Kai Samurai Spirit Special Edition Nail Clipper Review

So I was shopping at my favorite 24hr shopping mall in Singapore- Mustafa Centre in a foul mood just now.

Decided do some retail therapy…

Came across these zen + Jap looking nail cutters at the men’s grooming section and was instantly attracted to them coz I have been looking for a nail clipper for office (with cover to prevent the nails from flying everywhere when cutting) but cannot find, and these are really quite gorgeous looking! Simple and “Muji” feel…

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The thing you should know is I am used to using Pasar Malam quality nail clipper all my life, appx <$1 each. Was a lil taken aback when the small Kai clipper cost like $3.90!

It might be because I am sick of using mediocre clippers, or that I'm simply in a bad mood and not thinking correctly, I circled the aisle 2 times in hesitation and decided to give this atas Kai Samurai Spirit Special Edition Nail Clipper a go.

Can't decide between the orange or white ones.. Picked a small white one in the end. The prices of other sizes are on the picture…

Lingered around the mall a bit more after I checked out my purchases, I chanced upon another aisle, selling all other brands of nail clippers. Manicare, Revlon.. And Kai pro series and ladies series of all sorts! Just when I thought $3.90 is expensive, those versions start from $8.40!! WTH!! They are not even made with Titanium!!! At this point, I'm quite certain that Kai is a branded product and actually quite happy with my special, manly edition that cost $3.90!

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And now for the review…

The BEST $3.90 I can ever spend on a nail clipper!!! The Kai Samurai Spirit Special Edition nail clipper is true to its name! Cuts very cleanly and super smoothly, just like a Samurai doing a manicure for me! Ok, that was a lil too over exaggerating, but it’s good. Definitely the best nail clipper I have ever used. I also love the small embedded metal file plate that smoothens the edges of the nails! Finale to my now neat and short nails!

Guess my mood did improved abit after such a good buy and a pampering nail cutting experience.. Haha.. Now I can’t wait for my nails to grow so I can use this baby again! Oh wait! I haven’t done my toes! Gonna get to them tomorrow! Yay!!! =P

(PS: Are there any brands of nail cutters that you have used before that is as amazing? Do share! I’m now contemplating on getting the medium ones for home use! Hmmm… Lolx!!!)

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Chef Arty’s Lazy No-Bake Chocolate Pie, Durian Pengat on a Rainy Sunday…

What do you do with:

1) Excess 70% Cocoa Lindt chocolates from the crazy sale at Value Dollar Shop;

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2) Cheap but badly chosen, Not-So-Nice + under-ripe batch of Durian from the Pasar Malam;

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3) Rainy Sunday that got you trapped at home? (This picture was taken at KSL hotel lobby and not my home by the way! Lolx!)

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Yup, u got it!

1) Traditional No-Bake Chocolate Pie

2) Durian Pengat

Okie, if at this point, you are looking for a proper recipe, you are outta luck.. Coz am quite random when it comes to cooking.. That is why I can never bake a cake that requires precise measurements.. Cooking should be FUN and I love going with my gut, tongue and preference.. So if you are like me, you may use the following ingredients to make the simple, sinful and über delicious desserts! Let me know how yours turn out! =D

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

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Crust:
Crushed digestive biscuits
Sugar
Melted butter

Combine all of them together (with hands) and press into shape into your preferred pie tray/ bowl.
Set in fridge for 1hr. Mine actually didn’t turn out too well and crumbles too easily. Think I added too little melted butter.

Chocolate Filling:
Melted chocolate
Cooking Cream
Sugar
Whipped Cream (Gotta take note here: Whipped till peak is formed. Underwhip and ur filling will be too watery, over and the cream will collapse)

Cook melted chocolate, sugar and cream together and bring to a soft boil.
Fold in whipped cream into the slightly cooled mixture.
Pour into crust.
Set in fridge for a further 2hrs, or till you are ready to eat.

Durian Pengat

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What you will need:
Durian
Cooking Cream (recommend using coconut cream. I used only cooking cream coz there were leftover from the chocolate pie)

Sugar (plenty)
Gula Melacca (very impt especially if you are not using coconut cream)
Pinch of salt

Boil durian and cream in slow fire. Add sugar and gula malacca. Cook till sugar melted and you get a mash-like consistency. Stir in a pinch of salt. Set aside pot to cool before putting in fridge for further 2-3hrs. Best served chilled. If you have some whipped cream, you can also garnish the dessert with little cream thorns like what I did!

*Tips on where to buy the best and cheapest ingredients:

Value Dollar Shop
Chocolate
Digestive Biscuits

Phoon Huat aka Red Man
Butter
Cooking Cream
Whipped Cream