and brave the rain rather than waste your time hiding under a shelter and missing on the adventure.  Keep in mind that time is gold here, the park closes at 7PM--and thats early--at least for me.


NOTE:


At this time, not all rides are open and available.  For instance, the Madagascar:Cratte Adventure is still under construction.  The Battlestar Galactica:CYCLON and the Battlestar Galactica:HUMAN has opened before but closed again because rumor has it that it was declared unsafe so I think that Universal Studios is making more efforts in creating it safer.  I am not a rollercoaster fan so I didn't think I missed the Battlestar Galactica.  Although the Crate Adventure looked nice.


And oh, I think you can bring your own food and water inside the park, they don't check the bags.  They didn't check ours.


INSIDE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS


Enter the thrilling world of movie magic as you “ride the movies®” on roller coasters and other movie-themed attractions. Be dazzled and delighted by an immersive entertainment experience that brings the silver screen to life.








Seven themed zones make up Universal Studios Singapore.  They are the following:


The Lost World         
Far Far Away                  
Madagascar                    
Ancient Egypt                
Sci-Fi CIty                        
New York                         
Hollywood                       




That's all for now=)


Xoxo,


Ghetto S

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yay or Nay: Ponds Pure White Facial Foam with Activated Carbon

Yahoooooo!!! Saturday is already here! My long weekend officially starts now! :) Do you have plans for the long weekend? Well... I do! :-)

I always see and hear about the new Ponds Pure White Facial Foam with Activated Carbon on tv, radio, and print. When I go to the grocery, I see some of their promodizers doing the experiment of how Activated Carbon lifts the black impurities of the skin since this organic ingredient is a powerful purifier.


Yay's

  • I love the packaging. I loved the commericial with the activated carbon experiment Black white and pick is eye candy to me. These are the reasons why I tried one.

  • The color of the foam is grayish silver. Something new to me. Interesting!

  • I love the scent.

  • Doesn't make my face squeaky clean/dry. There's still moisture aftewards left in my. skin

Nay's

  • I don't know if it's connected but I had a zit in my chin after using it.

  • I have allergy rhinitis. My sensitive nose gets irritated (even though I loved the scent) right after washing my face = sneezing 5 consecutive times everytime I wash my face with it
It's good to use and try other facial foams/facial wash from time to time though I will still remain a loyal Cetaphil facial wash user. Ponds Facial Foam is worth the try.

Have you tried the new Pond's Pure White Facial Foam with Activated Carbon? What do you think? You can also visit the official Pond's webpage to discover more.


XOXO,
Ghetto B

Friday, August 27, 2010

Trip to Singapore: Top 10 Singaporean Food You Must Try




The first time I was in Singapore, I was in awe of all the high end shops I saw in Orchard Road--LV here, Chanel there, Prada, Burberry--It's all there!  I was in total awe but it still didn't take the fact that I can't afford any of them.  Poor me!  Anyhow, I managed to admire them and have my pictures taken, they are quite a sight.  But this time--my second time here, I am all about the FOOD! and Universal Studios of course=) I am giving you a run down of the top 10 dishes in Singapore that I think you should try when you are there...oh boy i miss those foodie!

1.  Kaya Toast, Eggs and Coffee - Perfect Combination!



A Happy Breakfast to start my day right!  Kaya Toast, fresh eggs and Singaporean Coffee.  Delicious-o!




Kaya Toast is a popular snack in Singapore and even in Malaysia.  Kaya is actually a local favorite spread eaten on toast.  Kaya is made of eggs, sugar and coconut milk and flavored with pandan.  To make a Kaya Toast, kaya and the butter maragrine are spread in two pieces of preferably toasted bread or any slice of bread.  Singaporeans like to consume Kaya Toast with fresh eggs and coffee.  Tried it and I loved it!  I actually wanted to have one last Kaya Toast Snack before we leave Singapore, unfortunately, we were needed in the plane. So...till next time, kaya!

2.     Laksa

After we landed in Singapore, we had our first meal at the local foodcourt of Sengkang.  We were famished!  I am not a spicy food lover.  My friend, David warned me that most Singaporean dishes are really spicy.  And so I thought I might not gonna love the food after all.  He recommended that we try Laksa.  He said it is spicy and delicious.  Since I was scared, I let my other friend order it and decided that I'll just taste it later while I went ahead and ordered a meat noodle dish that was forgettable(i have an excuse why I forgot the name!)

Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup from the Peranakan culture, which is a merger of Chinese and Malay. It has also been suggested that "laksa" may derive from the Chinese word "la sha", meaning "spicy sand" due to the ground dried prawns which gives a sandy or gritty texture to the sauce.

Me with dear friends Lorenz and Jim at the Sengkang Foodcourt. 


This is the Laksa!  This is a real winner.  Kind of like Thai's Tom Yam.  Creamy, spicy and Yummy!
 Thick rice noodles bathed in spicy gravy, fragrant with herbs and coconut milk.







3.   Bah Kuh Teh

I don't know why but when I was in Singapore, I keep ordering the not so Yummy food while my friends always get the yummier ones.  So I always end up feeding on whats not mine.  And since my friends are all so dear, they don't mind me preying on their food.  I guess they are more civil than the lions in the wild. Peace=)
Anyway, I ordered the roasted chicken.  It sounds and looks delicious and I guess it suppose to be should but unfortunately, the version inside Discovery resto in Universal Studios did not excite me even the least bit.  It simply bored me till I lost my appetite.  On the bright side,  the Bah Kuh Teh that the guys had was fantastic!  I love the soup and the meat was oh so soft!  So, I still ended up full, happy an ready to ride more rides!  
Bah Kuh Teh literraly means "meat bone tea" and, at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices(including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic for hours.  I think that explains why it is so soft that the meat effortlessly falls off from its bones.  An important requirement to me.  I love meat that melts!





Bah Kuh Teh we ordered from Discovery Foodcourt in Universal Studio Singapore
My picture does not look so convincing (sorry people) but I tell you, you gotta try this dish! And oh, it is taken with rice=).  Meaty pork ribs stewed with Chinese spices and garlic in a delicious broth. Eat it with fresh red cut chillies in dark soya sauce. 
       


4.  Chili Crab
  
    I have been hearing about the famous Chili Crab of Singapore for a while so I made my friend promise that he has to let us try that famous dish before we leave.  He brought us to this place named Lao Pa Sat in Singapore.


Lau Pa Sat (or “old market” in the Hokkien dialect) was Singapore's first wet market that dates back over 150 years ago to the time of Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore.
It was subsequently converted into a famous gourmet paradise and has been gazetted as a national monument since 1973.


The place was packed with people both locals and foreigners.  We dined under the stars, and though it was a bit humid that night, I was just pretty excited about the food and the ambiance was actually a bit cowboy-ish and fun! You can smell good food and endless sound of laughter and good conversation just surrounds you.



Dining Al Fresco in the streets here in Lau Pa Sat.  I think this is what the locals call the Hawker Center.















This is where I'll find my Chili Crab and a whole lot more.  After a long wait, a parade of yummy food arrived...

The Chili Crab

Fresh crab cooked in spicy sauce loaded with chillies, soya bean paste, garlic and tomato or fried with black pepper and garlic, lots of it.






A Satisfied ghetto with her famous Chili Crab



5.  Black Pepper Crayfish

     I keep on looking for a fish on our table.
     "Where is the Black Pepper Crayfish that we ordered?!"

It turned out, this is a Crayfish...


Lesson learned...don't take some words so literal.

So this is my Black Pepper Crayfish...


While I was eating,  I wondered what kind of fish would have a hard shell but it tasted great! It tasted like lobster.  It was spicy and sweet.  Satisfying! Well it was really a lobster! According to wikipedia, Crayfish arfreshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related.   


6.  Cereal Prawns

Among the recomended dishes that I have read from the net,  the cereal prawn is the one recommended to me by my filipino friends.  This dish is their favorite.  So I gave it a try.  After all, I just wanna taste and taste Singaporean Food.  And lo and behold, I was impressed.  The cereal prawn was such a lip smacking dish!  This dish is awakening the cook in me(if there really is), well i just want my hubby and louie to taste it so I guess one of these days, I will be making this cereal prawn for them and I am gonna tell you how it goes=)

The dish that I will soon cook and share to the world!


7.  Satay

If we Filipinos are fond of the famous grilled barbeque and isaw, Singapore is known for Satay or Sate.

Satay or sate is a dish of marinated, skewered and grilled meats, served with a sauce.Satay may consists of diced or sliced chickengoatmuttonbeef,porkfishtofu, or other meats; the more authentic version uses skewers from the midrib of the coconut leaf, although bamboo skewers are often used. These are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings.

So of course, if its known and famous in Singapore, this ghetto has gotta try it.  It tasted good! Boy, I didn't know that this is a pig out trip!

Skewers of cumin and coriander spiced meat with a sweet-and-spicy peanut dip.





8.  Prawn Rolls

Our next stop for food tripping is Singapore's China Town...the moment we alighted the train, I will know we are in China Town even if I close my eyes.  It smells chinese! I can smell incense.  I smell chinese food.  My nose brought me to an oriental chinese food haven!

                                 My friend Monica and I trying to blend naturally in Chinatown.




Well, among the plenty plenty dishes that I tried, I think the prawn rolls from China Town is my favorite.  It is just straight to the point delicious.  No pretense at all.  I love it!

Yummy Prawn Rolls! My fave!



9. Fried Tofu with Mixed Vegetables

Go Tofu galore!

Wow, tofu never tasted this good! The tofu is crispy on the outside and uber soft inside, melts in your mouth.  And to make it more exciting, this dish has a wonderful mix of vegetables and seafood--shrimps and squid.  But I think the great secret is on the freshness of the tofu and the sauce.

10. Dried Chili Frog Leg Porridge


    Frog Prince is a Food

                      
Porridge for Frog Prince and not for Goldilocks.



 This is my most adventurous meal ever!  I can't believe that I actually tried something exotic because I am not an exotic eater and I don't intend to be one.  But you know, peer pressure(<--- it's not good for my health).  Because of peer pressure, I was forced to pay for a movie that I did not want to watch--remember, The Ring? and I was forced to eat something that I never wanted to eat--a Frog!
     Well, I hate to admit it.  If they didn't tell that it was a frog, I might have eaten the whole thing! But then I know it was a frog and I keep on thinking how gross frogs are!  It was yummy, frog meat is tastier than fish.  It consistency is a bit like or a little harder than fish or crabs (maybe because of the msucles) and softer than chicken.   I am recommending it because it actually tasted good, with a touch of adventure! Go and eat frog in Singapore!

Look at my terrible pack trying to devour poor frog prince!
                                                                                                              Tears of joy after eating frog prince.
 Evil witch eating frog prince.
  












                                   You are suppose to kiss the frog, not eat him!

        Mommy, I want to eat frogs!






The eating lovely monsters in China Town



Among the dishes I devoured in Singapore, these 10 stood out and got tattoed on my stomach's wall of fame.  That's why this ghetto is recommending that you try them out, but I am telling you.there are still so much more that are worth trying.  The popular ones being hainanese chicken rice and the roasted pork.  Other than your stomach, I think you just have to prepare your pocket when you are in Singapore because unlike here in the Philippines, dining and almost everything there is just plainly more expensive than here.

Whew, this is hardwork but its all worth my while and not to mention, so much fun.  Just as long as I know I have shared something with all you pretties in this recent pig out adventure that I have in the glamorous kitchen of Singapore=)

Thats it for now LAH!

Xoxo,

Ghetto S

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Part 2 of Skin 79 BB Cream VIP Gold Collection

Good Morning Ghettos!

Yesterday, I shared to you the BB Cream basics and my personal take on Skin 79 BB Cream VIP Gold Collection. But then I realized, I wasn't able to showcase before and after pictures to prove my point. So I dug old pictures and I have a smile on my face while looking at it side by side :)

Before

Left was taken 2006. I'm wearing a wrong shade of MAC Studio Fix (NC42)
Right was taken 2007. I wore a wrong shade of Mineral Foundation (forgot the brand hehe!)
I still have my forehead pimples back then with my super oily face.


 After

Left was taken Feb 2010. Right was taken May 2010.
In both pictures, I was wearing the Skin 79 BB Cream as a primer to my
Maybelline Minerals Powder Foundation in Dark Ochre


How do you like the before and after pics????!! :)) Hehe! That's the reason why I love my BB cream *wink*



XOXO,
Ghetto B

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yay or Nay: Skin 79 BB Cream VIP Gold Collection

I first heard BB cream from the makeup and skincare guru slash friend Nikki of Askmewhats :) She was road testing a couple of BB creams and I was wondering what the hell is BB cream?! She had tried a couple of brands already which she got from some online sellers in ebay so she shared some to us. I tried I think 2-3 brands and the best one for me was Skin 79 VIP Gold collection BB cream.


BB Cream, short for Beblesh Balm cream, originated in Germany as a medication to those patients who underwent laser surgery to treat scars and regenerate their skin once again, which was first used by Korean superstars to get that porcelain and flawless look. BB cream is a manna from heaven to those oily-skinned individuals like me since it it acts both as makeup and skincare - it acts like a makeup primer before putting in foundation and as a skincare product which alleviates oiliness and prevents acne. For those who had acne scards that darkened already, BB cream helps cover these scars and at the same time regenerate the skin to give way to a new and fresh skin.


I use a pea sized amount to spread all over a part of my face.


My hands with a pea size of Skin 79 BB Cream. No flash from the camera. Notice a glow and a foundation-like color

  

My hand once again without BB Cream. No flash still, but no glow unlike the previous picture


Yay's
  • Skin 79 BB cream has the 3 benefits which I already proved that works: helps prevent my face becoming too oily, it prevented acne and made my acne scars disappear, it has SPF 25 too
  • It acts both as a skincare and makeup product. I can use this as a primer before applying foundation and the same time makes brighter. What I mean by brighter is that I have that "glow"
  • Makes my makeup long lasting. Less touch-ups for me :) Saves my foundation consumption
  • It corrected my skin tone. Since I am acidic, I can turn really dark if  I used the wrong foundation. With Skin 79, my skin tone become brighter, softer, and flawless looking
  • 1 universal shade for all
  • A little pea size goes a long way. Easy to blend in on the skin.
Nay's
  • Skin 79 is not available in stores. Must be purchased via online resellers only.

Before using BB cream my skin, especially my forehead had that  acne that looked like tiny zits/whiteheads and I have really oily skin. And since I'm oily, my makeup needs to be retouched every once in a while because it tends to "melt". But after using it, I now believe in all of its promises!! :) I will always have a stash of Skin 79 BB cream in my dresser :)


XOXO,
Ghetto B



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