Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's Been Done Before

It can be a struggle to push forward when there are skeptics, naysayers, and expressive in-the-box thinkers.  Sometimes it's by critical people who suffer from schadenfreude; often times it's by loved ones whose criticisms stem from concern. However, if "But it's been done before," is enough to deter you from pursuing a creative or entrepreneurial endeavor, you should just go back to your 9-5 job. It's been done before, but not by me.

I've been wrapped up with a full commitment to work lately. I've been stressed, excited, frustrated, happy all at the same time with the journey, and I love the process.

Friday, September 4, 2015

First day off a Juice Cleanse: Peking Duck

After a 5 hour photoshoot all morning, I finally get to have my first solid meal since Sunday (5-day juice cleanse) with Tunglok Xihe Peking Duck! Even better, I got to have it with exceptionally fun company who were so kind as to be nice about the wild new hair I didn't choose (for the shoot this morning).

Tunglok A-Class: Victoria Cheng, Paul Foster, Darius Chia, Annabel Tan

Known as the "wagyu of duck", the famed London duck from Ireland's Silver Hill Farm is served at TungLok XiHe Peking Duck, the first in Singapore to be served traditional Peking style. The special breed of duck is unique to this farm, a hybrid of two types of duck that are specially bred for their density and porous skin–which allows better absorption of the marinade when it comes time to prep, making for the ultimate succulence and flavour for Peking duck. The London duck are of the highest standard in the world. They are fed on a diet of soy and wheat, which prevents the resulting meat from having strong odors and tasting excessively gamey.

TungLok XiHé Peking Duck (two locations)
The Grandstand 200 Turf Club Road, #01-23/26 Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 6466 3363  

Orchard Central 181 Orchard Road, #07-07/09 Singapore 238896 
Tel: +65 6736 0006

Monday, August 31, 2015

[Part 2] 5-Day Juice Cleanse Mid-Mark Commentary

Juice Cleanse Experiment courtesy of Antidote.SG

Days 1-2

The [Intermediate Juice Cleanse] is a nice balance between fruit juices, green juices, and a nutmilk. The beginner is mostly fruit juices, while the advanced is mostly green juices.

6 bottles a day for 5 days:
To start the day, bottles 1 and 2 are the only green colored juices in the pack.  They each have some fruit in it, so they are unexpectedly refreshing and palatable. The anti-inflammation and hydrating properties of the juices have been a great way to begin the morning.

But mostly, I get through those as quickly as I can in anticipation of bottle 3. I love ABC juice in general (apple, beetroot, carrot), but Antidote's Angel Falls is especially delicious.  Each ingredient is added for its health properties, but I've found the addition of coconut oil adds a silky texture to the juice, while the rosemary keeps the 500ml of juice interesting with its herbal dimension. Absolutely love this juice, it's the only bottle I finish without a problem.

That's not to say that the next three juices aren't good. Victoria Falls was my favorite juice until Angel Falls came along. I've actually posted about it before on instagram when I was diving in Bali.

The Atlantic, bottle 5, was new to me out of the Antidote range. Packed full of natural sugars from apple and pineapple, by day 2, it almost felt wonderfully sinful to drink. I felt like I should be drinking this out of a cocktail glass with a little umbrella. My friend, Adam Tun-Aung, who was giving me looks of disgust about "juice cleansing," tried a bit of this from my bottle... and then a bit more... and a bit more.  The juice is delightful.

Speaking of sinfully good, the final concoction of each day ends with this:

You know the Chinese black sesame soup dessert? Or tang yuan, the sticky rice balls filled with black sesame goodness? It reminds me of that, except in a milky bottled version, and organic. This is another bottle I have no trouble swigging through.

Notes about the cleanse:

Issues I had:
  • I started this cleanse the day after a big night out for a friend's birthday (read: alcohol). Don't do this, folks. I was thinking about bacon, egg, and cheese sammiches all day on day 1.
  • Each bottle is 500ml (2 cups), there were many times I had trouble finishing everything. They're filled with cold-pressed juices and are surprisingly filling. I drink a lot of water everyday normally, but I found I was simply too full to fill myself with additional water as I constantly do normally.
  • Being on a bottle all hours of the day, I needed access to bathrooms for what feels like every 30 mins. But thankfully, bowel movements weren't wrecking havoc (popular belief is that explosive diarrhea is part of the juice cleanse - it's not! phew!).
  • However, my stomach constantly made loud churning noises. Supremely awkward when I'm in a quiet room next to someone. I'm not sure why the noise, since I wasn't really hungry.
  • I wasn't hungry, but I missed having something to chew on. 
  • I had to turn down a lot of social meal-time gatherings, since I have crappy discipline around good food and good company. Same for needing to change my gym time, when I go for high-intensity classes with friends.  Didn't want to faint or expend excessive energy.
Good issues I had:
  • So when I was craving something to chew on, on day 2, I munched on 2 big leafy lettuce leaves. It turned out to be very satiating, ha. Due to the liquid cleanse, I suppose any tangible food feels plenty. I had 2 egg whites one afternoon (it wasn't on the list of approved foods, but I did so anyway hehehe) and it kept me full for hours.
  • Convenience. I didn't have to think about what to eat, where to eat, what to buy. It saved me a lot of time and energy that I instead spent on work and hobbies.
  • I discovered yoga isn't as boring as I thought.
  • A combination of juice cleanse + strength training at Lifestyle Fitness = lean. I already saw some positive slimming changes in my body a little past day 2. (Granted, I lose and gain weight really easily. I happened to start this cleanse when I gained a lot of weight recently)
  • I usually need minimum 3 shots of coffee a day, now just one cuppa joe carries me through the whole day.
Also to note, I have continued supplementing my diet with Swisse Vitamins (alternating between Women's Multivitamins, Hair+Nails, and Immunity). I've been taking them the past few months since seeing their positive effects and don't want to halt that at the moment. I don't know if that is overkill, I'm not a nutritionist, but I feel fine. My pee is also all sorts of bright colors now.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Experiment: 5-day Juice Cleanse with Antidote and Lifestyle Fitness

Antidote.sg's 5-day Juice Cleanse

Day 0 - Preparing for the cleanse
Just received my first 3 days worth of juices for an Intermediate level 5-day cleanse, accompanied by a Cleanse Guide. Basic instructions: Drink our juices in the order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 every 2-4 hours for the duration of your programme.

It advises to do things like

  • Hydrate with lemon water
  • Sip herbal tea
  • Plenty of rest
  • Brush your skin every morning to help blood circulation, stimulate lymphatic system, and remove dead skin
  • Light exercises
  • Go for a massage

Massage? No problemo.
And to avoid these foods (more of a problem):

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soft Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Refined Carbohydrates (white rice, white bread, pastas, etc)
  • Meat
  • Trans and Saturated Fats (fried foods)
If I get HANGRY during the journey, I'm allowed to eat broccoli, cucumber, apple, raw nuts, avocado, strawberries, low sodium vegetable broth, and I can drink black coffee.  Thank goodness for the coffee allowance.

I'll be avoiding high intensity workouts during the week, so I don't faint! Instead, I'll be working on a specialized low intensity program on the Vibrogym at Lifestyle Fitness with Alvin Tan, which has proven to be extremely effective in leaning me out in the past. (read more on that here)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

[Video] Gastronommy TV: Diageo World Class Finalist 2015 Steve Leong

Have you ever heard of a chicken rice cocktail? Victoria Cheng interviews Diageo World Class 2015 Singapore Finalist Steve Leong (Tess Bar & Kitchen) about his preparations for the World Class global finals in Cape Town this August-September 2015.

Read more about Steve Leong in this interview with Büro24/7 Singapore: http://www.buro247.sg/lifestyle/insiders/interview-with-steve-leong-winner-of-diageo-world.html

Read more about Victoria Cheng in this interview with Büro24/7 Singapore:

Shoot location:
Tess Bar & Kitchen
38 Seah Street, Singapore
Tel: +65 6337 7355

Special Thanks to Production: MLC Productions Martin Yeoh, Alvin, and Siti.

[PRESS] Friends of Büro24/7: SG50 interview with Victoria Cheng

Thanks for the Singapore Birthday interview, Büro24/7


The most underrated thing about Singapore is... how studious everyone is. Nowhere else in the world have I seen cafes with signs by the cashier notifying students not to study there during peak hours.
In 10 years time, I would like to see Singapore... living in a biospheric dome with technology you'd see in Disney's Tomorrowland. I expect nothing less, Singapore!
Singapore is uniquely... not obese despite its supper culture with high cholesterol dishes that are all greased up and deliciously full of lard.

Monday, August 24, 2015

VC Travels Perth: Vlog 8 Days in 8 Minutes

Spent 8 days in Perth, thanks to Ryan & Sylvia.  It was my first time in Western Australia, and my first time using Snapchat... I documented the trip on Snapchat and compiled it all into one video for memory's sake. Now that I'm back in Asia with proper wifi/data/phone and general communication, let me share what happened... (we had some wifi issues while we were in Perth)

Sylvia & Ryan

Stuck in one house for eight days in the middle of winter in Perth is a serious test of friendship, and I'd like to think we all passed.

We were there to film an upcoming video on Night Owl Cinematics (along with Anna, Aylna, Joanna, Bryant and NOC's hosts: Airbnb, Kat & Michael, and Phryne).

VC Travels Perth: 8 Days in 8 Minutes
Featuring: (instagram handles)@nightowlcinematics @sylsylnoc @aylna @joannalhs @anna_en @bryantlyh @phrynephotofc @mhossen @veganburg and Dan Khoo's cheese.

Places visited:
Perth Australia
Lucky Chan's
Fremantle (Freo)
Fremantle Market
Little Creatures
The Tuck Shop
Swan Valley
Feral Brewery
The Cheese Barrel
House of Honey
Houghton Winery
Whistler's Chocolate Co.
Mandoon Estate & Homestead Brewery
Habour Town Outlet Shopping
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ
Blue Boat Shed (Mounts Bay Road)
Cottesloe Beach
Wolf Lane
Grill'd Healthy Burgers
Max & Sons Coffee
140 Perth

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Infinite beauty in anything

I love everything about this scene, from the card trick (which was a real performance by Rachel Weisz), the script, the acting, and the camerawork.

Bloom: Do you feel cheated?
Penelope Stamp: The trick to not feeling cheated is to learn how to cheat.
This was a story about a girl who could find infinite beauty in anything, any little thing, and even love the person she was trapped with. And i told myself this story until it became true. Now, did doing this help me escape a wasted life? Or did it blind me so I didn't want to escape it? I don't know, but either way I was the one telling my own story...

Monday, August 3, 2015

[Giveaway] Tickets to Epicurean Market at Marina Bay Sands

Epicurean Market is back for its 3rd annual food festival at Marina Bay Sands! It is three palate-pleasing days that include master classes led by Celebrity Chefs and award-winning bartenders, a fresh produce and seafood Farmer’s Market, a massive Wine Zone for you to sample your way through the world’s cellars, a pumping After Party on Friday and Saturday nights, and so much more.

GIVEAWAY: Gastronommy has TEN (five pairs) Epicurean Market tickets to give away. It is worth S$28 for the 3-Day Pass + Entry to After Party. You also win a pair of complimentary Schott Zwiesel red wine glasses (worth S$38). http://www.marinabaysands.com/epicurean-market.html

TO WIN: Name one of the many celebrity chefs who will be at Epicurean Market in the comments below, on Facebook, or on Instagram.
Contest deadline: 13 August 2015


1. With over 30 free masterclasses over the weekend, brush up on your culinary skills and pick up some tips from the gurus.

2. Epicurean Market has searched far and wide for the best gourmet ingredients - head to the Farmer's Market and buy from who Marina Bay Sands restaurants buy from -- and at lower prices than your grocery store!

3. Pair your picnic of signature dishes from award-winning restaurants with a bottle of wine from the Wine Walk - look out for great deals and add to your home collection.

4. Head to the Epicurean Bar for hourly tasting sessions and specially concocted cocktails by award-winning mixologists.

5. Stay on for the after dark and party with resident DJs from CÉ LA VI on Friday and Saturday night. Have a drink or two at the bar with our chefs and check out pop-up restaurants by OLA Cocina Del Mar, Bar-Roque Grill and Kimchi Korean Restaurant.

Event Date and Entry Times
14 Aug, 12pm to 1am
15 Aug, 11am to 1am
16 Aug, 11am to 9pm

Sands Expo® and Convention Centre, Hall D & E
Official event hashtag: #EpicureanMarket

Friday, July 31, 2015

[Giveaway] Betty Crocker Gift Set

Hosted by Victoria Cheng, witness the unveiling of the Guinness World Record breaking of the World's Largest Cupcake Mosaic (30,000 cupcakes) on Saturday 1 Aug, at 4pm at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Concourse. In honor of the event, Betty Crocker is offering THREE exclusive Betty Crocker gift sets for Gastronommy readers.

This Saturday, 1 August 2015, come join me as I host a very special event at Suntec! Betty Crocker holds a special place in my childhood heart.  Coincidentally, even referenced the brand here on my story, "A little about me, how this all came to be..." One of the first things my toddler-self baked was the Betty Crocker brownies. It was really easy for my parents to introduce to me since it only required three items: water, eggs, vegetable oil. The best part was (and still is) licking the remaining chocolate batter off the spatula.

The older foodie me will always acknowledge that building a cupcake from scratch is another level, but I appreciate the brand for the nostalgia factor, and also how it revolutionized baking at home in the 1940s (more information below on that story).

As part of the nation's 50th birthday, we will be attempting to set a Guinness World Record for "Largest Cupcake Mosaic" and this initiative will see people from all walks of life - regardless of whether they have baking experience - in a collaborative effort to give back to the community as the finished product will be distributed to partner beneficiaries and charities.

To help spread the message, Betty Crocker is offering THREE exclusive Betty Crocker gift sets for Gastronommy readers. Why use 10 ingredients to bake a cake when you only need 3 using Betty Crocker cake mix?
The gift set contains:
Betty Crocker Comp Buttermilk Pancake mix
Betty Crocker Brownie Family Fudge
Betty Crocker DBL Choc Chunk Cookie
Betty Crocker Cookie Chocolate Chip Mix
Betty Crocker Supermoist Devils Food Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Supermoist Yellow Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin mix
Betty Crocker Supermoist Cake Mix Red Velvet

TO WIN Write in the comments below, Facebook (here), or Instagram (here): Name the only 3 ingredients needed to bake your own premium cake/ cupcake using Betty Crocker cake mix?

Event: Betty Crocker World’s Largest Cupcake Mosaic for SG50
Drop by the event with your children and experience how easy it is to make a delicious cupcake with Betty Crocker cake mix!
Hosted by Victoria Cheng, witness the unveiling of the record on Saturday 1 Aug, at 4pm at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Concourse.

As part of Singapore's SG50 celebrations, Betty Crocker set out to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Cupcake Mosaic. The current record is for 21,164 cupcakes / 125 sq meters in El Salvador! We aim to make 30,000 cupcakes in 8 hours at Suntec Convention Centre, of which the mosaic will be unveiled at the Atrium at 3pm.

This is our way to present a gift that is made by Singaporeans - young, old, all religions and races - for Singaporeans to commemorate the country's 50th birthday by giving back to the community. Cupcakes from this record-breaking structure will be donated to charities in Singapore, including Food From the Heart.

Who is this Betty Crocker? Known as the First Lady of Food, 'she' was the second most recognized female name after the United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt when the brand icon was first created. Betty Crocker is the leader in the baking category who revolutionized the process. Originally, the brand created an add-water only mix, but they realized that housewives still wanted more of a hand in the process. Thus, the three-step recipe was created.

Betty Crocker has singlehandedly changed baking in households since 1940s America, because of their easy signature 3-step process and delicious recipes for cakes and other desserts.
GIVEAWAY! Betty Crocker is offering THREE exclusive Betty Crocker gift sets for Gastronommy readers. TO WIN: Write in the comments below naming the only 3 ingredients needed to bake your own premium cake/cupcake using Betty Crocker cake mix? Hosted by Victoria Cheng, witness the unveiling of the Guinness World Record breaking of the World's Largest Cupcake Mosaic (approx 30,000 cupcakes baked in 8 hours) on Saturday 1 Aug, at 4pm at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Concourse. The gift set contains: Betty Crocker Buttermilk Pancake mix, Brownie Family Fudge, Double Chocolate Chunk Cookie, Cookie Chocolate Chip Mix, Supermoist Devils Food Cake Mix, Supermoist Yellow Cake Mix, Blueberry Muffin mix, Supermoist Cake Mix Red Velvet Detailed information on: www.gastronommy.com #gastronommygiveaway
A photo posted by the chubby ninja (@victoriacheng) on

Images from BettyCrocker.com, see Recipes by Betty Crocker.
For any enquiries, please email BETTYCROCKERSG50@GMAIL.COM

How to get to Suntec? http://www.suntecsingapore.com


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