Genting Highlands 2017 – First World Hotel, Awana Skyway Glass Floor Gondola Ride, Burger & Lobster, Cafes Richard, Motorino, The Food Factory

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Greetings! I’m happy to see familiar faces again as we head to Genting Highlands to have a FIRST LOOK at its latest attractions – mainly the opening of SKY AVENUE which I’ll elaborate in a bit. We traveled on a very comfortable and spacious coach with The One Travel & Tours from Singapore to Genting Highlands. A quick recap of my previous visits featuring the other great attractions of Genting Highlands can be found in the links below.

Genting Highlands 2015 – First World Hotel, Coffee Terrace Restaurant, Chin Swee Caves Temple, Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem, Resort Seafood Steamboat, ITALGELato

Genting Highlands 2016 – First World Hotel, Snow World, Aaron Crow Fearless Award Winning Mystician, Bubbles & Bites, ITALGELato, The Food Factory

Genting Highlands 2016 – First World Hotel, Ice Age Collision Course, The Food Factory, Power Rangers, Awana Rajawali, Hou Mei

Genting Highlands 2016 – Awana Hotel, Fashion Forest, Golf Terrace, Skyride Forest, Rajawali Restaurant, Night Herping, Bird Watching

Genting Highlands 2016 – First World Hotel, Hou Mei, Self Check-In Kiosk, First World Hotel Laundry, English Garden Pitcher Plants, Ultraman Show, Awana Hotel, Rajawali Restaurant, Night Herping, Fashion Forest, Bird Watching

Now, let’s get the ball rolling for the highlights of this weekend getaway!

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No matter how many times I revisit First World Hotel, I will still get excited because as long as I’m out of Singapore, I get excited. This round is a little more special, because the thoughtful sponsors arranged a double bed room for my partner and myself. Thank you Resorts World Genting for having me with you!

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I just want to make special mention to the separate toilet facilities inside the room. How convenient it is because you can do your big business with the toilet bowl while your partner can bathe slowly and comfortably with the standing shower. No need to snatch for one bathroom!!!!!!!!

FIRST LOOK AT SKY AVENUE

Sky Avenue is the new lifestyle mall in Genting Highlands with an unprecedented variety of dining and shopping options.

Our first itinerary for the day was to experience the Awana Skyway glass door gondola ride at the “Sky Avenue Station.”

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I still remember that I rode my very first glass door cable car in Taiwan’s Maokong gondola, and I’m super pleased that I can now find this similar experience just in GENTING HIGHLANDS!!!!!!!!! My cravings for a glass door gondola ride can now be easily satisfied with a simple weekend getaway! Hooray!

The Awana SkyWay is the fourth cable car system at Resorts World Genting and is located at the new Awana Transportation Hub. The 99 cable cars can each carry 10 passengers and a total of 3,000 passengers every hour on the 620-metre ascent from Awana station to the final stop, SkyAvenue station. With a top speed of six metres per second, this 2.8-kilometre journey takes a mere 10 minutes!

The thrilling ride up the mountain begins at Awana station. Passengers have the option of disembarking at two stops to explore the attractions around Resorts World Genting. They can alight at Chin Swee station to enjoy the panoramic views or they can remain in their gondola until the final stop at SkyAvenue station which connects directly to the SkyAvenue shopping mall.

It takes approximately six minutes for the cable cars to travel from the Awana station to the Chin Swee Temple station which is located at an altitude of 1,514 meters. Passengers that disembark at the latter can proceed to the temple via a descending covered walkway equipped with escalators. The station also has its own car park, washrooms, and automated ticketing kiosks for the convenience of visitors. Passengers wishing to continue their journey on the Awana SkyWay from Chin Swee station can expect an additional four minutes to reach the landing at the SkyAvenue station.

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The maximum capacity for the glass door gondola ride would be capped at 6 pax per cabin. Out of 99 gondolas, only 10 of them are fitted with glass floors, allowing for unobstructed views of the surroundings. One very interesting feature implemented is that every gondola is also fitted with two USB ports allowing visitors to charge their mobile phones!

How did I feel about the ride? Initially, I screamed because I looked down at the glass floor and saw the transparency and a super high height. I scared myself more when I realised there’s no turning back because I’m already trapped inside the cabin!!!!!!!!!!!

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So, the only way is to learn to relax and enjoy the ride. IT IS SAFE. DEFINITELY. One tip is that if you’re scared, you can actually look straight and far, and it’ll feel like any other normal cable car ride. Otherwise, you can just hold tight to the railings and wait for the passing moments of mist and clouds, where you’ll not notice you’re being surrounded by transparent glass and even stepping on it! So fear not, you’ll end up praising yourself for surviving the ride for breathtaking view of the 130-million-year-old rainforest surrounding Resorts World Genting.

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Behold the beautiful waterfall that your eyes will get to feast on during the ride!

With the launch of Awana SkyWay, we can all get easier access to the peak while travelling at a leisurely pace. Think about parking your cars further down the mountain, and simply sit back and relax while enjoying a bird’s eye view as these new gondolas make their way to the top!

Compared to the old Genting Skyway of 3.4 kilometres long and can only transport 1,600 people per hour, Awana SkyWay can carry almost double the number of people per hour and a slightly shorter ride overall.

Mr Thomas Ng, Senior Vice President of Theme Park & Tenancy said, ‘The Genting SkyWay was open to the public from 1997 and was South East Asia’s longest and fastest cable car system at that time, and was a great attraction for the Resort. We are proud to say that we have since ferried 109 million people.’

‘Genting SkyWay will be temporary closed while Awana SkyWay is in operation. Both systems will take turns to service our customers.’ added Thomas.

Visitors to Resorts World Genting can take cabin-sized luggage on board the gondola, while larger luggage can be stored at the new Awana Bus Terminal for RM5 for 24 hours.

Attraction: Awana SkyWay

Location: Awana Station / Chin Swee Station / Sky Avenue Station

Ticketing Prices: Standard Gondola RM8 for individuals or 5GP per trip for Genting Rewards Card Members / Express Boarding Pass RM40 / Glass Floor Gondola RM50 for individuals or 40GP for Genting Rewards Card Members

Operation Hours: Daily from 7.00am until midnight

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Lunch was served at Burger & Lobster which specialises in premium 650-700g fresh lobsters from Nova Scotia, Canada, which are delivered weekly to the hilltop via KLIA. Due to the volumes the group buys on a weekly basis, they become very affordable and saleable.

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Burger & Lobster is the first in Asia with a focus on decorative lighting. “Keeping to the Burger & Lobster’s interior and concept, lighting needed to be very mellow to set the mood and ambience. It will be the border between club and fun dining,” shares Dato’ Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations at Resorts World Genting.

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The burgers at Burger & Lobster are made purely with 100 percent Australian beef, with no fillers. The patties are served in a custom baked sesame seed brioche bun, and will be topped with beef bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, the restaurant’s own, in-house pickles, and Burger & Lobster’s secret sauce.

The Mayfair, at 168 grams, is their entry-level burger, served with chips.

The Original is 224 grams of beefy goodness, also served with chips.

The B&L brings the best of both worlds together, with a 224 gram burger with lobster meat served with chips and salad.

Being a small eater, I would recommend the rolls which feature chunks of fresh lobster. The variants are all served chilled in a signature toasted brioche roll, accompanied by chips and salad to complete the meal. Alternatively, the B&L burger would be a great pick as it is a mini burger topped with lobster meat.

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The wild live lobsters are steamed or grilled with clarified butter or the restaurant’s famed lemon and garlic butter. Served with chips and salad, the lobsters are available in three signature styles, namely The Original, The Big Boy and Chili Lobster. In fact, the chili lobster sauce is actually very Singaporean style and taste!

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Don’t belittle the drinks that are available at Burger & Lobster, especially their interesting soft shells such as ginger soda, six pack, grapefruit soda and time keeper. You’ll be captivated by its specialty taste. A safe and refreshing drink to order would be the one that I had. And that’s none other than the mango coriander lassi which consists of yogurt, mango and coriander that would leave a lasting impression on your tongues and down your throats.

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I felt a major sense of completeness after a lobster-filled lunch and I will definitely want to come back over and over again. JUICY GIANT LOBSTERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN GENTING HIGHLANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Our happy smiles simply showed that these lobsters have satisfied our stomachs very well and they are definitely worth all the wait!

F & B: Burger & Lobster

Location: Level 1, Sky Avenue

Operation Hours: 11am to 10pm daily (weekday) and 11am to 11.30pm (weekend)

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What I enjoyed the most throughout the entire trip is none other than the relaxing high tea session at Cafes Richard, a traditional French-style coffee paradise that also encompasses Parisian-style high tea and french food.

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Shying away from some of the more conventional coffees, Cafés Richard carefully selects beans from around the world to give customers a sense of exploration and discovery.

Top of the list is Perle Noir, or black pearl, an exclusive Cafés Richard 100% Arabica brewed in a French-style espresso iconic of the Parisian Brasseries. Massaya, also served as an espresso, hails from Mexico and is organically cultivated.

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Customers who prefer slow coffee methods such as French press, chemex, syphon or cold drip can choose from Ethiopian Moka Yirgacheffe cultivated in the birthplace of coffee, Costa Rica Tarrazu cultivated on volcanic plateaus, Sumatra “Orang Utan” whose proceeds partly go towards helping the endangered orangutans of Indonesia, as well as the rare and premium Jamaican Blue Mountain.

Coffee lovers who like a twist to their caffeine intake have a choice of mocktails at Cafés Richard. Their recommendations include Flower Coffee Soda which is mixture of cold extracted coffee and sparkling soda with a bouquet of rose, hibiscus and elderflower. Spicy Monkey is another unique mocktail where coffee and tea are infused with cold extracted Sumatra Orang Utan spiced rooibos and chili syrup.

A few were specially concocted for Resorts World Genting include French Genting, a combination of French orange liqueur, espresso and local Bentong ginger.

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Cafés Richard’s Master Roaster Michael McCauley had in August 2016 personally trained 14 local baristas at its SkyAvenue outlet in the art of making and serving coffee. Michael is a barista trainer and certifier, as well as a judge at international barista competitions.

The training provided for the baristas have enabled each staff to have their own specialty such as coffee cocktails, espresso, mocktails and slow coffee. To complete the French experience, the local staff at the café were taught basic French phrases such as “bonjour monsieur” and “merci madame’ to welcome the customers.

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I particularly enjoyed the genuine French art of living including the classic black-and-white mosaic floor tiles, the cloth awnings and raffia wicker chairs. It is very relaxing to drink coffee and sip tea under this kind of classy French atmosphere.

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The cafe experience is made perfect with a great company of friends! ❤

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Cafés Richard has meticulously recreated the quintessential Parisian café at SkyAvenue. It is divided into four zones – intimate booths for tête-à-tête conversations, alfresco for cool mountain air, wicker chairs facing out to the walkway for people-watching and banquette seating for groups of friends. The most coveted seats will undoubtedly be the ones nestled within a stylized fiberglass and steel Frangipani ‘flower’ which can seat up to 34. My heart was stolen by the high tea elegance!

F & B: Cafes Richard

Location: Level 1, Sky Avenue

Seating Capacity: Can sit more than 120 customers (263 sqm)

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While I had some own time after the high tea, I explored the Malaysian Food Street, a new, multi-sensory food hall at Level 4 of Sky Avenue. It is similar to a Singapore food court concept selling a lot of local Malaysian food. There are quite a few nice photo spots too!

“Malaysian Food Street is handpicked from the best of hawker stalls in Malaysia. It is a version of a really cool glutton’s square or medan selera. Not only will it serve the best
representations of some very popular foods, it will also introduce visitors to the many kinds of cuisine Malaysia offers. So not only will people get to try char kuey teow, they will also be able to explore the intricacies of Malaccan Portuguese cuisine, and learn about what has influenced that method of food preparation,” said the Senior Vice President, Dato’ Edward Holloway, who has been with Resorts World for over a decade.

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Far from being an industrial mass feeding zone, Malaysian Food Street was conceptualized by a London-based Malaysian interior designer who brought to life elements of a bygone era of Malaysians. Look at us, how nice it is, to have someone to enjoy the ride together for the rest of your time!

“Malaysian Food Street is not a restaurant, but a food hall type of avenue with five distinct zones: Little India, Malacca, Teluk Intan, Kuching and Chinatown. Each zone is distinguished by replicas of things or places pertinent to the location, hence colourful arches, the Stadthuys, the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, Kuching’s iconic cat roundabout and Chinatown’s red lanterns. It is full of nooks and corners with Facebook-worthy settings, including sinks made to look like a traditional Indian barber shop and tray-collecting trolleys painted to look like old mini buses. The goal was to immerse guests in a cultural and history lesson without boring lectures,” enthused Holloway.

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After a short glimpse of the Malaysian Food Street, it’s time for dinner at Motorino – a Brooklyn and East Village pizza place which has New York Times food writers hailing it as the best authentic Neopolitan Italian pizza restaurant in New York. Owned and operated by Belgian-Italian born chef Mathieu Palombino who makes Neapolitan-style pizza in wood ovens imported from Italy, Motorino has multiple outlets in New York, two in Hong Kong and Manila, one in Singapore, and when it is unveiled in December, its first restaurant in Malaysia.

Motorino exhibits the look and feel of an old space which has been refurbished, but with very little intervention. “Think about an old American 1920s grocer or pharmacy. It’s a place which isn’t posh, but which isn’t exactly a hole in a wall, either. In Brooklyn it would be a place where aspiring singers who do double shifts come to grab a good pizza. They are the kind of people who aren’t happy with main stream brands but who are looking for too trendy artisanal food,” fleshes out Dato Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations at Resorts World Genting.

The most eye-catching feature of the restaurant will be two large pizza ovens which were shipped in from Naples in Italy. Customised pizza spades from Napoli were also fabricated to be used as decorations. These oar-shaped paddles traditionally made from one single piece of wood will also be used in the making of the pizzas.

With patrons being able to watch the entire process of the making of the famed Motorino pizzas, the design team made sure that spot cooling was employed around the ovens to amplify the air conditioning and thus ensure a comfortable dining experience. With Sixties-style lighting and Pantone glo-balls, Motorino is set to be a time capsule of an area where the pizza pie reigned supreme.

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The Motorino at Sky Avenue has a façade featuring gold-bordered Italian windows. Compared to the space-constrained Hong Kong and Singapore outlets, this will be the biggest Motorino yet. Keeping to the original design ethic of the American outlets, seating will not be plush or opulent. Instead, there will be 1920s metal chairs in burgundy.

“Brooklyn was an Irish area during that time, so there will also be shades of green used to reference that, as well as to lend an element of surprise to the burgundy tones. There will also be white marble topped tables which are a continuation of the white marble topped pizza counters,” Holloway shares.

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The Motorino experience is dedicated to pizza and solely pizza. Apart from a selection of antipasti, pizza reigns supreme. However, in true Italian fashion, antipasti are not just about quelling hunger pangs before the main event. Italians know that antipasti set the tone for a meal.

As such, Motorino’s antipasti selection gives diners a glimpse into the quality of the ingredients that will appear on their pizzas. As evidence, the mixed greens salad and arugula and bresaola salad will always burst with crispness, freshness and flavour, while the roasted peppers will delight with their natural sweetness. The buffalo mozzarella with tomato, extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil will combine richness with tangy juiciness, while the Octopus salad will bring together sensation and succulence, with clever use of capers, potatoes, chili oil, red onion and parsley. No self-respecting pizzeria is without chicken wings, and so Motorino offers up its roasted variety flavoured with lemon, mint and chili flakes. Purists will also be able to delight in Motorino’s meatballs braised in tomato sauce, pecorino and basil. A little bit of New York Italian culture thrown in!

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How would I rate the pizzas?! Very chewy and best eaten while it’s hot. It’s also soft and fluffy with generous servings of ingredients. Motorino offers over 20 toppings that can be added on to existing pizzas!!!!!!! These include Brussel sprouts, two kinds of anchovies, fresh arugula, buffalo mozzarella and fior de latte (fresh mozzarella made with cow’s milk as opposed to buffalo milk), along with other more conventional ingredients such as turkey, pepperoni and clams.

Patrons can take their pick from ten stellar favourites, which range from the stripped (marinara, margherita and pepperoni) to the supremely Italian (stracchiatella with basil, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil; cremini mushrooms, and colatura di alici featuring cow’s milk mozzarella, red onions, grape tomatoes, white anchovies and sea salt). Also on offer is a Brussel sprout pizza with fior de latte, garlic, pecorino and smoked turkey bacon; cherry stone clam pizza and an egg, turkey chili variation.

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F & B: Motorino

Location: Level 1, Sky Avenue

Seating Capacity: 4,000 sq ft space

Price: Pizzas range from RM45 to RM67 for a whole pie

Operation Hours: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) and 10am to 12midnight (Friday, Saturday, Public Holiday & Eve of Public Holiday)

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And with the above three satisfying meals (Burger & Lobster, Cafes Richard & Motorino), it’s finally my personal time for shopping at the Sky Avenue!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Designing SkyAvenue was not at all like designing a mall. A shopping centre is designed with a certain demographic in mind, and that target market will influence the kind of stores found at those malls. Genting sees a very diverse visitor profile – our guests come from all over the world, and from all over Malaysia. They are very young, as well as elderly; traditional and Millennial, hipster and Gen X. That was why so much thought was put into ensuring that SkyAvenue gave each market segment something that would interest and excite them,” shared Dato’ Edward Holloway, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations.

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I’m so loving my Amori black shoes that’s on 50% discount from the Sky Avenue! And my new light blue feathers long sleeved cooling material dress for RM89…….. SHOPPING IS THE CURE TO EVERYTHING IN MY LIFE!

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I had a deep sleep and woke up afresh with a buffet breakfast spread at The Food Factory. You can choose from an array of West Asian, East Asian, and Western breakfast delights over there. You’ll be in for freshly made goodies, ranging from bread, local buns, Danishes, pancakes and cereals to dim sum, nasi lemak, congee, prata, curry, and so much more!

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Special mention to Irene, the capable lady in green beside me, for putting it all together for this yummy food trail weekend getaway! ❤

F & B: The Food Factory

Location: 3rd floor of First World Plaza

Operation Hours: 6am to 11am daily

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 And of course, I have to thank my partner for being with me and taking care of me throughout the trip!

Thanks for reading!

WHO’S EXCITED FOR A WEEKEND GETAWAY TO GENTING NOW?!

 

 

Kota Tinggi 2017 – Restoran Lima Ratus, Desaru Fruit Farm, Taman Buaya Teluk Sengat Crocodile World, Canopy Tribes Glamping, Plaza Kota Tinggi, Kota Tinggi Waterfall, Kiang Kee Bak Kut Tea, Heritage Mall, Aeon Mall Tebrau City, Ding Seng Frog House (Austin Heights)

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Wooohoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This weekend, my partner and I had a good road trip to Kota Tinggi! After clearing JB’s custom, we drove to Restoran Lima Ratus for our breakfast. It’s my first time trying red rice wine mee sua with chicken and I found it so amazing. Stunning bowl of red soup with silky soft mee sua. The wine fragrance and flavour was a little too overpowering for me so I told my partner to finish it up so I wouldn’t get drunk. Wahahaha. As for myself, I gobbled up the wanton mee. I loved the wantons as they were very chewy and meaty. The noodles texture was very Q and springy, just to my liking. They also serve their own style of homemade black bean and yellow bean soya milk and I personally prefer the former. Thumbs up for a yummy breakfast to start our day right!

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We happily headed for Desaru beach next but it was closed for renovations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG, we activated plan B instantly and stopped by the nearby Desaru Fruit Farm just to munch on some fresh fruits.

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We drove to Taman Buaya Teluk Sengat Crocodile World (Jalan Sembilang, Teluk Sengat, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia) thereafter and I had such an enjoyable time looking at thousands of crocodiles! I guess it’s by far the most numbers of crocodiles I ever seen in my life.

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I super like the crocodiles with chubby cheeks. To me, crocodiles seem to stone all day and I don’t find them dangerous at all as I believe that if anything were to happen, I could probably react faster than them. The only way I lose is I’ve a much smaller mouth than them.

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Crocodile meat tastes like chicken, but it’s much thicker, compact and harder in texture. In other words, it’s more ‘siap’.

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I had an extremely personal touch with a young crocodile, and I was super super duper proud of these beautifully captured moments by my partner. It costs RM5 to take photos with my new found pet, Crocodile. Interestingly, my partner suffers from Crocodile Deficiency Syndrome, because he started making “Kuuuuup” sounds after our crocodile encounter.

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Moving on, the main highlight of this road trip would be our glamping experience at Canopy Tribes! Glamping is a luxury camping and it is something that I’ve always wanted to try. Honestly, when I first reached around 3pm, I wanted to back out and book a hotel instead because I felt it’s kind of stuffy and I might die of lack of oxygen. The weather was really warm! We had coffee and a game of chinese chess at the shared living hall area before heading to Plaza Kota Tinggi for a short air-conditioned shopping and a cup of sweet corn.

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We came back to our glamping corner around 6pm and thank God that the weather was slightly cooler. I went into my tent again and comforted myself that it’s just gonna be one night and I’m sure I’ll be able to survive and I should not chicken out. Actually I was already planning to sleep in the car.

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I rested in the hammock for a bit when actually all in my mind was WHEN WILL DINNER BE READY???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was actually famished.

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We caught a legendary sunset view just before dinner, and that instance made me felt like it’ll all probably be worthwhile; I’ll just need to HANG IN THERE FOR DINNER before deciding again to stay in the tent or book a hotel nearby. The BBQ dinner self service “buffet” was decently tasty, especially the very fresh BBQ fish! I ate the hotdogs, satays, french fries, nuggets, chicken wings, mixed vegetables and fried rice while they were in their piping hot and best state and therefore it was a great dinner for me.

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Eventually, the sky grew dark and the weather became so much cooler. My little stomach was also finally filled up. I took a shower in the shared toilet and headed back into my humble luxurious tent. I’ve decided that I WILL STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I slept quite well except for so many mosquitoes bites. In fact, I really enjoyed this kind of feeling and experience. It’s cozy inside our tent with a fan blowing at me while sleeping in the forested compounds. The only regret was there was no campfire that night.

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The next morning, we woke up to a decent spread of nasi lemak, mee siam, roti prata, scrambled eggs, hot dogs, bread and cornflakes as our hearty Malaysian style breakfast. Woooooo!

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After breakfast, we drove out to see the Kota Tinggi waterfall. The sky was still quite bright when we reached but then it suddenly rained and we had to buy an umbrella because we forgot to bring ours along into the car. This didn’t spoil our morning mood though, as the sky cleared fast and we could see the beautiful waterfall together. The entrance fee for non-Malaysians adults is RM14.15 per pax, excluding 6% GST. Even the car parking needs RM5!

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I braved the slippery rocks and had a great time being splashed and massaged by the ever cold and strong waters from the waterfall. Amazing sight and feel.

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Thank you my partner for bringing me to see this lovely waterfall which left a lasting impression on me!

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Without any concrete name or exact location, we just followed the general guidelines from Malcolm, the glamping boss, and drove to find the famous Bak Kut Tea in Kota Tinggi after we checked out from our glamping. Part of the thrills of road trips include getting lost, and we indeed reached a dead end initially. Ironically, I can’t believe WE ACTUALLY FOUND IT after a U-turn when all we were told was “drive to town, then left, then you see a stretch of palm trees, straight up about 20km, on the right side you’ll see hundreds of cars and a bak kut tea stall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” EPIC FINDING without GPS. Malcolm, if by any chance you’re reading this, it’s KIANG KEE BAK KUT TEA.

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I was totally enlightened by what Malcolm meant by it’s neither herb style nor pepper style bak kut tea when I sipped the very first mouthful of soup. It’s what I call the Malaysian style, like a mixture of dark soy sauce and braised meat sauce taste with some generous tablespoons of light herb style broth. Honestly I was not impressed at all, and I had to wait 45 minutes just for this meal. The only pro I could think of is, it’s cheap, RM38 for 2 of us, as we ordered the 1 person serving only.

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After our disappointing lunch, we headed for Heritage Mall at Kota Tinggi for a short stroll. I bought my stitch towel there for RM15 and my Malay-ish romper for RM20. Our next itinerary was driving back to Aeon Mall at Tebrau City for more shopping!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bargained for a purple stitch bolster at one of the push cart stalls for RM70, and I named her Zi Mi.

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Aeon Mall at Tebrau City happens to have different countries decorations for photo taking opportunities and we enjoyed our mini tour of the world. Check out my new heart shaped bag from the Jap anime shop!!!!!!!!!! Got 50% discount!

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It’s dinner time soon and I craved for Mount Austin food! Thus, after our shopping, we decided to have an early dinner at Ding Seng Frog House (Austin Heights). It’s pretty yummy and very cheap. The frogs tasted fresh! It’s also our first time trying FRIED FROG LEGS. Tasted very much like fried chicken thigh. The total bill was only around RM50 for 2 of us and I think it’s worth it, definitely better than lunch! It was an overall relaxing trip, especially the glamping part!

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Thank you for being my partner and photographer. I’m glad we survived this GLAMPING EXPERIENCE TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading!

Valentines Day 2017 – The White Rabbit @ 39C Harding Road Singapore 249541

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Hello my dearies! I’m sure you guys missed me hell loads yeah?! I apologize for a lazy start to 2017 on my postings but no worries, I’M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Valentines this year fell on a weekday, and as usual, I was at work! This year is definitely a special first celebration for my partner and myself, as it’s our very first Valentines together. The first surprise I received was during my lunch time, where he wore my favourite purple color tee and specially made mashed potatoes and heart-shaped pork patties for me. Then came some really sweet strawberries with well-attempted “hearts” and “flowers” arrangements.

Bucketlist checked – HE CAN COOK.

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We had our short lunch date at Arteastiq at Mandarin Gallery with the limelight of the day, Charlie, a so bearly sweet bear hugging a bouquet of well-bloomed real red roses. Charlie has this pair of eyes that invites so much attention. According to my partner, Charlie was supposed to be collected at the end of the day, but because of my curious colleagues, he collected Charlie at the start of the day so I could bring it back to work after lunch to boost the Valentines vibes at work. Indeed, Charlie was well-loved and cuddled at work! Charlie gained instant fame and popularity as almost all who saw Charlie on my desk acknowledged its cute presence. One colleague offered to adopt Charlie, while another threatened to kidnap Charlie.

Bucketlist checked – HE CAN SURPRISE.

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After work, my partner picked me up for dinner. I once mentioned to him that I always wanted balloons to fly out from a car boot as I thought it’s so damn romantic. True enough, he bought a bunch of sexy red heart-shaped helium balloons which did popped up from the car boot. To complete the romance, he handed me a stitch bouquet!

Bucketlist checked – HE CAN FULFILL.

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We decided to bring Charlie along to join us for our pre-planned fine dining dinner. We were looking around all the tables to see the different kinds of flowers and concluded that none can be comparable to Charlie’s charm. Self-praise is self-confidence!

Bucketlist checked – WE LIVE IN OUR OWN WORLD.

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He chose The White Rabbit (http://www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg/) for dinner and I would say that they serve interesting and magical food.

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The first bite of the well-marinated scallops left a very refreshing and cold taste in the mouth. A good flowery start embracing a chewy and pretty looking appetiser too.

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The tuna was up next and I wonder if it’s my eyes or it really exhibited a rosy feel. The special sauce complemented the thickly sliced and fresh tuna very well. I hate green peas though, but I gotta admit that I still finished every bit of the well grinded pea puree surprisingly. Maybe green peas in itself irks me, but when it’s totally smashed, I could still accept! This is what I call my personal double standards.

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My favourite would be this cup of sunchoke veloute, where I drank it up in almost just one gulp! The eggs in it flowed smoothly down my throat and the bacon bits left a lasting aftertaste.

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My main course was what looked like fish to me but was actually CRABS! Oh my, the strong seafood taste bisque was both appealing and addictive. Notice the baby crunchy potatoes and leek? I loved it!

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My partner’s main course was veal cheeks, the absolutely delicious cheeks of a baby cow! We polished it all off!

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To our surprise, the dessert was alcoholic. Moscato jelly with raspberries and blueberries and a layer of coconut pudding right beneath. I ate up the little petals of flowers in it and outcasted most of the sugar icings on top.

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To top it off, chocolates are definitely the sweetest tricks to complete a meal. And the heart-shaped chocolate’s filling was actually SOURSOP!!!!!!!!!! So special, I totally adored it!

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After a hearty meal, I came home to open up the finale presents of 2 tees placed in a sweet pink recyclable box, and our photo neatly wrapped in red and gold hearts expensive texture wrapper. I’ve also fished out info from my partner that the “Princess” paper bag costs $3.50 and I cannot get over it.

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Here’s the close up of the pop up handicraft card he made! Definitely scored an A.

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All in all, I can’t be more happy than this wonderfully planned day of surprises after surprises! Thank you for splurging to make this first Valentines so special, romantic and sweet.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY MY KING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chinese New Year 2017

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I spent a simple yearly affair catching up with my family and relatives during Chinese New Year. This 2017, I’m wearing #lovebonito!

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After the usual reunion dinner on the eve with my family, we went to countdown and watched the fireworks with laser beams as its main highlights. Well, it’s a little disappointing because the fireworks lasted only a mere 5 minutes or lesser and the “patterns” and “designs” weren’t at all fascinating to the eyes.

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Fireworks aside, the yearly usual abalone, eggs and mee sua breakfast made by my mum were what I looked forward to every single Chinese New Year!

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My dad bought this sexy cheong sam for me, and I was very touched. You could never never guess where we bought it from….. ask me and I’ll let you know! I wore it for day 1 =)

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My partner bought this Ah-Ma style cheong sam for me from Chinatown, and I wore it for day 2! Super vintage!

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A big thank you to my parents for 100% efforts of preparation for a sumptuous steamboat!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I tell you, this steamboat, we also specially took it out from our storeroom to use once a year only. LOL!!!!!!!!

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Our CNY’s made complete with yusheng / lohei from Swensens. ❤

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Everyone is growing up / growing old a little too fast! Is that a good or bad thing?!

Till we meet next year, XOXO!

POPULAR Gives Back this Season – CSR Efforts

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The season of giving and sharing continues, there’s no better time to embrace the season of sharing. One of the greatest joy’s during festive season is seeing the smiles of young children and POPULAR is aiming to do just that.  It’s also a great time to instill a sense of sharing and giving to our children.

With the POP Kids School Bag Trade-In Campaign, POPULAR will be donating these pre-loved POP kids school bag to the Salvation Army.  This campaign not only helps the needy families; it also gives the preloved bag a new life as well as teaches children the idea of sharing and giving back to the community.

In addition, POPULAR is launching their latest POP Kids Ergo+ Climber Ergonomic Bag and for every bag sold, POPULAR will be donating $2 to the Salvation Army.

As an incentive, POPULAR will also be giving $10 off when customers trade-in their preloved POP Kids school bag.

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The cost of this bag is:

POPULAR Member’s Special: $99

After trade-in price for POPULAR Members: $89

Promo: $109 (U.P. $139)

After trade-in price: $99

POPULAR will be running this island wide campaign from now till 15 Jan 2017.

Valid at POPULAR bookstores in Singapore.

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Raffles Marina, Singapore

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Greetings from Raffles Marina! I spent my last day of 2016 relaxing in this cozy little room, amazed by the fact that I could “fly” from the bathroom through the wardrobe into the bedroom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The bathroom has a very fresh smell, and the standing shower emits strong and powerful waters. The basin is a little bit crappy though, as the water seem to always get a little “choked”.

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Thank you my partner, for planning this little staycation for us! Very big room, comfy and homely.

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Life is good, so good when you’ve a HUGE balcony with the most calming and scenic view.

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Ta dah! This is what I call my kind of view, my kind of way to enjoy the serenity and peace. I really really loved it!

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I’ve a festish with stairs, and Raffles Marina one even has carpeted designs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Merry Belated Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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If you like the kind of nautical lifestyle and marine leisure sports, I think you’ll fall in love with Raffles Marina.

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Raffles Marina is a first class, full service boating haven with the trappings of a prestigious country club and all pleasures of a quality resort.

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We wanted to watch sunset, but lady’s luck not with us, no sun, so we moved to the waters which ended up as a pleasant surprise!

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My best moment would definitely be the water slide at the pool. ❤

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The pool is huge, the water is clean and the weather is perfect! It’s a very relaxing way to end my 2016, slowing down in everything and just enjoying the moment.

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We squeezed into the most crowded jacuzzi ever, but we also had the greatest time spent together.

Cheers to more great moments with you in 2017!

For more information on rates, bookings, services, etc, you may wish to visit http://www.rafflesmarina.com.sg/.

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Burp Kitchen & Bar @ 259 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437047

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Hello dearies! How’s my butter mushroom haircut?! I’m back to bangs for Christmas! A Christmas feast came early and here I’m sharing the love of tonight’s media food tasting at Burp Kitchen & Bar. This latest and newly opened outlet is at Tanjong Katong, relatively nearby the famous Ponggol Nasi Lemak Centre! Just in case you’re wondering, Burp Kitchen & Bar started its first outlet next to Bedok Reservoir and to date, it is still booming.

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A relatively neat, woody themed chill out place for both food and drinks. The ambience is generally dark, and they play English pop music. One great point – NO GST & SERVICE CHARGE! Let’s zoom into what this cozy NEW place has to offer.

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Bulgogi Kimchi Fries ($12 NETT)

This is a generous portion of mouth watering beef bulgogi that comes with kimchi and gochujang aioli. The beef is very thinly sliced. Tender and not too oily. A very good sharing dish and a total instagram worthy one.

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Bacon Quesadillas ($9 NETT)

The bacon quesadilla came with a tortilla wrapping the chopped bacon and melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Taste this while it’s piping hot, so you can enjoy the pulling cheesy effect.

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Tom Yum Chicken Mushroom Pasta ($14 NETT)

If you ask me, my favourite would be this extremely spicy tom yum chicken mushroom pasta. This looks totally gentle but the spice kicks in hard and deep. This dish consists of linguine, tom yum sauce, diced chicken and sauteed mushrooms. Unique combination that will please those who love great kicks of spices and the aftertaste.

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Baja Fish Tacos (left) & Grilled Shrimp Tacos (right) ($12 NETT)

 The baja fish tacos come with battered fish, apple slaw, salsa fresca and spicy mayo. The fish itself is well fried to crispy golden brown, tender, meaty and juicy, very much like a mini version of fish and chips. As for the grilled shrimp tacos, it consists of shrimps, apple slaw, salsa frescsa and garlic cilantro lime mayo. Tacos are perfect bites for a light dinner.

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Crabby Patty Burger ($18 NETT)

This charcoal bun, breaded soft shell crab with salted egg yolk sauce is definitely a killer. Salted egg yolk sauce is like a bit hit now, as this sauce practically goes well with any food, especially so with fried food, burgers and cajun fries! This black colour bun that’s sprinkled with sesame seeds has all the fluffiness it takes to give you a soft, natural and easy bite. This crabby patty burger contains a complete and whole fried soft shell crab.

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BBQ Pulled Pork Totchos  ($12 NETT)

The BBQ pulled pork totchos is another great and popular creation. The small, bite-sized hash browns are great on its own, but perfected with a twist of well seasoned sweet and juicy pork. This is a strong flavour though.

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Honey Lime Paprika Wings ($12 NETT) & Spicy Buffalo Wings ($14 NETT)

The honey lime paprika wings are glazed with sweet and citrusy sauce, giving a refreshing taste which I find very apt for non spicy food lovers. On the contrary, I love the well glazed spicy buffalo wings sauce! The little bit of sprinkled grated peanuts and ranch sauce helped in taming the spiciness.

All in all, Burp Kitchen & Bar serves familiar westernized food with a tinge of special flavorings to make themselves stand out.

I believe you must be tempted and already drooling.

Go go go!

Burp Kitchen & Bar
Address: 259 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437047
Tel: 8428 1134
http://burpsg.com/

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