Aug 21

Marina Square Relaxing Walk

Saturday (1 June 2013) was a special day as both Rachel and me needs to go Marina Square Shopping Mall to look at one of our event results. Both of us were very excited to see the result of our pass week (or Months) of effort. Rachel’s sisters (Laurel and Hazel) will be meeting us later on to give suggestion and etc too.

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Angry Birds Hall of Fame

Did a short windows shopping while over at Marina Square too and there was an event of Angry Bird merchandize over there. Those who spend a minium amount of things at Marina Square will also be entitled to some games here too as you can see a lot of people especially kids were having fun over at this event.

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Kids trying out the catapult for Angry Bird

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Aug 05

Moving around between Singapore and Malaysia

After just meeting with Rachel on Friday evening for dinner cum drinking session, we meet up with each other on Saturday (11 May 2013) again as we need to go Bugis to survey on some of the things which we had been preparing to buy before planned to go back to Malaysia to have dinner together with Rachel’s Family.

So we meet at up Jurong East before proceeding to Bugis. Before proceeding to shop around, we stopped by the Bugis hawker center for a lunch first. There were quite a lot of people having their meals there as from what I know there were some very popular stall over at these area and some of them even being interviewed by some of the food critics shows.

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Black Carrot Cake

Forgotten which stall are more popular ones, we just proceed to look around the place and buy anything that caught our eyes. In the end, I bough black carrot cake (Aka “Chai Tao Kway”) which was not well prepared as I was still able to taste that raw black soya sauce not really mixed well with the carrot cake though the carrot cake by itself was soft and powdery (Did not put any spring onions on top of it like most of the other carrot cake stall too). Rachel on the other hand bought Mee Rebus from one of the Malay stall (There are many more selling the same stuff).

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Mee Rebus

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May 13

Taiwan Holiday Trip (March 2013) – Day 1 (Part 1)

As it will be super long blog post if I were to post everything done in 1 day, I had divided it into different parts depending on the length of my post. So here goes.

Continuing my previous Taiwan Holiday Summary post, Rachel and I have been preparing for this Taiwan trip for a long time since last year (2012) and it would also be my very first time planning the whole holiday itinerary (Last time only follow while my family do the planning). To cut things short, today is the first day of flying over to Taiwan!!! There are a total of 5 person (Including me) for this holiday trip making 2 girls (Rachel and Laurel) and 3 guys (Me, Xiang Bao (XB) and XB’s brother).

Since our flight is on Wednesday (20 March 2013) at 8:30am in the morning, we must reached Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, 2 hours earlier which means by 6:30am, we need to start checking in our luggage. As it would be difficult and expensive to take cab alone to the airport, I had make arrangement for both Rachel and Laurel to stay over-night at my house (with me giving up my bed for them and sleeping on the mattress on the floor) and to take the maxi cab together to the airport (Actually also to pick up XB and his bro but they went to airport there to sit the whole night to save on the cab. :p ).

The taxi driver who are assigned to fetch us was very punctual and called us up when he never see us at the assigned location (He arrived early and we are still not consider late. ;p ). Even so, he is quite friendly and helped us with the luggage to be loaded in the maxi cab. We paid him cash when we arrived at the airport and he gives me his namecard just in case we need to hire him some other days

Maxi Cab Driver: Anthony Chin
Contact: 8180 3581
Email: anthonymaxicab@gmail.com

Actually we never really get much sleep as we went out the night before to relax before returning back to my house so all of us are kind of stoning when we are at the airport. We met up with XB and his brother, went to check in our luggage before proceed to have our early morning breakfast at McDonalds as the time is still early. Time goes very fast and we need to proceed to the loading of our plane using Tiger Airways.

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Checked in and ready to fly

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Clear blue sky during the journey (Lucky able to get windows seat)

As we are taking budget airlines, there are no free food provided unless you are willing to spend on it. This is quite good for us as we will know the staff will not bother us in our sleep during these time too. Took a nap during the whole journey (Waking up a while here and there to take photos) to get back some of our energy.

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Touch down at Tao Yuan Airport (Taiwan)

The whole process of checking in from Singapore airport to exit Taiwan Airport was fast and not much of any issue. When we touch down at the airport, we split into 2 groups as I went to purchase a pre-paid SIM Card to allow unlimited Internet Access and some free call time for us to use during the whole duration in Taiwan while Rachel and the rest went to find the Youth Counter to collect some freebies as mentioned in a lot of Taiwan blogs.

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ChungHwa Telecom – 7 Days unlimited Data usage with some bundled voice calls @ NT$450

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Apr 26

A Foodie Day out with Rachel and Laurel

Rachel managed to borrow her family car to come into Singapore as she needs to use it to fetch her father from the Airport later on so on Saturday (23 February 2013), she drive into Singapore together with Laurel, come to fetch me and off we go for a day of foodie trip (To some places normally we will not go) and our first stop is Tiong Bahru for Shark meat Lor Mee which Laurel had never eaten before and both Rachel and I wish to intro her to it and in the same time have our lunch there as we did not eat at this place for quite a while.

The lor mee stall is located at level 2 of the Tiong Bahru old market (Level 1 is wet market) and this place is famous for it good food (A few popular stall located here). As usual, when we reached the place, there are quite a lot of people having their meals here and there is already a queue at the Shark Meat Lor Mee stall.

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Famous Shark Meat Lor Mee 178

You will be able to see there is always a queue at this stall for their Lor Mee (There are other stall selling lor mee too) and the staff inside are seen to be always deep frying Shark meat Nuggets and some other side dishes of the Lor Mee.

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Shark Meat Nuggets with a lot of crispy bits and some pork slice meat

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Apr 25

Dinner Over at Toa Payoh Central

As Rachel wish to buy something over at Toa Payoh Central, we arranged to go there right after our work on Friday (22 February 2013) for dinner before looking around as windows shopping to see if we can find what Rachel wish to buy. Laurel and one of her colleague joined us for the dinner and in the first place, Rachel actually wanted to find a stall selling Peranakan dishes but found out that it is no longer operating their business in that stated place.

In the end, we end up dining over at this hawker/restaurant stall named “Hiang Ji Roasted Meat & Noodle House” at one corner of the back lane as the staff is very persistent in getting us to dine at their place and since I saw that there are quite a lot of customer eating at this place, we thought that their food should be quite nice to eat.

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Front View of the restaurant

The restaurant is actually a stand alone hawker stall with their own sets of tables and chairs. We looked through the menu and started to order our dish. Overall, the staff are very attentive and is quick to answer our queries and request.

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Duck Rice

Very bad choice to eat at this place as the rice is very hard. Should be never put enough water to cook or taken out before it is fully cooked. Meat wise is even worst!!! There are not much edible meat given but mostly is bones while the meat texture is quite tough and when you eat, you could even eat or bite into some crushed bones (Though the duck did taste nice) which gives an overall bad dining experience at this stall. There are no side soup given as what other duck rice stall would do and I think the only good thing is their sauce.

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Duck Noodle

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Apr 11

Ex-Infra Gathering over at Lavender Food Square

Its been a while since I last met up with my ex-colleague cum buddies over for a dinner and chat up on recent activities so we took this chance to meet up with each other on Monday (14 January 2013) over at Lavender Food Square (Or some called it “Eminent Food Centre”) which one of them want to introduce to me the food being sold there. (They had eaten there before and think it is very nice so wish to share it with me and another ex-colleague).

As all of us do not own any vehicles, we took public transport (MRT) to Lavender MRT station before walking about 10 to 15 minutes to reach our destination. This place looks a lot like Lau Pa Sat located in the CBD area and there are quite a lot of people visiting this place too.

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Based on some of the reviews which I checked later on, there are quite a lot of people giving this place a thumb up for its good food.

Anyway, my friends started to go buy the dishes to share the food together which includes the following:

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Chicken Wings @ $1.20 per wing and Satay @ $0.50 per stick

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Sep 12

Gathering time over a supper at Fine Taste Eating House

It is Saturday and the first day of the September (1 September 2012) but I am too tired to go out in the afternoon while Rachel went back to Malaysia so basically, I slept for the whole afternoon at home to get back some of my energy during the weekdays.

My Second and Third sister come to my home during the evening for dinner together and since it is a Saturday, they suggested to go out after dinner for some dessert but when we are in the car thinking of what dessert to eat, my second sister suggested to go over to this coffeeshop where they sell fruit beer (Cider). As this is quite interesting, both my third sister and me decided to go for it together with my second bro-in-law who actually came to fetch my second sister back home.

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