Experience · Travel

Singapore Trip – day 2

We woke up quite late and then had to think about where to have breakfast. I can’t eat many in the morning, so I prefer a small portion of breakfast. My husband suggested a place in Wheelock Place, so we departed there as soon as we ready to go. On the way there, we found Watanabe Coffee, so we decided to try this one instead πŸ˜€

After breakfast, we were ready to go around with full tummy! It was a nice breakfast. It was 10.30 am and we need to go back to hotel by 12 pm, so we just strolled around ION mall.

There was a nice offer at H&M for man’s blazer. Good slim fit style for only SGD 30 and SGD 50! Good deal.

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Saw this bear necklace for kids and I was thinking about my friend’s daughter. She would loved it. I sent message to my friend and didn’t get respond :s Bye bear necklace~

Later on, she replied back and wanted the blue one for her daughter. Okay, so.. I will look for it again then!

For lunch, I had appointment with my friend (which was my boss) and her family at Wild Honey in Scotts Square. They didn’t accept reservation. I came early so I made reservation on the spot and they put me on the list. After a while, I got a phone call from them, but it was an automatic answering machine. It told me that the table is ready and if I want to delay for 5 minutes, I need to press 2. And press 3 if I want to cancel the reservation. My friend was not there yet so I pressed 2, and it told me they will keep the table for the next 10 mins and if I didn’t show up, they would give it to next customer.

Then I was thinking, since I was already there why not trying to get a table for us. I approached the person in charge and said I got the message that the table is ready. She asked me where were my friends… I told her that they were in parking lot and on the way up (I lied a bit, yeah.. but not necessarily wrong since they were close by already :D). She refused to give me table until at least some of the people were there. The best would be all present at entrance. No chance then. Back to waiting..

When my friends arrived, we went in immediately. There were no empty table inside. It made sense that they are really strict in reservation term. The food in Wild Honey is all day breakfast. Almost all the menu consists of eggs and bread. I ordered I love NY. Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, and bagel.

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The food is delicious. Eggs were cooked and seasoned perfectly. My bagel also nice. I like the sour cream as well. All of this for about SGD 22++ Quite expensive eh?

I went back to hotel right away after lunch, cos I had a heavy package of bakwa! The specialty meat from Singapore. My friend told me that this brand is the best bakwa in Singapore. Can’t wait to try it later at home.

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Lim Chee Guan Bakwa

After resting for a while, I went out again to meet other old friend in City Hall MRT Station. I saw a Guardian so we went there to get something for my dry hair. I washed my hair in the morning and it become really dry because I didn’t use any conditioner. Found something interesting by L’ucidol but I wasn’t sure how good it is. The shopkeeper approached me and offered me another brand. They have small packaging so it’s easier to carry and if it doesn’t work I won’t feel guilty as well xD She gave me free sample of hair shampoo and hair conditioner as well. Nice!

We strolled around Citylink Mall and found some fashion shops. They have nice items and reasonable price as well. The dresses are around SGD 30+, with several styles. They have fitting room as well so we can try it easily. Some stores are busy and need to queue to get into fitting room.Β We walked to Esplanade direction afterward. There are several pop up stores as well there. Also with reasonable price. We didn’t go in into every shops because of limited time we have. But we managed to stop by at accessories shop πŸ˜€

I need to meet my husband back at Cityhall MRT Station. We planned to have dinner at Song Fa Bakkut Teh, but my friend suggested another place which, according to her, has a good bakkut teh as well. It is in Bukit Timah area. I’ve been in the restaurant once (with her) before. And it was okay. So I agreed with her suggestion and kind of forced my husband to try it out πŸ˜€

To reach the place, the nearest MRT station is Beauty World MRT Station. Walk out from there and go to restaurant row. The place’s name is Koon Bakkut Teh. They have similar menu as Song Fa.

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Koon Bakkut Teh

Unfortunately, they tasted bad 😦 I ate here before and it was good food, but not now. Their soup was so bland, feels like overflown water on soup. Their salted vegetable was never won from Song Fa though. The homemade Ngo Hiang also just so-so. This was a disappointing dinner meal..

We went back to hotel afterward and just rest to prepare for the next day. Thank you for reading my adventure in Singapore day 2. See you again!

Ciao.

Bread · Food

Watanabe Coffee – Singapore

We walked out from our hotel and planned to have breakfast at one of cafe in wheelock place. When we passed by Shaw Center, we saw Watanabe Coffee has opened and they have breakfast as well. We went here instead πŸ˜€

It was around 9.20 am when we entered the coffee shop. There were not many people at that time. They only serving breakfast menu, until 10 am. They will have brunch menu at 10 am to 12 am, but in the morning they only serve breakfast menu.

There are several choice for breakfast. We tried their set menu, 1 toast, 1 egg and 1 drink (coffee / tea / juice). The price for set is around SGD 8 in average. Not bad eh?

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The coffee was okay. Vietnamese coffee still better haha!

It took so long to get our food even though not many customers at that time. There are only 2 waitress as well. Very efficient in human power. They both handle everything from order until payment, and cleaning up.

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Banana Cinnamon Toast

My husband ordered banana cinnamon toast with hard boiled egg. They gave him wrong egg. It was not hard boiled egg, so we complaint and they gave him a new egg. The toast was really good! Very tasty and the sweetness was perfect. A good choice! Definitely recommend this one.

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Pizza toast

I ordered pizza toast and onsen egg. This one was delicious as well, but really heavy. I couldn’t finished it, so I gave some to my husband πŸ˜€ Win win solution. Onsen egg also cooked well.

Overall the food is tasty. I like their taste in music as well. Very cozy feeling. Next time you look for a place to have breakfast, consider to give them a visit.

Ciao.

Experience · Food · Travel

Singapore Trip – day 1

I wasn’t looking forward to this trip, because I have to do a check-up during my stay there. Woke up this morning at 5.15 am, finished packing my stuff and went to airport at 6.30 am. There wasn’t traffic jam and I arrived around 7 am at airport. I didn’t have my luggage with me, because my husband will carry it with him after he’s finished with work. My flight was with tiger air. The queue was not bad, I picked the shortest queue with not many checked-in baggage. But ended up waiting longer because of the trainee at the counter.

After I finished my check-in, I need to go through the first labyrinth. Security check. At least they make line so it was not that bad. It just looked terrible because of too many people at a time in 1 long queue, but the wait was not that long.

Next one is the immigration. Second labyrinth. This one always frustrates me because of the way they are queuing. I saw the line at most right side had a chance to be served by 2 counters. There is a counter for priority passenger, and if no one is there the officer will call the person on the line at most right side. Good chance! I picked that line of course. Just as about 3 persons standing on priority line. . . In the end, it was the same with other line.

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I was waiting at gate 16 but they changed it to gate 19. Luckily it is not far, so I didn’t have to walk far πŸ˜€ I saw a water (drinking) station before gate 16 and a water dispenser before gate 18. So next time I will bring empty water bottle and get water from there instead of buying. Yes, i’m cheapskate! This time I bought it from a store for USD $2! Or 45k vnd.

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The flight was on-time. I arrived at Changi International Airport terminal 2 at 11.55 pm as scheduled. I went directly to arrival, passed the immigration and custom check, and straight to money changer to buy simcard. There are several kiosk that sell simcard, but my favorite is Travellex Money Changer. They have Singtel Hi! Tourist 5 day for SGD15. Great deal. Starhub also have something similar for SGD18. Since I’m only staying in Singapore for 5 days, I bought that Singtel 5-day tourist simcard. There is other packages as well. You can check it at the counter.

I went to the city by train (MRT). Terminal 2 is very convenient as the MRT station is at the same building, so I don’t have to take sky train to other station to get on the train. It was raining when I arrived in Singapore. My friend told me it has been since 6 am. So I decided to look for lunch nearby Orchard area. I chose Food Republic in Wisma Atria.

When you don’t know what to eat, it is better to go for food court to get some ideas. Food Republic in Wisma Atria is one of my favorite. The location and the food variant are good. It is close by from Orchard MRT Station. They have Japan food city too now! As I strolled around Food Republic, I found one food I wanted. It was chicken cutlet noodle!

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Chicken Cutlet Noodle @ RedRing Treasures Cutlet Noodles

The place called RedRing Treasures Cutlet Noodles. I was interested in 2 dishes. Chicken cutlet and squid cutlet. I actually like squid better but I need to remember my health.. And squid is trickier to cook. I hate chewy squid. So I picked chicken instead. Paid SGD 5.5. While waiting for my food, I read that their cutlet was marinated for 24 hours before fried. Interesting.

Since I came there alone, I couldn’t asked someone to look for a place to sit for me. So I walked around with a tray, trying to find a place to sit and eat. It was hard on lunch hour, even tho it was already 1 pm still many people eating there. When I finally found a place, I tried the cutlet. It was delicious! The meat is tender and they tasted very good. So they weren’t lying about marinated the cutlet! I like this! The noodle also good. Chinese thin noodles. Recommended to try.

After lunch, I walked to my hotel and stopped by at Shaw Center to see the pet shop there. There is 1 pet shop inside Shaw Center on 4th floor, called Pet Lovers Centre. I didn’t look for something in particular. Just browsing and see if they have a good collar for my friend. She asked me to let her know if I found one for her dog. But there was nothing special about the collar. They are just normal collar without any design. I looked around the shop and didn’t find anything interesting to buy. Found some stuffs that are available in Ho Chi Minh City as well, and their prices are higher here.

I checked in at my hotel and rest for a bit. At 6.20 pm I went to Novena Station and met my friend. We planned to have dinner together. At first, I wanted to try Founder Bakkut Teh. But they are located in Balestier Road, about 20 mins walking from the station. Too far.. Gonna starve before reach the place. We decided to look around in Square 2. My friend has a favorite ramen place there and it had queue when we arrived at the shop. So we were walking around looking for another option, and we found Seoul Yummy.

We sat at the corner table. The table next to us ordered Buddae Jigae, a mixed of meat, vegetable, and noodle in kimchi soup. Very interesting, but also looks spicy… Me and spicy food, never get along 😦 In the end, we ordered something else. My friend ordered a spicy kimchi ramen with chicken and cheese.

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Spicy Kimchi Ramen with Chicken and Cheese

I ordered grilled eel bibimbap. I forgot to take a picture of it 😦 For the drink, we ordered roasted barley tea. Overall the food is okay. It is spicy and more to the sweet taste than salty. I don’t mind a little spicy food as long as it’s salty as well. But this restaurant mostly has sweet taste. Even on their side dishes.

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Among the appetizer / side, I like the tofu the most since it’s salty xD In total, I spent SGD 22 for foood and drink. Quite expensive and the food was not impressive. Definitely not recommend this place.

After dinner, we walked around inside Square 2. There are not many shops there, but at least have a few interesting shops. The first one we saw was Korean supermarket. They are selling korean product (doh!).

20161007_201954.jpgThis noodle, according my friend, can be made as seen on korean drama. Cooked it and add chesse then eat with kimchi. She said it is very yummy. I should try it!! But I don’t want to buy the noodle here and carry it over to vietnam… Let’s see if I can find it in Ho Chi Minh City. They have a new korean supermarket in the city.

Next is Japan Store. Many household products and they are cheap as well. Also many Japanese product. So I like this place.

We entered several fashion shops as well, but didn’t buy anything. The products are not good and their price is high. I saw 1 dress, very simple and no brand. Price tag is SGD 83. Good bye!

On ground floor I saw Vincci. This one is a shoe brand from Malaysia if I’m not mistaken. My other friend used to like this so much because it’s comfortable to wear and affordable price. We looked around the small corner of Vincci and didn’t find anything to buy at the moment. But at least this friend of mine found a new place to buy her next shoes πŸ˜€

The last shop we stopped by was Miss Empire. This shop has MANY cute accesories. Earrings, bracelets, necklace, bag charm, etc. Their products are from korean. There are some product from Paris, France as well. I found and owl earrings! It’s so cute, couldn’t resist to buy it. The earrings price range are from SGD 15 to SGD 49. They have gold plated ones and silver ones.

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They have other branches as well. And each branch has special collection. For example, the branch at Clarke Quay has more collection for party people, and at Orchard Central has style for Japanese people. Interesting… I need to check it out πŸ˜€ The shopkeeper asked me to check their website as well. http://www.missempire.com.sg.

That was all for day 1. There was not much to do other than eat and shop πŸ˜€ but at least it was a productive one because I tried new things and found new things as well!

Thanks for reading my adventure in Singapore during my 1st day here. See you on next post!

Ciao.

Experience · Hobby

Buying camera or lens in Singapore

When I told my friend that I want to buy a lens (or camera) in Singapore, some of them asked me why. Why didn’t I just buy it here in Vietnam?! The first reason was I couldn’t communicate with the seller here. Maybe they can speak English though, but most of them no. Β The second reason was I was not sure with the product authenticity in Vietnam. So I decided to buy it when I visited Singapore.

I bought a camera before there in one of the store in Funan Digitalife Mall. It’s called Click! Camera. I found it online and I followed a suggestion given by people, that said I need to send email first and ask for quotation. This was to prevent from being cheated by the shopkeeper. Many cases happened in Singapore on which people got cheated by given a higher price than it should be. So, it is better to email them first and get a quotation from shop owner. Then when you come to the shop, you can show them the price you got. It’s much safer. There were several shops that I found, but the one who was really helpful was from Click! Camera.

This time I wanted to buy a fixed lens for my camera. I sent email to them and asked for specific model, then they replied with the price and availability. Too bad the lens I want was sold out 😦 I did some research again to find the replacement for that lens, and I got it. It’s a 50 mm lens, and it was not expensive as well. They have 2 stores, and they let me know the stock on each store for that lens.

I went there with my friend, to the one at Orchard Road (Centrepoint). They have different name for the shop! I was hesitating until I asked the shopkeeper and she said it’s the same store. She helped me find the lens I want (the one that I had already given the price). I saw the price was SGD $450. The quotation I got was SGD $295. I didn’t say anything about the price at first. I wanted to know how much discount she can give me. She checked on the computer and gave me the discounted price which was still higher than the quotation. So I told her that I got the price from owner, and she didn’t say anything.

I also bought the filter, for SGD $29. Not that bad compared to the protection it gives to my lens πŸ˜€ And this is it! I have a new lens for my camera πŸ˜€ It’s a pity the color is silver.. I wanted the black one.

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For those who want to buy camera or lens in Singapore, you can contact Click! CameraΒ info@clickcameras.com.sg

Tel:+65 6226 7226Β Β Β Β Β 

Fax:+65 6226 7077

www.clickcameras.com.sg

109 North Bridge Road, #04-15, Funan Digitalife Mall, Singapore 179097

176 Orchard Road, #03-10, Centrepoint, Singapore 238843

Hope this helps!