Monday, August 8, 2011

Special Tasting Menu @ Sage Restaurant

I enjoy good food, beauty of mother nature, small wonderful things in life.
Life is beautiful.

Vichyssoise of Cream Artichoke with Cognac Abalone and Avruga Caviar. Simply heavenly, creamy yum!

Roasted Duck Foie Gras with Flambe Martell Cognac berries.

Granny Smith Apple Granite with Martell Cognac Jelly

Two way preparation of Wagyu Beef with Mushroom Flambe Martell Cognac

Baked Apple in Phyllo Pastry serves with Home Made Cognac ice-cream.

Such a blessing to dine in Sage again, always a joy to taste Chef Daniel's new menu.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ballet for the Body: Barre Classes

All women envy the dancer. Yes, they are coordinated, artistic and trained athletes. But mainly, we envy them because of their perfectly sculpted, toned physiques. As someone who has endeavored practically every mainstream sport, I can proudly say that when I trained in ballet and jazz, my body was the leanest and lightest it has ever been.

So what is it about this gentle training system that keeps the body so thin without adding bulky muscles? If you haven’t noticed, ballet has similar characteristics and benefits as that of yoga and pilates, except it works to turn your hip and legs outward. It focuses on flexibility, while also strengthening your muscles with certain held positions. The constant stretching also works to elongate your muscles, which keeps everything longer and thinner. Since ballet never requires you (the female dancer) to use any outside resistance, except the weight of your own body parts, the muscles remain lean.

Ballet is a very disciplined, highly technical activity that does not put an abundance of strain on the body, like other rigorous sports. It also works to train the body to dance in perfect symmetry, which after years of training can be extremely rewarding.

Recap on the benefits:

-Constant stretching elongates the muscles
-Held poses tone muscles, especially the core
-Constant movement burns calories
-Never uses more than own body weight for resistance

Barre Classes at AT THE BARRE with Founder & Creator Staphanie Mun Chen

Yes, putting on a leotard and tights can be a little intimidating and downright scary for some of us. But don’t worry, adult classes are geared for those who would simply like to enjoy the many benefits of beautiful ballet dancing.

Book your slot now.
whatsapp / Call 012-385-1501

American Ballet Theater Spring 2011, New York City

Finally, I get to watch my favourite ballet big names perform live at the Metropolitan Opera House, NYC.

I watched Julie Kent in Cinderella, Alina Cojocaru in Coppelia and Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake! I absolutely love watching them!

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