It was a Tuesday (30 July 2013) and Xiang Bao organized a farewell dinner together with his “god-sister” as she will be leaving company and going oversea to be with her hubby. Since we had eaten over at Crystal Jade located at Holland Village branch before, we decided to have our farewell dinner at this place.
Waiting for our turn to enter the restaurant
As we were early and the restaurant was not opened for business (Buffet section), we had to wait for them to start and go up to have our dinner. There were many others who were also waiting to have their dinner fix over at this place too and this was even when we had reserved our tables in advance.
Price list of the buffet
Menu of the buffet
When the restaurant started to open for business, we were guided to our table without much delay and the staff were quick to handle the rest of the customers to their tables. Within a few minutes, the whole restaurant at level 2 which was allocated for the steamboat buffet was full of customers. We did not waste our time and started to order our dishes during these time.
Though I would say the space between each tables were quite near to each other and if the restaurant were full house, it would be quite noisy and crowded with not much space to move around as the staff were quite busy serving and clearing up empty plates. If the table you were seated at where at one hidden corner, you would have some problem in getting the attention of the staff to answer to your request and etc.
One of our ex-colleague’s birthday is around the corner and her boyfriend (Who was in the same group of friends) organized a dinner cum drinking celebration as a get together. The date was decided to be on Friday (26 July 2013) right after our work and since it was a Friday, we get to stay out late as all of us do not need to work on Saturday.
We all meet up over at City Hall MRT before walking over to “The Connoisseur Concerto (TCC)” Beach Center Branch as they mentioned had lesser crowd so we can relax and enjoy our meal in a quiet environment. As most of us were TCC members and whenever any of our birthday was on that month, we will get 50% off our total bills and our birthday girl was also a member too.
The restaurant was true enough to be quite comfortable without many people having their meals there (The place was quite a far walking distance too) as we saw only 2 groups of diners there. The environment was nice too with a few sofa seats and the space between each tables where nicely apart so you will not feel uncomfortable with other people too near to you.
Having joined my current company for less than 1 year, I was able to attend the company dinner and dance celebration on Friday (12 July 2013). We were given early release from work at 3pm for us to go back home to change or to prepare ourselves for the dinner and dance. This was not like the one which I used to have from my ex-company (Christmas Party was being treated like Dinner and Dance there) where we need to become part of the dancer and etc for the entertainment which I really hate it as it was not taking part willingly type while dinner was always a buffet style instead of banquet dinner which most of the bigger companies will do.
Took this photos after the dinner and dance ended
Anyway, we were told to reached Carlton Hotel ballroom at 7pm where the dinner and dance will be hosted. The ballroom was located at level 2 and one can either take the lift or walk up the stairs. Finding our ballroom was not hard as there were big signboard of our company event along the walkway
A day had passed from our Pulau Ubin Trip and we had planned to meet up again to go for a movie date on Sunday (7 July 2013) at The Cathay for Despicable Me 2 as we had 2 x free tickets from my sister to watch it.
Reached The Cathay very early to redeem our free tickets and select a good seats before going for our lunch. We eaten our lunch at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen located at the basement of The Cathay (Too common so never took any photos of it). The time was just right for us to have our lunch first before going for our movie date together.
This was a great and funny show which was both suitable from young kids to adults with their cute minions. I loves the last part where they sang those pop songs.
Some photo taking while waiting for train.
After enjoying our movies, it was about 4plus in the afternoon. We decided to go over to city hall for some windows shopping as Plaza Singapura Shopping mall was full of crowds during the weekends. Over at City Hall, we walked around Raffles City Shopping Mall till it was time for us to eat our dinner.
It was a great weather on Saturday (6 July 2013) and both Rachel and I planned to go for a photo shooting trip as she wish to train up her photo taking skill for our holiday during the October time. Early in the morning, we took public transport to Changi Village where there was Changi Point Ferry Terminal within walking distance which will be able to take us to Pulau Ubin.
Before we board the bus from Tanah Merah MRT Station to Changi Bus Terminal (Changi Village), we bought 2 x mineral water at the 7-11 store within the station thinking that the drinks over at Pulau Ubin sure will be more expensive than inland and went happily to board our bus.
Bus stop at Changi Village Food Centre
After reaching the place, we decided to have our brunch over at Changi Village first before proceeding to take the ferry. Over at Changi Village Food Centre, I hear that there was a very popular Nasi Lemak Stall which sell very nice dish but when I saw the queue, I decided to try other stall instead as it do not seems to be worth the time to queue so long for a Nasi Lemak.
The popular Nasi Lemak but the queue was too long
Another stall (International Muslim Food Stall) selling Nasi Lemak but shorter queue so I decided to buy from this stall instead
I was lucky enough to be able to loan my sister’s car on Saturday (29 June 2013) so had arrange to meet up with the guys (Michael and Mingyan) for a day of photo shooting time together. Our first stop was to go Labrador Park as it was known as a place for taking nice photos.
There were quite a few families over there relaxing while having fun with their children and for us, we just walk and took some photos here and there.
An Abandoned Machine Gun Post from World War II
As per our history, Singapore leaders pointed most of the attack resources at the sea while the enemy attacked us from the back. So in this case, this gun post did not really served its purpose during the world war II period to protect Singapore.
Rachel (Together with Hazel and Laurel) and I had arranged to meet up for photo shooting around Singapore Botanic Gardens on Saturday (16 June 2013) morning as they wish to test out their new camera (Which was bought recently) and their shooting skills. To cut things short, after the photo shooting during the early morning, Hazel suggested to go to a restaurant who served nice breakfast near Dhoby Ghaut MRT station.
We took a bus from Botanic Garden (Bus stop near Gleneagles Hospital) to bus stop next to Dhoby Ghaut MRT and walk over to Park Mall where the restaurant is located. The restaurant was located outside the Park Mall and do not have any big signboard of their restaurant name.