Victor’s Kitchen @ Sunshine Plaza


Excellent: The 100% HK taste summer iced milk tea that’s served warm in a glass, with a bowl of ice.
Very Good: The smooth and hot egg tarts with fragrant and biscuit-alike golden brown crust
Good: The sweet golden egg yolk lava bun that oozes out and the fresh and chewy prawn dumplings with not-so-thick skin
Average: The big portion of slimy chee cheong fun with not-so-salty sauce
Bad: The disappointing sticky bland porridge

I’ll only be back for the milk tea and egg tarts.

Victor’s Kitchen

Address: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-49 Sunshine Plaza, Singapore 189652
Opening Hours: Daily: 10:30am – 20:00pm

Tioman – Paya Beach Resort

Hello everyone! I finally visited Tioman for the first time in my life. Tioman is an island in Malaysia, and to get there from Singapore, the easiest way is to simply book a package from WTS Travel. The coach will pick you up at Singapore Flyer, send you to clear both Singapore and Malaysia’s customs, and then drop you for a short breakfast before heading to Tanjung Gemuk ferry terminal. Upon reaching the ferry terminal, you have to exchange your WTS vouchers at the counter for your boarding pass. Then you proceed to pay for the marine park fee of RM5/adult and simply sit and wait till the ferry arrives or you can shop around the two to three shops situated at the ferry terminal. Hope this info helps!


Anyway, I wasn’t exactly looking forward because I heard scary stories like the presence of bed bugs, sandflies, mosquitoes, etc everywhere around Tioman. Thank God though, that I was all equipped with Lavender powder, insect repellent and mosquito coils. I stayed in Paya Beach Resort and my happy face showed that the room’s relatively comfortable and acceptable though it’s not exactly too clean.


You can also “open up” this sofa to make it into a bed.


I like the interior decor of the room. I found it to be quite modern, and at the same time homely and neat.


It’s also nice to stand around or sit inside the Esmilksso Cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee or milk tea while facing the sea.


Sitting outside will probably get a little too hot and/or even burn your skin. However, the breeze and sound of sea waves are calming.


Paya Beach Resort is a relatively quiet resort. Perfect for some time alone!


This chalet style kind of holiday gives me a peace of mind and ample time to stay free and unoccupied. Very laid back, no intense “to-do-list” but just time, time and more time to relax and chill under the sun.


As I looked at this beautiful Paya beach, many thoughts came to me…


But heck, I enjoyed the swing as much as I could and tried my best to stay positive!


I loved it whenever it’s low tide as I think rocks can be very beautiful.


ATVs are available as well!


I tried this apple Hooper’s “Hooch” fruit flavoured alcoholic drink and it’s a great thirst quencher.


As the sun starts to set, it’s time to walk back to the beach to see the sunset.


Don’t be mistaken, even though these photos look very bright, actually the sun’s quite mild, not too scorching.


One bad thing to note though, the free wifi is only available at the reception area and the connection is horrible, terrible, and incorrigible.


Beautiful sunset. Beautiful back view too? Oops……


It’s definitely much much cooler at night to walk around and enjoy the sea breeze and sound of the sea waves. My happy face says, “I like!”.


I slept till shiok and woke up to a sunny morning!


It’s also quite the norm to see many of these “self-designed” bikes within the resort.


Even though there’s almost nothing much to do, I still am happy to stroll along the beach and suntan.


For relaxation, you may wish to go for the Tropical Holistic Spa. There’re cheaper prices between certain timings of the day.


I really liked the beds, very sweet colours!


The swimming pool is huge but I couldn’t understand why the water is almost as salty or even saltier than the sea water. Omg!


Sun-tanning in process.


Please please put a towel. Otherwise it’s gonna burn your back, butt and legs.


After tanning session, it’s time to walk around once more.


I bought this amazing jap looking kind of pink shawl and I really super loved it.


Once again, the beauty of nature is just so good on its own.


This beach holiday also encompassed some mountains right at the far view.


I look so tiny >.<


Love you, rocks!


Dreaming of being a mermaid. Wahahaha.


I bought this beach shorts at one of the small shops inside Paya Beach Resort. Hehe!


So muddy……


As you can see, I also bought and wore this orange singlet on the spot. IKR, so vain.


Those little huts behind me are so kampung-ish.


Paya Seafood Restaurant serves amazing BBQ food with STRONG WIFI. Much stronger than the reception area one.


An extremely long cheese hotdog…


So happy to have found this special three toned tube dress! I can’t stand myself, I can shop even in Tioman?! People go to Bangkok for shopping, but me, even in Tioman, such a small island itself, I can buy so many things……….


Bon voyage Tioman! Till we meet again……..


Let me enjoy the view for the very last bit.


I’ll be back.

Thanks for reading!

The Daily Press @ 126 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh


Try The Daily Press’s Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich ($13.00NETT) with a spicy-crust, housemade kimchi on ciabatta. I loved the korean chili flakes on this best seller. Every bite is a fiery bite!


-$10.00 NETT for 1 cake and 1 coffee-

The Daily Press is the kind of affordable neighbourhood chill out cafe that I would visit again whenever I’m in Toa Payoh.

The Daily Press

Address: 126 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #01-561 Singapore 310126
Tel: 6258 0167

The Providore @ Mandarin Gallery


The smoked salmon bagel ($15.50) comes with cream cheese, dill and shallot salsa, and watercress. As a die-hard fan of salmon, this sandwich choice is never wrong.

The crab linguini pasta ($26.50) comes with sundried tomato, bird’s eye chili, fresh basil and The Providore’s No. 3 olive oil. Surprisingly, the servings of the crab meat were pretty generous and I need not worry about not saving and scrimping the crab meat for each mouthful of pasta. It’s slightly oily though, but oh well, olive oil is good oil!

I requested for “mocha art” and I got a hard time figuring out if it’s a bear or a pig.

What do you think?

The Providore
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #02-05 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6732 1565

Book Review – Subhas Anandan – It’s Easy To Cry


Book Review – Subhas Anandan – It’s Easy To Cry

Subhas Anandan was my personal mentor some time back in 2009 when I was working together with him in KhattarWong. Oh dear, look at this photo I dug out, I totally looked like crap back then!


What I can share about this Singapore’s best-known Criminal Law Lawyer is that he is an extremely friendly, humble and generous man. We would meet up every morning at the bar room in court, head for hearings, and then for a good buffet lunch either at Furama Hotel or Cricket Club. One of my most memorable work moments definitely.

Today, I’m honoured to share with you about his book, “It’s Easy to Cry.”

This book is nominated for the POPULAR’s Readers Choice Awards and you can vote for it at

In this book, Subhas Anandan (1947 – 2015) wrote about cases where deep and complex emotions are displayed and his thoughts on the many people who have affected him in one way or the other. It is also a searing and honest account of his life, career, and friendships – dictated to his wife in 2014 while undergoing kidney dialysis. Subhas went back to office for two to three hours on non-dialysis days. It’s heartwarming that he encouraged his son to be a good person and do whatever he wants and be passionate about work to have a happy life. Subhas loved his father so much that he planned to switch off his ventilator in the hospital at night instead of seeing him suffering being kept alive with machines. Thankfully, his father saved him from committing that mistake as he passed away in the morning before Subhas could switch off that ventilator. Subhas mother passed away peacefully and he took comfort in the good memories especially the tight hug his mum gave him before she passed on. I’m so happy for Uncle Subhas to have a close knitted family.

Uncle Subhas has inspired me to be brave and think of positive things and just know that your glass is half full and not half empty. When Uncle Subhas thought he was going to die, he romantically said to his wife, Vimi, that “Your face is in every rose and your smile is in every cloud.” Vimi stood by Uncle Subhas and eased him to sleep every night. The lyrics of “If tomorrow never comes” by Ronan Keating spoke his sentiment.

I agree with him that it is in the times of crisis that you know who your friends truly are. This great man spent the time and effort to visit his dear friends in hospitals even though he himself was unwell. One of his friends, Karpal, taught him that “Look, you call, I will come and if I call, you must come.” The bond will never be broken. Sometimes, friends call you only when in need but they never appear when you needed them most. Subhas never blamed them as different people react differently when their friends are sick. Francis was Subhas good friend in university days and thankfully, they had a good catch up time with drinks at a nightclub before Francis passed away due to cancer. Ah Soo, another dear old friend, had dementia but thankfully was still able to reminisce some childhood memories with Subhas when the latter invited him for a gathering of old friends in Deepavali 2010.

He shared a story where a mentally ill caring teacher was sentenced to two months in prison for amending some of her students answers in the PSLE examinations and that sometimes people do things without realizing the consequences of their actions and willingly accept blame so their loved one will not get into trouble. In another story, repentance and promises from Sadayan to reform and turn over a new leaf and take care of his loving father made Subhas felt his work was so meaningful. Every criminal deserves a defence as Subhas did the appeal for a taxi driver pro bono because the taxi driver’s family was unable to pay fees. Subhas lost the appeal but was still touched by their gratitude.

Over the years, Subhas has learnt to be careful with one’s language as one does not know how the other party is going to react. Subhas tried pleasing his mother by going to Loyola college to study but returned to Singapore shortly after because he was homesick and didn’t like the “fine” system there. In another instance, he noticed that the system in Somalian seemed like everyone is always usually late. However, he had an interesting experience in Somalian pulling out pieces if camel, goat, chicken, potato and rice during one dinner.

The most interesting insights I gained is that people could lose more instead of making more money while gambling yet they still want to gamble. Another ridiculous one goes to people who spend thousands of dollars in costs to prove a point and save their faces. It is also an irony that even though there is a clause in the contract with Sunshine Empire that states the return of investment was at the discretion of the company, many investors went ahead due to human greed and wanted quick money. Needless to say, jealousy can lead to violence as Wu, the China bride, stabbed his sister-in-law, Huang due to the absence of love and understanding.

Some last take away points I learnt is that you have to take risks and have faith sometimes. Man should be helpful, not arrogant. People have short memories and very easily you can become yesterday’s hero.

In loving memory of Subhas Anandan (1974 – 2015).

Garcons French Cuisine @ 215R Upper Thomson Road


Good food doesn’t need much boast.

The black miso foie gras ($16.50) was indeed as unique as it claimed. This pan-fried foie gras is coated with black miso and served with dashi broth and shimeji mushroom. The phrase “Quality is better than quantity” certainly fits this entree / appetizer dish perfectly.

The BBQ pork ribs ($16.50) was glazed with signature barbecue sauce and served with french fries and mesclun salad. No doubt its serving size is quite big and filling.

Small little place with decently good and affordable food. Will be back!


215R Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574349

(65) 9786 9123

Operating Hours
Open daily (Dinner Only):
5.30pm to 10.30pm