2D1N Batam Tour & Golden View Hotel

Welcome to Batam!!!!!!!!

Here I’m sharing a short weekend getaway trip!

Things to Do: Visit Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya

Yahoooooo! It’s the weekend again! Start your weekend right by pampering yourself to a short 2D1N getaway to Batam Island, Indonesia! The first thing you can do there is to visit the biggest Chinese temple in Batam, namely, Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya. It’s a peaceful place, quiet and spacious too. There is a vegetarian restaurant with a great variety of food to choose from, and don’t forget to try their famous vegetable pau if you’re craving for a healthy munch. Otherwise, you can simply find any spot of your comfort to meditate, pray or sink into its serenity.

Wow I’m sooooooo strong!!!!!!!

Things to Do: Visit The Illusion Batam

One of the latest trick art and trick eye museum in Batam is finally opened!!!!!!!! It’s a small place, with a few pretty interesting and instaworthy photos opportunities. They do change their arts every now and then, so rest assured that you can visit The Illusion Batam more than once!

How often do you get a chance to pee together with The Incredible Hulk?!

Or even, dance and kiss with Michael Jackson close up?!

Seeing is believing! If you believe you can fly, you can.

What to Eat: Batam Layer Cakes, Golden Prawn 555 Restaurant

No trip is complete without bringing home Batam’s famous kuey lapis (layer cakes). 1 kg of original kuey lapis costs around RP. 250,000 (SGD$25) and special flavors one costs around RP. 290,000 (SGD$29). Since it’s freshly made, you may place your order and request for them to be delivered to your hotel for a greater convenience. For the foodies, Golden Prawn 555 Restaurant is conveniently located at Golden City Batam, where you can indulge in a seafood feast of your choice. Cheap or not? I leave it to you to find out. P.s. the chili crabs are awesome!!!!!!!!!

What to Eat: A&W at MegaMall Batam Center

Since young, I’m a big fan of A&W’s root beer float and curly fries!!!!!! Woohooooooo! My cravings are almost instantly satisfied with A&W’s fried chicken and waffles too!!!!!!!!! The cheapest thrill I have whenever I’m in Batam is indulging in an A&W’s meal.

Where to Stay: Golden View Hotel Batam

Remember I mentioned about Golden City Batam? If you’re planning to chill out in a convenient hotel, Golden View Hotel is a all in one value for money choice. It’s situated right in the heart of Golden City Batam, within walking distances from Go Kart, Golden Prawn 555 Restaurant, Dry Food Market, Chocolate House and more. The superior room has a brown colored theme which creates a homely feel. However, I’m a little uncomfortable with its soft pillow and hard bed.

The hotel room itself is intimate, cozy and spacious, making it a very comfortable stay. It also has a connecting room door where you can hijack your neighbors next door!

The bathroom is relatively clean and comes with a bathtub too. No doubt at close up, its furnishings look a tiny bit old, but be assured that all are still in good working condition.

My room even overlooks a beautiful swimming pool. What a nice view. You can also grab a simple chicken steak set dinner at Rajawali and enjoy the pool view while dining in an outdoor environment. Relaxing and windy too!

My day is always complete only with shopping. A popular shopping choice in Batam includes Batam City Square, apt for me because it sells many fashionable clothes, bags, shoes and accessories. I shop when I’m stressed because shopping is cheaper than therapy!

Overall, I give a like for Golden View Hotel!

Waking up to an amazing view is also something that made my weekend felt blessed. The pool is also open to the public who can pay a small fee to swim at Golden View Hotel. I personally don’t find the pool very clean so I spent most of my time suntanning instead.

The swimming pool also includes a small water slide and the child-like me simply enjoyed it! I know it’s meant for the kids but who cares!

Have a good laugh!

I hope you had an enjoyable virtual glimpse of Batam and some feasible ideas on things you can do, what to eat and where to stay over the weekend!

Thanks for reading!

ChowHound Western Grill @ 515A Woodlands Dr 14

It is always comforting to find a decently cheap and good western food in the heartland coffee shops in Singapore; and I’m delighted to recommend ChowHound Western Grill in Woodlands. Don’t play play, this stall even scores a remarkable grade A in cleanliness!


I love their mouth-watering Fillet of Snapper En Papillote that comes with sauteed seafood and vegetables cooked in parchment paper. This dish is not overly flavorful, yet it still brings out the freshness and taste of the smooth fish. The accompanying tomatoes, mussels and squids enhance the sweetness of the overall dish and adds chewiness too. As you can see, the portion is huge and pleasing to the palate. Being priced reasonably at only $8.90, it’s extremely value for money. In fact, don’t you think it’s quite a steal? The only downside is that it needs a waiting time of around 15 minutes.


Another great favorite of mine would be the classic Grilled Chicken Aglio-Olio, with grilled chicken and chili tossed in garlic oil. The generous portions of chicken given is easy to eat as it’s conveniently chopped into bite sizes. Its texture is tender and soft. The pasta itself is not too oily, and the spices brought out the fragrance and taste of the overall dish. When you mix it all together, it’s flavorful and addictive. It may not appear fanciful to the eye; but it certainly appeals to the tongue. Goodness, you can get this at only $6.90.


How about a Flamed-Grilled Prime Ribeye Steak? Infused with herbs and spices, this ribeye steak is tender and chewy in texture. It’s slightly juicy and if you’re not a fan of raw steak smell / taste, the honey dijon barbecue sauce is overpowering enough to cover it up. This steak comes with 2 side dishes and it only costs $12.90. It’s reasonably cheap and I can’t complain about its quality. Don’t forget to choose the “Forest Mushroom” as one of your side dishes because it’s a good mixture of a few varieties of mushrooms. Other side dishes to choose from include baked potato, mashed potato, corn on the cob, season veggie, pilaf rice, french fries, onion rings, coleslaw, pasta salad and potato salad.


ChowHound Western Grill

515A Woodlands Drive 14
Singapore 731515

Opening Hours: Daily from 12 noon to 11.45pm

Mai tu liao, GO AND TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. I’ve observed that its business is pretty good, with quite a fair bit of orders every now and then for both dine in and takeaways. Be prepared for a slight waiting time especially on Fridays and the weekends.

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Valentines Day 2018

Valentine’s came early this year! It’s the year of the dog and I received my first stalk of preserved bright red rose from xpress flower and a cute dog plushie from precious moments. What a good start! Huat ah!

Shopping for Valentine’s / Chinese New Year was so shiok!!!!!! Check out my latest sweet pink jacket from purpur and fluffy pink wedges from mimosa!!!!! As you can see, I’m all ready for both occasions. It’s double happiness in 2018 because valentine’s and Chinese New Year are just a few days apart!

To spice things up, I got a furry sweet pink bag to cuddle and collect my hong baos too. Pink seems to be my new favorite theme color in 2018! Loved touching the soft fur; it felt like an animal’s fur.

I’ve been smiling, because flowers make me happy even though this perishable sunflower merely provides a happiness that is short lived. So the pink bear will double up the happiness because at least it’s a gift that can be kept! I’m pretty much easily bought over by gifts, as it’s one of my main love languages.

On Valentine’s Day itself, I had a classy 3 course set lunch at bedrock (313 at somerset). Loved the juicy tenderloin and thick lobster bisque!!!!!! But the best of all got to be the unique taste of the crab cake and the refreshing passion fruit ice cream. Yummy. Very satisfied! Thumbs up.

That afternoon, I also received a “Happy Valentine” Okimochi box surprise delivery to office. Pretty thoughtful one. It’s a mystery gift concept but customized by the sender for the recipient. Should you run out of gift ideas, you may wish to engage them for some help! An okimochi box price starts from $100 onwards.

Deeply appreciate this SURPRISE GUESS WATCH!!!!!! Gonna wear it for Chinese New Year. Woohooo. Not a guess fan though, but this is good enough for me.

And also, thank you my secret admirer for a last minute Pikachu bouquet delivery to office too! It’s really pretty sweet and cute!!!!!!

And thank you to the agent who gave the office ladies each a stalk of fresh rose! Very sweet of you to spread the love this way. Every effort counts!

Loving my beauty and the beast preserved roses from bloomback too!!!!!!!!!

Last but not least, I was really surprised to receive this additional belated valentine’s + Chinese New Year eve fresh purplish bouquet too! The bear is super cute with its heart can!

I LOVE ALL OF YOU SO MUCH MY DEAREST FRIENDS!!!!!!!!! Thank you all for making my 2018 valentine’s feeling so loved and blessed!

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Thanks for reading!

Top 10 Things to Do In Dubai (Free & Easy)

Hi guys! I visited Dubai back in November 2016 and as I reminisce the past, here I’m FINALLY (after years) sharing my list of my top 10 things to do there, most of which are my fondest memories! Here you go.

1) Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi


In here, you get to admire vast and modern prayer rooms and its white marble courtyards. Ladies MUST wear the traditional costumes before entering this grand mosque. It’s by far the largest and most magnificent mosque I’ve visited in my entire lifetime!

2) Take a photo at the Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi 


This photo costs me SGD$40 but it’s by far one of my favourite takeaway from Abu Dhabi. I do look like I won the championship, don’t I?!

3) Eat a Camel Burger and Drink Gold Flakes Coffee

Some say Dubai is a city of gold; therefore Dubai is never complete without eating real gold flakes! Pair your meal with a camel burger for ultimate satisfaction. The camel meat patty tastes a little like beef, but slightly tougher.

4) Visit Burj Khalifa (At The Top) & Dubai Mall

After shopping at the Dubai Mall, you can walk outside to visit the Burj Khalifa, i.e. the world’s tallest building as of now. I took a ride up to the 124th floor observation deck in a high-speed elevator and enjoyed the panoramic views over Dubai’s city, ocean and desert. Beautiful!

5) Play, Eat and Shop at the Global Village

Shoppers like me would fall in love with the Global Village in Dubai. I can practically spend the whole evening / night here. There are fun-packed rides for the kids, many restaurants and even 30 pavilions designed according to different cultures / countries. Take note, my attire was denied entry, so I actually used my jacket to cover my knees and took out a T-shirt from my bag to wear as it’s a requirement to cover the shoulders as well. Being a Muslim country, the dress code is that strict in Dubai.

6) Cruise to Dubai Creek


Take a boat ride to the Dubai Creek to see and taste a wide range of food spices. You will be spoilt for choices with the vast selection of gold jewelry available everywhere inside Dubai Creek.

7) Ride a Camel and an ATV at the Desert Safari

Riding an ATV at Dubai’s golden desert landscape is a MUST. You can speed all you want as you ride over the sands, up, down, left, right. And yes, jumping over certain parts of the sand is possible and very thrilling! Bucket list checked! Oh my God, I finally rode a camel. Dreams do come true.

8) Play Dress Up, Smoke Shisha and Eat BBQ dinner at the Desert Safari

Be welcomed with Arabic coffee and dates at a Bedouin-style camp and feast on a sumptuous BBQ dinner with VIP treatment. Watch a tanoura folk dance and exotic belly dancers perform live as you enjoy your dinner under the stars. Those devilish bodies spinning before you will get you all high! Lastly, don’t forget to admire the traditional sand art as well. All in all, the Desert Safari is my most popular pick in Dubai.

9) Visit the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai

 This is by far the best waterpark in the middle east. There’re tons of thrilling water slides! I felt the greatest sense of achievement ever as I rode down the super-steep Poseidon’s Revenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Floating along the lazy rivers is relaxing yet the sense of excitement is there when a mini Tsunami hits you! A MUST TRY for water slides lovers like me.

10)  Visit Burj Al Arab


Burj Al Arab stands at a height of 321 metres and is designed to resemble a billowing sail. It dominates the Dubai Jumeirah skyline.

Thank you Dubai for the wonderful memories! Thanks for reading!

2D1N The Canopi, Bintan

Hello everyone!!!!!!! It’s been a while. My first weekend getaway in 2018 begins right here at The Canopi, Bintan, Indonesia. The Canopi is a glamorous and luxurious glamping concept in a gigantic tent. I stayed in the Safari Tent which was extremely cozy with beautiful lightings.

A room to call my own, most people actually come here for a good hideout. It’s a little vintage-ish and very homely. When you open up the tv cabinet, it actually houses a mini fridge with complimentary coffee, tea and mineral water. Saves space and looks neat.

My favorite part of this glamping experience is definitely the open space garden toilet. It’s extremely spacious and cool. Just imagine sitting on the toilet bowl shitting while looking at the greenery around you or taking a bath amongst the plants. This is totally the glamping part man!

It’s mostly sunny during the day. For sun lovers like me, I can swim and tan all I want! Woohoo!!!!!!!!

The crystal lagoon is a man made swimming pool, by far the largest pool aka man made sea that you can find in Bintan Island. Water level can get pretty deep.

For lunch / tea break options, try their cute mini chill cove burger at the activities centre. The patty is quite tender, the bun is soft and the overall size is easy to bite. It costs 20,000 Indonesian rupiah. There are also a few street food stalls just outside the chill cove. You can try stall F’s Mee Pizza, a simple “pizza” with Maggie Mee, eggs, carrots and spring onions. You may even wish to try making this simple snack on your own!

Don’t miss out the coconut ice drink at 20,000 Indonesian rupiah!

To get to the activities centre, you can simply hop onto the buggy from The Canopi’s lobby for free by wearing the wristband that’s given to you upon your check in.

“Driving” around the island is relaxing too! Especially when the wind blows right at you……….

Another relaxing activity is to simply chill out at your very own personal garden if you aren’t afraid of the sun! When it’s night time, you could even diy a bbq dinner right outside your tent too. Chill, relax and unwind!

Otherwise, relive your childhood moments at the various swings located around the tents. Swing all you want, as high as you want and as long as you want!

For the laid back ones, simply snuggle in bed and catch a movie or just sleep!!!!!!!! I think a lot of you would love hiding in the tent just like me. This is a glamorous glamping; there is even air con!

After a refreshing recharge, it’s my favorite suntanning time while overlooking the crystal lagoon. Yay! I ain’t trying to act cute anymore at my late twenties, but hope you like my Minnie Mouse bikini!

See, it’s like a cheap version of Maldives with an amazing view still. What a beautiful crystal clear lagoon to stare at. There’re many water sports available at the activities centre, and the most worthy one is the unlimited water slide called “Slip and Slide” for only 50,000 Indonesian rupiah. You get to sit on a float to slide down the water slide and then you will “fly” a while right up in the air before landing in the waters. For a smooth landing without falling off your float, always look up, cross your legs and aim high!

To pass time while waiting for the sunset, you may wish to rent and laze around on a giant float. If you’re unlucky like me where the sun gets covered by the clouds, at least the float could comfort you. Life is still beautiful, isn’t it?

Stay in the waters for a night swim too! You will love the feeling. When it gets too dark, better get dressed before the wind sends chills down your spine.

For dining options, The Patio is located just beside the crystal lagoon. They serve both ala carte and buffet dinner. It’s very expensive, almost comparable to Singapore pricing. The lime juice is extremely concentrated!

Oxtail soup is a good pick, because the meat is super soft. However, the carrots and potatoes I had in my bowl were kind of a little too raw and hard. The soup base is quite thick but a tad salty. Rice is good and soft to my liking. A down side is that it costs close to 200,000 Indonesian rupiah. Kind of expensive hor?

If you don’t know what to eat, simply order a classic Hawaiian pizza for sharing. The cheese was great.

Another dining option is available at HOOK ON, a seafood restaurant and bar over at the activities centre.

Try their seafood noodles (Indonesia rupiah 60,000)! It’s damn good, with a rich Indo Mee taste. The beef fried rice was passable, and it costs the same.

If you’re looking for a massage parlour, the Nibbana located at the activities centre is the cheapest. It’s usually fully booked, so do book in advance for the fullest enjoyment. I recommend the 2 hour package with hot stone massage. It’s refreshing! The current promotional price is a steal at 400,000 nett Indonesian rupiah.

For those families with kids, I find that Warna Warni is a kid-friendly dining place with an outdoor mini playground and an indoor separate TV facilities – one TV showing movies for the adults and one TV showing cartoons for the kids!

Chill out with a seasonal fruits platter and plain yoghurt for 50,000 Indonesian rupiah.

To get around the island, simply rent a scooter to enjoy a relaxing nature ride around the crystal lagoon. If you’re looking for a short 2D1N trip over the weekend (and you don’t mind spending), I personally find The Canopi a good hideout with its signature crystal lagoon view.

Thank you The Canopi for this relaxing weekend getaway from the busyness of Singapore. I’ll be back! Thanks for reading!

John Legend Darkness And Light Tour LIVE IN GENTING

[ John Legend Darkness And Light Tour LIVE IN GENTING ]

Can you believe it?!

The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, musician and actor John Legend is coming to Malaysia! John Legend has produced several hit songs such as ‘Green Light’ and ‘Love Me Now’. With five studio albums to his name, he is set to perform his R&B and soul numbers for his fans.

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OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!! This ten time Grammy Award winning singer John Legend is coming to wow fans and audience with his concert right at Resorts World Genting!!!!!!!!!!

Concert: Darkness and Light World Tour

Date & Time: 17 March 2018, 8.30pm

Location: Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting

More information about the tickets for the concert will be released soon. STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!!!

For more information, call +603 6101 1118 or visit www.rwgenting.com.

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