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DOM PERIGNON 06′ – AN INTRODUCTION
DOM PERIGNON 06′ – AN INTRODUCTIONAugust 28, 2018

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One of the best champagne produced in France, this post will highlight Dom Perignon 2006 vintage. I’d like to share my thoughts on the tasting notes, and a little on food pairing. Feel free to drop in your comments to share some of your thoughts at the end of this.

Just a brief introduction to spin this off, Dom Perignon is a prestige Cuvée, which is the top champagne made by a producer, and in this case Moët and Chandon champagne house. The champagne is named after a Benedictine Monk, a 17th century monk who lived in the Abbey of Hautvillers (North-eastern France).

PRODUCER:

Moet and Chandon (Co-Owner of LVMH, Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA)

VINTAGE:

2006

GRAPE VARIETY:

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir (slightly more Chardonnay than Pinot Noir)

NOSE:

Graceful yet seductive, starting with a floral and fruity note that rapidly darkens into toasted notes. Imagine the aroma of a floral tea next to a toasted bread in front of you.

PALATE:

Linear profile with roundness of flavour that is creamy and silky, with a subtle accent of briny flavour of the sea. Overall, very lively and elegant on the palate.

FOOD PAIRING:

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WALNUT TOAST, FOIE GRAS TERRINE, GRATINATED FIGS, PERIGORD TRUFFLES
CANTELOUPE AT TROIKA SKY DINING, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU 2017

FOIE GRAS

The crisp acidity and minerality of the champagne cuts through the rich and fatty foie gras perfectly, providing a beautiful balance of flavour in the mouth. If you are not a fan of foie gras, swap it with fried chicken and it works wonder too!

TRUFFLE 

Truffle has a wild and earthy depth, the umami (the fifth taste they call it) enhances the minerality and acidity in the champagne. Certainly a refreshing combination.

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HEART OF ARTICHOKE, CREME FRAICHE, POACHED EGG AT 65 DEGREES, SCOTTISH SMOKED SALMON, TOPPED WITH CAVIAR
HOME COOK: DR VINCENT TAN

CAVIAR

Caviar x Champagne – considered as the quintessential match. The rich and salty character of Caviar enhances the body in the champagne. One of the best treat for a memorable event/celebration!

FUN FACTS:

To wrap it up, if you are planning to pop a champagne (which you actually shouldn’t ‘pop’ a good bottle of champagne, I’ll explain why in the next article), ditch the flute and use a white wine glass instead to fully enjoy and appreciate the bouquet of champagne. That’s all for now, till next time!

Hobbyist Artist
Hobbyist ArtistAugust 28, 2018

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It has been almost three years since my last painting, having been busy with work and preparation for INSEAD. The enthusiasm for painting was reignited couple of weeks back, prompting me to head down to Arteastiq in Mandarin Gallery, Singapore.

With a background of Ophthalmology and Aesthetics, I have chosen to paint the eye, one of the most interesting organ in the human body. Our eyes communicate non verbally much more than we imagine, and convey messages far more vivid than words. I am sure some of you will concur.

 

AN EVIL AND ANGRY LOOKING EYE, OR NEUTRAL LOOKING EYE?

Try covering the left quarter of the painting. you are more likely to see a neutral looking eye. Now, try again covering the right quarter of the painting, you are likely to see an evil looking eye, filled with hatred and anger.

This is rather similar to one of the general litmus test psychologist uses to determine whether a person is an optimist or a pessimist – ‘Is the glass half empty or half full?’. I bet that sounds familiar. Have a look again to see which expression of the eye strikes you more.

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The session last for about three hours, and it comes with a flavored tea to make you feel even more ‘artistic’.  A canvas measuring 50×50 will be provided, along with unlimited supply of acrylic paint. I personally find it indulging, and stress relieving, definitely a good way to spend a weekend afternoon. Hope you enjoy this article as much I enjoy painting it, till next time.

The Power of Vitamin C for Our Skin
The Power of Vitamin C for Our SkinMay 10, 2018

Vitamin C is definitely no stranger to everyone. We are all aware that Vitamin C helps to boost our immune system and it is beneficial to the general well-being of our body.

However its good effects to our skin are amazing. Moreover, It is a completely natural antioxidant and is suitable for all ages and skin types.

Brightening and Lightening Effects

  • Decreases production of melanin (a pigment that causes discolouration of skin)
  • Triggers production of Glutathione and Vitamin E to form pheomelanin (a yellow substance that keeps the skin colour bright)
  • Exfoliates the skin so that the darker layer is removed and the lighter tone is resurfaced

Improvement in Skin Texture

  • Renews skin cells which keeps the tone light
  • Promotes collagen production which keeps the skin intact and firm
  • Provides adequate moisture and hydration which keeps the skin smooth and radiant.

Healing Effects

  • Promotes wound healing
  • Protects the DNA damage of skin cells
  • Helps in the formation of new connective tissues

Sun Defense Effects

  • Fights off free radicals and other harmful substances in the environment from sun exposure, smoke and smudge
  • Acts as a shield against UV radiation and sun damage
  • Treats sun damage such as discolourations, pigmentations, redness and burns

Protection from Skin Cancer

  • Prevents and cures common skin disorders such as acne, rosacea and psoriasis
  • Fortifies a strong defense against skin diseases
  • Prevents skin cancer

Sources of Vitamin C

  • Diet: foods rich in Vitamin C are dark green leafy vegetables; especially spinach and sprouts; citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges; and all the berries such as strawberries, blackberries etc.
  • Supplements: non-acidic Vitamin C supplements, in the form of tablets, capsules or effervescence, which are required to be consumed daily.
  • Topical: creams and serums, where serums contained much higher concentrations of Vitamin C than creams.

Introducing Garden Vitamin C Serum Electroporation

  • stimulates electrical field around the treated area
  • enhanced active absorption
  • efficient and effective way of delivering nutrients into the skin
  • ideal to be performed after certain treatments such as laser procedures or microdermabrasion (clinically
  • proven up to 20 times better absorption)
How to achieve Whole Body Skin Whitening and Ultraviolet (UV) protection?
How to achieve Whole Body Skin Whitening and Ultraviolet (UV) protection?May 10, 2018

In tropical countries like Singapore, exposure of our skin to environmental hazards such as Ultraviolet (UV) radiation and hazardous pollutants are inevitable. Adequate protection against these environmental aggressors is necessary, so as to keep our skin healthy and youthful.

What are Colourless Carotenoids (CLC)?

Nature’s most effective whitening ingredients:

  • Phytoene
  • Phytofluene
  • non-genetically modified (GMO) white tomatoes
  • Scientifically proven

Effects of Colourless Carotenoids

  • Natural sunscreen against UV damages and photo-oxidation
  • Inhibit melanin synthesis to prevent pigmentation spots
  • Reduce melanin present in the cells, including dark acne scars, freckles, dark underarms and age spots
  • Antioxidants that prevent against free radical damages
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

The Birth of Tokyo Crystal™

  • Natural oral food supplement for skin whitening and anti-ageing effects
  • Contains PhytoflORAL (phytoene and phytofluene) and L-Cysteine
  • Benefits of PhytoflORAL:
    – absorbs UVA and UVB
    – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
    – blocks formation of melanin
    – reduces existing melanin in the cells
    – concentrates into the skin when taken orally
  • Benefits of L-cysteine:
    – amino-acid metabolised into glutathione
    – formation of “pinkish” melanin as opposed to black melanin
  • This combination will lead to a pinkish white skin tone

What is the recommended dosage and are there any side effects?

  • 2 capsules a day
  • No side effects
  • Suitable for all skin types and all ages

The Birth of Tokyo Shield™

  • Natural oral food supplement for sun protection and photodamage prevention
  • Contains Polypodium Leucotomos (PLE)
  • Benefits of PLE:
    – protects against the damaging effects of UV radiation exposure
    – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
    – inhibits formation of free radicals from UV radiation: protects skin from erythema, prevents sunburn, and prevents photo-ageing
    – treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and melasma
    – prevents and relieves polymorphous light eruption (PMLE)
  • Also known as “internal sunscreen”

What is the recommended dosage and are there any side effects?

  • 1 capsule a day
  • No side effects
  • Not clinically tested in patients less than 18 years, and in pregnant or breastfeeding women
Excessive sweating and odour from underarms
Excessive sweating and odour from underarmsMay 10, 2018

Underarm excessive sweating, also called axillary hyperhidrosis, can be a very annoying and embarassing problem. Nobody likes the discomfort of sweat running down your sides and the embarrassment of obvious sweat stains or odour coming from your underarms. Sometimes it may even result in anxiety and social isolation where it really feels like it is ruining your life.

Treatment Options

  • Conservative treatment – Antiperspirants, Absorbent garments and underarm pads
  • Temporary treatment – Botulinum Toxins injection
  • Permanent treatment – MiraDry system
  • Conservative Treatment

Antiperspirants

  • Usually first line of treatment
  • Topical
  • Non-invasive
  • Available in different strengths – normally starting with the mildest to the strongest
  • Apply at night before bed and onto totally dry skin to avoid irritation
  • Absorbent Garments and Underarm Pads

Works for anyone with underarm sweating, whether excessive or not
Available as absorbent undershirts, tee shirts, dress shirts and underarm pads

Temporary Treatment

Botulinum Toxin Injections

  • Interrupts nerve endings supplying the sweat glands, hence prohibiting production of sweat
  • No downtime
  • Repeat injections required every 4 to 6 months

Permanent Treatment

MiraDry System

The only non-invasive, FDA approved device to safely and permanently eliminate underarm sweat and odour glands
MiraWaveTM energy, using non-invasive microwave technology, is delivered just below the dermis where the sweat and odour glands reside

  • A concurrent cooling effect which keeps the surrounding tissue and skin safe
  • The procedure is done under local anaesthesia
  • Minimal to no downtime
  • Results are immediate, permanent and can be seen in as little as one treatment
Body Shaping: Achieving A More Contoured And Defined Body
Body Shaping: Achieving A More Contoured And Defined BodyMay 10, 2018

Obesity is a prevalent problem in today’s developed world and it comes with multiple obesity-related medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes mellitus and many others. The treatment modalities for obesity ranges from conservative options such as diet and exercise with lifestyle modifications, medical options such as appetite suppressants eg. Duromine or Panbesy, and surgical options such as liposuction or bariatric surgery. These patients will lose significant weight and improve their Body Mass Index (BMI).

However there are some people who just cannot seem to lose that stubborn fat bulge despite how much they exercise or how well they control their diet. There are also some people who used to be obese and managed to lose significant weight but their body contour is no more defined due to skin laxity and pockets of stubborn fat. Some women after giving birth, either they have difficulties losing the extra weight gained or regaining their original body contour.

Methods of Body Shaping or Body Contouring

Surgical Therapy

  • Liposuction
  • Skin lifting surgery
  • Non-Surgical Therapy

Radiofrequency (RF)

  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Cryotherapy (Fat freezing)
  • Laser sculpting (Fotona TightsculptingTM)

Latest Advanced Non-Invasive, Non-Surgical Body Contouring Treatment

Fotona TightsculptingTM

2 Stages:

  • Sculpts fat tissue
  • Tightens skin

Dual laser wavelengths

  • NdYag (1064nm)
  • ErYag (2940nm)

First Stage

  • Stimulates fat cells metabolism
  • Constricts collagen fibers

Effects:

  • Fat reduction
  • Deep connective tissue tightening

Second Stage

  • Stimulates new collagen production
  • Promotes collagen remodelling

Effects:

  • Superficial skin tightening and lifting
  • Enhance skin elasticity

Benefits of Fotona TightsculptingTM

  • Reduce and resculpt fat deposits
  • Smooth, lift and tighten skin
  • Increase skin elasticity and suppleness
  • Improve the appearance of cellulite
  • No downtime
Everybody Deserves A Good Night Sleep
Everybody Deserves A Good Night SleepMay 10, 2018

Causes of Airway Obstruction

Aging – leading to laxity of soft tissue in the oral cavity
Overweight – increased fat around the throat
Alcohol – relax muscles in the throat
Back Sleepers – dropping of tongue when sleeping on one’s back

Adverse Effects

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of focus
  • Decreased libido
  • Contributor to relationship difficulties
  • Increased risk of stroke or heart attack

Most Advanced and Latest Non-Surgical Treatment

Garden Silent Night Laser Treatment (Fotona Nightlase)

  • Safe, effective and painless
  • Do not require hospitalisation, anaesthesia and medications
  • No downtime

Laser energy targets on soft palate, uvula, tonsils, oropharynx and base of tongue
This results in:

  • Formation of new and more elastic collagen
  • Remodeling and contraction of collagen fibres
  • –Tightening and strengthening the loose soft tissues

Effects of Nightlase

  • Elevation of soft palate and uvula
  • Lowering of the tongue
  • Improvement in upper airway volume

Nightlase Treatment Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes per session
  • Total Treatments: 3 sessions
  • Frequency of Treatments: 3 weekly
Different Types of Acne Scars
Different Types of Acne ScarsMay 10, 2018

Acne scars can be one of the most distressing and depressing problem to any person. It not only affects the person’s physical appearance but also his or her self-esteem. Fortunately, modern aesthetic technology has discovered laser treatment that can treat all types of acne scars.

Boxcar Scars

Boxcar scars can appear similar to rolling scars. The obvious difference is that boxcar scars are slightly deeper and have steeper and more defined edges which may resemble chickenpox scars.

Ice Pick Scars

Ice pick scars are deep and narrow (usually less than 2mm in diameter). They resemble large and empty pores on the skin, and they are the most conspicuous.

Types of Pimples
Types of PimplesMay 10, 2018

Blackheads and Whiteheads

These are caused by sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells clogging our pores and causing bumps under our skin. If the pore remains open after being plugged with dirt and sebum, it will appear black resulting in blackheads. If the pore is closed after being filled with impurities, it will appear white resulting in whiteheads. Both blackheads and whiteheads are removed quite easily with skin care products or superficial exfoliation.

Papules and Pustules

Large pimples as a result of clogged pores becoming extremely irritated, hence breaking down their walls, will result in formation of papules and pustules. Papules are hard when you touch them and if they are more concentrated in one area, it can create a ‘sandpaper’ feel to your skin. Pustules are yellow and have a kind of fluid similar to that in blisters. These are much harder to treat compared to blackheads and whiteheads. The treatment plan may likely consists of a combination of topical, oral and laser treatments.

Nodules and Cysts

Badly clogged pores can result in much swelling and infection may spread deeply into the skin. This will result in the formation of nodules and cysts. Nodules are hard and can be rather painful.
White cysts are soft and contain pus. The treatment plan may be more complex and likely requires a course of oral antibiotics in addition to other topical, oral and laser treatments

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