Ah Mah Homemade Cake Introduces New Rocky Choc Flavour

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Hi Huneybees,

Castella cakes, the latest trend in Singapore's food porn industry has got us all queuing again. I've tried to but always giving up when I'm told that I have to wait for another 2 hours for these yummy delicacies, but thankfully a new branch of Ah Mah Homemade Cake has finally opened in Orchard Road, Dhoby Ghaut!

Incepted in April 2017 and originating from Malaysia, Ah Mah Homemade Cake has already sold 100,000 boxes of its castella cakes. Inspired by the ones from Tamsui, Taiwan, Chef Jim of Ah Mah has adapted the traditional recipe with a local twist.

Together with their new 6th branch opening, Ah Mah Homemade Cake has also presented their new Rocky Choc Flavour. Luscious dark chocolate generously blended into the signature Ah Mah's cake batter, topped with milk chocolate chips, this new flavour has already won my heart over with its chocolatey goodness.

Same like their Original and Cheese flavours, their egg sponge cakes are not very sweet, very soft and fluffy. I can't help myself from taking bite after bite and within a day, I can already finish half a slab!

But, I know I'm eating with lesser guilt for the cakes at Ah Mah are made with a healthier choice, purely with milk, high-quality eggs and flour; no water, preservative nor colouring is added. Just watch the video above...

Also, because of that, the cakes are best enjoyed within 3 days to ensure absolute freshness and quality of the cakes. Even the Ah Mah cakes are baked fresh daily, any unsold cake will be discarded after 12 hours!

Every baking session consists of 9 cakes, but the Rocky Choc Flavour is limited edition as with every batch, there might only be 1 or 2 of it, whilst the rest is the Original and Cheese flavour. Do note that everyone is only allowed 2 cakes per purchase, so anticipate the longer waiting time as this is only so far the only branch with the Rocky Choc flavour! 

The Original is priced at S$8, Cheese at S$11 and the Rocky Choc at S$13. To differentiate the Original from the Cheese cakes, the Original ones have the Ah Mah logo hot stamped on it, so cute right?!

Hungry? I know I am and am definitely gona head down to queue early tomorrow. If you are a fan of chocolates, be sure to give the Rocky Choc a try, I bet you will fall in love with it as much as I do. Do have them whilst it's hot, that's how I like enjoying the Ah Mah Homemade Cakes. Enjoy and let me know what you think after trying them out. =)

Ah Mah Homemade Cake
Contact: +65 6325 4508 / +65 8133 8508
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily
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Decoded: The Winning Formula Of CharaExpo 2017!

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Hi Huneybees,

While many people are looking forward to this weekend's 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, let's relook at CharaExpo 2017 that happened the weekend before and recollect the many fond memories from those exciting and dynamic Japanese entertainment content that still linger amongst us.

Despite it being only the third year running, the success of past two events has already established CharaExpo as one of the key annual events among Anime fans, Japanese TCG players and Cosplayers both in Singapore and around the region.

Mad rush at the opening of CharaExpo 2017. Credit: CharaExpo 2017.

Here are the five (5) success factors that I felt have contributed to CharaExpo's attraction to draw an ever increasing visitorship - a new record of a total of 19,247 visitors - throughout last weekend on 9th and 10th September 2017 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 404 - 406.

#1 Exclusive Anime Merchandise

The annual CharaExpo event is a great one-stop place to get your favourite authentic and exclusive merchandise ranging from collectable toys, OST, appeals, bags to prints as the organizer (Bushiroad) is the producer of Japanese collectable and trading card games (TCG) and owns media franchise of many popular Anime series such as Love Live!, BanG Dream!, and Tantei Opera Milky Holmes.

While there are many uncommon and rare merchandise (e.g. Remilia Scarlet Nendoroid action figure!) on sales and on discount from the likes of Good Smile Company, Toy Coin, and Otaku Tachi, the real deal for Anime fans was the opportunity to grab those exclusive Bushiroad merchandise, such as Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours Jersey featuring member’s representative colors, including WGP 2017 merchandise for the first time outside Japan!

In conjunction with Bushiroad's 10th anniversary this year, Bushiroad showcased its flagship titles with slew of fun activities for Anime fans to dive into such as playing games for FREE by simply present the CharaExpo 2017 ticket to at the game booths and win prizes!

#2 Meeting with idols

CharaExpo is a mini themed Comic Con, where fans have the opportunity to meet up with  their  idols such as celebrity Cosplayers, Seiyuus, TCG artistes and even MMA star!

Cosplay luminaries,  Ely (Taiwan), Hakken (Malaysia), Knitemaya (Australia), and Yui (Hong Kong) were here to judge for this year’s Cos Stage competition as well as scheduled autography and photo-taking sessions to the delight of their adoring fans.

Selfie with Cosplayer YUI from Hong Kong during photo-taking session at CharaExpo 2017.

The debut appearance of KEMONO FRIENDS on the back of their recent Anime television series in Japan created much excitement among Anime fans and their joint performance with the returning fan favourites Poppin’ Party, the all-girl band from popular anime series BanG Dream!, and Tomohiro Hatano had rocked the final CharaExpo ENDING LIVE STAGE! and ended the event on a high!

Autography session by Angela Lee, the ambassador for Dragonborne Asia Championship 2017. Credit: CharaExpo 2017

Together with Sora Tokui; voice actress of Yuzurizaki Nero in Detective Opera Milky Holmes, Izumi Kitta; voice actress of Misaki Tokura in Cardfight!!, as well as Angela Lee; ONE Championship Women’s Atomweight World Champion and the ambassador for the Dragoborne Asia Championship 2017, made their respective appearance for their fans, CharaExpo 2017 managed to 
bring stars and fans together under one roof.

NJPW's  Jushin Thunder Liger with Voice Actress Ayasa Ito from Poppin'Party,, Kenji Shinoda, Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, Takaaki Kidani, CEO and President of Bushiroad Inc and Hisanori Yoshida "Yoppy", host from Nippon Broadcasting System. Credit: CharaExpo 2017

Fortunately, fans of pro-wrestling were not left out in cold despite the absence of a New Japan Pro-Wrestling stage this year as they got to meet and had an autograph session with New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s stars Jushin Thunder Liger and Tiger Mask.

#3 Workshops and Performances

Being able to attend and understand the thought process was an golden opportunity for Anime fans and that's priceless. And that was what they got with Aso-PA Manga & Anime Drawing Workshop and Akira Ito: Cardfight Vanguard!! Live Drawing at Mini Stage during the event!

Cosplayers also got their rare opportunity to learn the tips and tricks from one of the region's very best at Ely's Cosplay Make-up Workshop.

Anime fans at ENDING LIVE STAGE! at CharaExpo 2017. Credit CharaExpo 2017

While Live stage performance was much scaled down then previous editions, performance on both ENDING LIVE STAGE! at CharaExpo 2017 featuring Featuring Rummy Labyrinth, Rita, Milky Holmes on Day 1, and KEMONO FRIENDS, Tomohiro Hatano, Poppin'Party on Day 2, did bring out the light sticks that waved in unison to the tempo!

#4 Cosplayers 

Cosplaying has been a significant part of Japan due to its Manga and Anime culture and event that featured Japanese Entertainment Content would certainly incorporate such activity.

With such emphasis, CharaExpo has became an annual gathering place in Cosplayers' calendar to dress up as their favorite characters in Manga, Anime or PC/Video gaming as well as an opportunity for photographers to test their skills in capturing the best moment of these costume players in their elaborate best.

While it was common to see cosplayers dressed up as popular gaming characters of Overwatch, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Love Live! and the evergreen Sailor Moon, I do notice a growing trend for inflatable costume such as T Rex and Big hero 6 characters.

 #5 Tournament

TCG has always been a big component of CharaExpo since day 1, thanks to its organizer Bushiroad, the leading producer of collectable and trading card games.
To hold a Regional Qualifiers (WGP 2017 and BCS 2017) and side tournaments at such a venue has certainly helped to bring in crowds from both competitive and leisure TCG landscape as well as TCG traders, while at the same time generate the awareness for non-players (and hopefully conversion), who otherwise would unlikely to walk  into the many small TCG outlets littered around Singapore.

Being a former TCG players of MTG, I truly understood the intense atmosphere of such tournament where the winners of the respective TCG tournaments - Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz
and Future Card Buddyfight -will receive a paid invitation to pit their skills with the strongest opponents, in the World Finals taking place in Tokyo, Japan early next year!

The life-sized Eren Titan presented event goers a photo opportunity as a souvenir to bring home from CharaExpo 2017.
Credit: CharaExpo 2017 

With the five (5) success factors in play, CharaExpo 2017 has managed to achieve a record high visitorship despite having a smaller venue and has scheduled the event two months later than expected (previous events were held in July), which incidentally fall within the End-of-Year examination preparation period for many students and also went head-on with another competing event happening in the same weekend, within the same vicinity!

With the success, I am looking forward to a bigger and better live stage performance from CharaExpo in 2018!


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Wait! That's Dessert by Cake Avenue?!

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Hi Huneybees,

My mummy always say don't play with food, but what I'm gona introduce to you will definitely make you break all those rules and get your mind blown far far away! It's the latest buzz, it's colourful and playful and what you see may not be what you think it is!

Birthed by Cake Avenue’s head pastry Chef E.T. Yew, 35, a cheeky dessert menu of 6 American diner food is here to play on your senses and shows off his creativity, playfulness and craftsmanship as an accomplished patissier. Cake Avenue was founded by Natalie and Chuang Sheng Wong in 2000 and in line with its 17th anniversary, the shop has launched these new dessert items to celebrate its milestone year.

“Cake Avenue has always been a place where customers can come to have fun with their desserts. We’ve made birthday cakes that were designed to look like Bak Chor Mee, and anniversary cakes that look like branded bags…your eyes see one thing, yet your taste buds register another." --- Chef E.T. Yew

These may look like your usual run-of-the-mill dishes like burger sliders with fries, but look closely, they are desserts! Made to look like but taste totally a world difference. Let me introduce them to you one by one...

Alphabet Soup (S$8.90)

Don't this bowl just reminds you of the Campbell's tomato ABC macaroni soup you used to have as a child; picking out the letters trying to form words with? 

Well, this dessert almost got me doing that as I dug in, only to find a layer of sweet milk agar and rose jelly on top of a delicious creamy lychee mousse with chunks of lychee and raspberry. I wasn't ready to share this refreshing summer ready dessert and definitely will be back for seconds.

Diner Sliders & Fries (S$15.90)

Served cold, 2 ‘Sliders’ with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream ‘patties’ between Vanilla Cake Buns comes with Cake Fries that taste like rusk biscuits. So much details have been put into consideration, there's even Passion Fruit ‘Mustard’ and Raspberry ‘Ketchup’ layered within like a real burger, pairing the sweetness of the ice cream with the sourness of these fruits to make the perfect dessert.

Choose the amount of sauce by squeezing them on your Cake Fries and if you want more, the Cake Fries are also available on its own for S$8.90.

The Great Con Dog (S$8.90)

Playing the pun on the Carnival favourite - The Corn Dog, comes Cake Avenue's rendition of warm sweet corn custard encased in a crunchy breaded exterior.

Have it whilst it's still warm and pair every bite with the side scoop of the pairing Vanilla Ice Cream with fresh Strawberries for that tantalizing play on your tongue.

Nachos Dulces (S$12.90)

Dessert is meant to be shared with loved ones and this is also made so with the Nachos Dulces, a twist to the tex mex favourite that is good for a couple or 2 BFFs. The dish consists of crispy Flatbread Nachos, topped with Chocolate Mousse 'refried beans', Strawberry Compote 'salsa', Julienned Peach 'cheese' and Pistachio Ice Cream 'guacamole'. I'm definitely liking this version of nachos whilst catching my favourite NetFlix movie, you hvae got to try it!

Lava Pops (S$8.90)

Even the popular crunchy meatballs get a cakepop twist as meatball-sized portions of warm red velvet cake is wrapped with a crunchy breaded exterior. I can't resist popping these guys into my mouth, another plate please! ;P

One bite and your mouth will be filled with molten Vanilla Cream Cheese Filling.

Unicorn Drinks (S$7.90)

UNICORN LOVERS! Don't miss this super adorable and yummylicious milkshakes! Each embellished with a Meringue Unicorn Horn and Marshmallow Ears, there are 3 flavours to choose from - Blush Unicorn (Strawberry Ice Cream blended with milk) , Matcha Unicorn (Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Matcha Powder and milk) and Sunshine Unicorn (Vanilla Ice Cream blended with Mango Puree and milk).

Cake Avenue’s dessert menu has launched on 1 September 2017 and the cafe also serves Western Cuisine to pair with your desserts. Go grab your friends and family and have some fun on your taste buds this weekend! Do check out their amazing 3D cakes too!

Cake Avenue
Address: 33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01/02 Kilat Centre, 598132
Opening Hours:  
Tues - Sun, 10am - 8.30pm (Closed on Mondays)


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Are You Ready For STGCC 2017?

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Hi Huneybees,

Yes! I just got back from Sri Lanka and am so happy that was in time for the STGCC Press Conference. Held at the infamous Central Perk Cafe drawn from the F.R.I.E.N.D.S sitcom, we got a chance to sit and chat with a few of the headliners ahead of the convention this weekend and check out what's to expect too!

This year, STGCC will be expanded from 2 convention halls to 3 with a specially dedicated Gaming Experience zone - GGXP (Good Game Experience) with live eSports gaming championships and the latest gaming and product showcases for game fanatics to play with.

At the centre stage of GGXP, be sure to check out the ROG Masters 2017 - DOTA 2 - Singapore Qualifiers and ROG Masters 2017 - CS:GO - Singapore Qualifier finals, where the top 2 playing teams will be facing off in a best-of-three playoff for a chunk of the S$20,000 total prize pool. There will also be the semi-finals to finals of Vainglory Championship 2017 - Southeast Asia happening on 10 September, where the top 4 teams will battle towards the grand finals for their portion of the USD$5,000 prize pool.

Other than GGXP, the STGCC is also more organized to bring you through the retail experience first, through the Artist Galore to meet your favourite artists and toymakers, then the Star Wars Experience which I'm definitely looking forward to and then to the Akiba Zone where it's inspired by Tokyo's famous Electric Town, you can even go there to fix up your cosplay should you be having a wardrobe malfunction!

Ok, so getting down to the meet and greet. I got to chat and get my autographs with the talented Emmy-Award winning writer and illustrator - Frank ChoSingapore’s first Eisner Awards winner and graphic novelist - Sonny Liew, one of Disney's top artist - James C Mulligan, popular Italian cosplayer - Leon Chiro, Japanese idol and J-pop singer - Rie Yunohara, Star Wars movie set and prop maker - Stefan Cembolista and the creative director and co-founder of tokidoki, who is present at every year's STGCC - Simone Legno!

Every year, I have my canvas and sharpies ready for autographs whilst I speak with these talented artists. It helps as I pluck up my courage to speak with these legendary titans of the comics and toys world.

Frank Cho's gorgeous drawings of ladies might be controversial these days, but I remember flipping through the library books during my animation days, admiring and grasping how he can get the lady anatomy down to such sexiness. I was tongue-tied in front of this idol and still regretting as I write this blog why didn't I speak with him?!

James C Mulligan is definitely excited to meet his fans at STGCC, looking smart in his leather jacket, I got an adorable Stitch autograph! Don't miss his live painting session on the main stage on Sunday and meet him at Walk of Fame! 

Sonny Liew shared with me his experiences in SDCC and we are both in the hopes that STGCC will be of the same scale in the near future. Thanks for the 'self-portrait' autograph and be sure to catch him at the Walk of Fame too!

It's always a wonderful experience to meet my favourite artist, Simone Legno. I've missed him last year, due to an overseas trip and seeing him again this year, I had a few items ready for him to autograph. When asked about his multiple collaborations with brands and products, does he get tired out, he says he is overwhelmed and honoured instead and that he wishes to be approached by an airline for collaboration in the future. OMG! YES! Someone answer his prayer and let me be the first passenger please?!

Next, I chatted with the adorable Rie Yunohara, who was looking super kawaii in her kimono outfit. She spoke of how she was discovered performing in STGCC back in 2014, she cosplayed amongst those big mecha cosplayers and she stood out with her performance. She's a graduate from MKM-ZERO and PhantomVoice, and currently performing as a solo artiste, she has been crowned as the official idol of Japan’s biggest food entertainment festival Niku-Fes. Be sure to catch her on centre stage on STGCC!

Leon Chiro was a hot favourite, I only got a few minutes to speak with him and boy was that wait worth it! He shared how gaming companies approach him and how he gets into character, how he makes a character comes to life, his cosplaying process, but the highlight has got to be when I asked him how long he trains for those killer abs, he jokingly said photoshop and pulled his top up for a little ab trick!

Lastly, we spent a little more time with Stefan Cembolista. He shared his stories of how a little hobby of converting scraps to Star Wars props, got his crew noticed and became known, meeting George Lucas and J.J. Abrams, traveling the world with Star Wars and Disney and attending all the comic cons in the world, simply everything a Star Wars fanatic can ask for. He was very jovial and would definitely love to share his stories with you. Catch him at the exclusive Star Wars : Experience The Force Zone as you go relive your Star Wars moment with his lifesize props!

Ok! For those who are interested in a little retail therapy at STGCC, there is gona be a ton of exclusives and merchandises for you to dig in. These include a limited edition Mr Kiasu figurine available at Action City's booth, limited edition Hot Toys 2017 Toy Fair releases, rainbow-coloured vinyl toys and items by designer Mark Nagata and his collaborators, Daniel Yu's signature Jiang Shi and don't miss out on this special hologram Darth Vader from Beast Kingdom!

So, prepare, get your gear on and be there early for there will be tons filled for you to experience these 2 days! Be there early for fear of getting disappointed. See you there!

Connect with STGCC on their platforms for more updates:
Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 


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