Pineapple Tarts Singapore {Review}

Which goodies make you think of Chinese New Year? For me, there is only a handful of goodies because those were the staples in my home when I was a child. They are pineapple tarts, kueh bangkit, fried prawn roll (hae bi hiam) and bak kwa.

When Pineapple Tarts Singapore offered to send over their CNY goodies for me to try, it was difficult to resist. I am technically on a diet but I knew my family would enjoy them. And I think eating in moderation is fine too.

They actually offered to send over the Cheese Pineapple tarts but I opted for something savoury and less calories per serving.

This is one serving of the fried prawn rolls by Pineapple Tarts Singapore and 12g of it = 54 calories.

Pineapple tarts singapore review

Can I stop at 4 each time? With tons of self-control, yes. 😀 But for my son, the answer is obvious.

Pineapple tarts singapore review

He’s 5 but age doesn’t stop him from being a fan of hae bi hiam. I think his face tells you how much he enjoys the fried prawn rolls. My hubby and I are impressed by the crunchiness of the prawn rolls, the hae bi hiam is spicy enough (my mil thinks so too), and the amount of filling is reasonable enough.

While spicy food is my boy’s kind of thing, my girl likes sweet food and pineapple tarts is one of her favourites. I’m an ‘evil’ mom so I limit sweet food generally, so I’d give at most two pineapple balls a day.

Pineapple tarts singapore review

Pineapple tarts singapore review

One pineapple tart by Pineapple Tarts Singapore is 74 calories, which is 10 calories less than the pineapple tarts sold by other companies. For calorie watchers, this is good news! 😀

Pineapple tarts singapore review

The crust is is buttery but not overwhelming and the pineapple filling is generous and tart enough for my liking. I dislike pineapple tarts with fillings that are only sweet. Too one-dimensional. Also, although the tarts have less sugar than other companies’, they still taste good.

I personally prefer the hae bi hiam rolls because they are the best I’ve tasted in a long long while.

If you are interested in getting pineapple tarts or these awesome hae bi hiam rolls, you can do so on their website. . If you want to sample the CNY goodies before making a purchase, please drop them an email at pineappletartssg@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.

You can also make use of my discount code Angie10 when checking out your purchase to get 10% off. Promo code valid till 28 Jan 2017!

Pineapple Tarts Singapore

39 Jalan Pemimpin

#03-04 Tai Lee Industrial Building

Singapore 577182

 

Disclosure: We received the two tubs of CNY goodies from Pineapple Tarts Singapore. No monetary compensation was received.

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Fat Freeze: The Next Logical Move

After my dismal attempt at slimming down my thighs this year through exercise (see my 2016 mid-year goal review post), I decided that I needed professional help. During my first appointment with Dr. Terence Tan of Halley Medical Aesthetics, he had made two suggestions with respect to my concerns of the appearance of my legs.

After having tried out the CoolSculpting treatment for my thighs, I made the decision to give it a go with the CoolMini for my knobbly knees when I went back for the review of the treatment for my thighs.

CoolSculpting Thighs

You may be wondering if there are fats at the knee to freeze. I’m not sure about you, but I definitely have quite a chunk of fat to freeze there. For years now, I’ve come to stop buying skirts or dresses that stop just slightly above the knee because that just draws too much attention to my knobbly knees.

I know of toning exercises for thighs (which haven’t worked so well for me, either), but I seriously have no idea what I can do about the fat in my knees. Until now, of course!

What is CoolMini? 

CoolMini works in the same way as CoolSculpting (you can read more about how CoolSculpting works in my previous post).

The main difference is that the CoolMini has a much smaller applicator that is used to target the stubborn fats in the knees, double chin, and bra fat at the armpit regions.

coolmini info

Treatment Day

On the treatment day, Dr. Terence Tan briefed me again about the procedure.

CoolMini Treatment

After that, he did a pinch test for the area around my knee to ascertain how much fat there is and suggest how many sessions I might need.

CoolMini Treatment

Subsequently, it was time to decide where to place the applicator and mark the spot using the applicator template to ensure that the CoolMini applicator will be placed correctly.

CoolMini Treatment

Dr. Terence Tan actually gave me some suggestions on the applicator placements, but I decided to let him make the call as I trust his professional opinion.

He then took photos of my knees so that we would be able to compare the difference in 2 to 3 months time when I return for review.

Treatment was straightforward since I have experience with CoolSculpting (you can view my CoolSculpting video in this post). I was definitely not as apprehensive as I was the previous time.

 

CoolMini Treatment

Getting into position for treatment

CoolMini Treatment

All set for treatment with the applicator held in place with the use of a band

Here’s the video of the process:

Was it cold? Unlike CoolSculpting for my thighs, I hardly felt cold this time when the applicator was placed on – probably because the area is much smaller and also less sensitive. I didn’t even need to put on socks this time, though I did eventually put on my cardigan.

Was it painful? Not at all! I played Sudoku on my phone throughout the treatment.

How long does it take? The CoolMini treatment takes about 45 minutes per knee. Halley Medical Aesthetics is one of the few clinics in Singapore that offers DualSculpting, which is the use of two CoolSculpting machines at the same time (read my previous post for the FAQ I compiled on my CoolSculpting experience). This effectively reduces treatment time by half.

What happens after the treatment?

The area where the applicator was placed was reddish when the applicator was removed. After a while, the redness disappeared and basically that is it! No pain, no downtime. In fact I went straight to pick up my boy after his holiday class at The Learning Lab and I didn’t get any funny looks from anyone.

Now it’s just to wait for the frozen fat cells to be removed naturally by the body system! Will update in 2 to 3 months time!

 

Halley Medical Aesthetics

277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
T: 6737 8233 | www.halley.com.sg

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