Resorts World Genting 2018 – Theme Park Hotel, Medan Selera, Food Factory, Big Box Adventureland, Malaysian Food Street, Snow World, Genting Bowl, SkySymphony, Awana Skyway, Coffee Terrace, RedTail by Zouk, Motorino

[ Media Invite to Resorts World Genting 2018 ]

Hi dearies! I’m still as excited as ever to be back at Resorts World Genting once again to explore and rediscover its many new and even some old yet still fun places to go! Genting is never about just gambling at the casinos or play at the arcades anymore. You will be absolutely spoiled for choices with so many new and exciting attractions at Genting now. With a tagline of “Exciting Things Are Happening”, let’s check them out one by one!

Where to Stay: Newly Revamped Theme Park Hotel, close proximity to the first in the world twentieth century fox world theme park

First up, the valley wing is the newest wing of the Theme Park Hotel which houses more guests with 448 rooms. The quad room is still considered quite spacious and houses four comfortably. The roller blinds are cutely designed and I find it very family and kid-friendly. The artists pitched in to hand draw designs in white paint on blackout roller blinds, resulting in original works of art in every room. Your luggage can be put at the storage spaces underneath the bed which makes the room look neat and tidy.

Don’t you think the TV looks like something from outer space? I’m pretty impressed with the wall art / line art! The TV is hung on brackets with artwork around it to make it seem that it is closed in a TV cabinet. Clothes can be hung on knobs! The quad room even has a door that leads to a beautiful balcony.

I can just stare at the stunning views of natural mountain forests and not move an inch! I’m loving this breathtaking view at 6,000 feet above sea level and the cool breeze and weather (14 to 22 degrees) pretty much.

You can even brush your teeth side by side with your loved one. And while one of you bathe in the shower room, the other one can sit on the toilet bowl in the toilet room! What an amazing combination, you don’t have to wait for each other and fight for the usage of the bathroom.

What to Eat: Medan Selera

Location: Level G, SkyAvenue Mall, below the newly opened Bona Cinema

Seating Capacity: 270

Opens 8am to 10pm daily

For food options at SkyAvenue, there is a newest swanky modern concept food court known as the Medan Selera, where you’ve a tantalizing variations on your favorite dishes including rice and spice, crispy chips, laksa, western asian, noodles and even grab and go.

Rice and spice offers delicious variations of the Malaysian staple rice such as Nasi Lemak, Nasi Briyani and Nasi Kandar.

Noodles serve char kway teow, mee bandung, soupy bakso, and fried beehoon while laksa focuses on variations of laksa including nyonya laksa, laksa Johor, laksa kelantan and asam laksa.

Western Asian serve grilled meats such as chicken and lamb shawarma, grilled chicken shish tawook and kebab, roasted chicken leg, seafood rice and middle eastern Arabic breads like zaatar manakich, mohamara and cheese bread.

Crispy chips features western staples like crispy fried chicken, chicken popcorn, fish and chips, calamari rings and french fries.

For the early birds, a light breakfast set (Nasi lemak, Nasi dagang, Nasi kerabu, fried mee, fried rice, roti telur, roti John or chicken curry with purée bread) including a hot or cold drink costs only RM12.

For the healthy ones, the fresh salads and cut fruits would suffice while the sweet tooth can opt for local desserts like puddings, som som gula Melaka and sago gula Melaka. The busy bees can choose the Snack and Go and Grab and Go section which serves quick bites like spiral curry puffs, banana fritters, potato samosas, bahulu, dodol, kuih cakar ayam and Sarawak layer cake.

Things to Do: Retail Therapy / Shopping at SkyAvenue Lifestyle Mall

1st Floor: 35 F&B gastronomic tenants including dragon-I, din tai fung, royale Vietnam, dome, morganfield’s, just heavenly, acme bar and coffee, gong Cha, kyochon 1991 and tampopo.

1st Floor: Picturehouse, a cinema back to the golden age of film where theatres were architectural icons

2nd Floor: Luxury level

3rd Floor: 51 retailers selling high street fashion including Padini Concept Store, giordano, Swarovski, kiehl’s, timberland, adidas originals, Austin Reed, Lovisa, esprit, DC Comics Super Heroes, Mood Board, L’Occitane, bonia, tissot, shu uemura, muse by Watson, sk-II, Thomas sabo, puma, Samsung and H&M

4th Floor: Malaysian Food Street & the centre of the Resorts World Genting hub of connectivity where SkyAvenue Station serves as the landing platform for Awana Skyway, the resort’s new cable car system

5th Floor: Alfresco Dining

Resorts World Genting has also bought the Malaysian franchises for three international F&B brands, namely London’s Burger & Lobster, the French Cafes Richard and American pizzeria Motorino which you can find the food reviews here.

SkyAvenue offers 616,079 sq ft of lettable space over five floors which will be helmed by 168 tenants and 160 brands once it is fully opened by 2018. SkyAvenue was designed by levels, with a clear-cut personality to each storey.

What to Eat: The Food Factory

Location: 3rd floor of First World Plaza

Breakfast Counters: West Asian, East Asian, Western and Pastry

Prices: RM 29NETT (adult), RM 14.50NETT (child)

Opens 6am to 11am daily

The Food Factory covers 23,568 sq ft and is normally open for breakfast. It comes with an open kitchen equipped with some heavy-duty kitchen gadgets and caters mainly to tour groups and MICE market as it can accommodate up to 1,300 diners.

Food are processed in large quantities by using giant pans to various ranges of automated machines. There are also freshly baked breads, local buns, danishes, pancakes, cereals, Nasi lemak, idli, dhokla, puta Mayam, pita bread, paratha, congee and condiments, assorted pau, pizzas, juice, coffee and tea.

The latest machinery in the house is the eggs drying machine from Taiwan which is able to produce 20 fried eggs in 1 minute. Wow! The giant cooking utensils such as a pancake machine, pizza conveyor machine and a machine for making fried rice and noodles help to make food quickly and freshly. The buffet line is an open concept with these machines to help churn out food and it offers an interesting ‘show’ for customers. The machines make it possible to serve up to 2,000 people at one time which saves time and energy!

Attraction: Big Box Adventureland

Visitors to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Adventureland will be greeted by armored elephants as they flap their massive ears. This place entertains all ages and I’m most attracted to the happy arcade games machines aka mystery boxes at RM10 pet try where I won earpiece, power bank, computer mouse, pocket mirror, nail clipper, towel, cosmetic pouch, tumbler, luggage tag and so much more!

There are also many exciting attractions like oddities, dinosaur rides, zombies and a trick art museum for many interesting scenes, learning, art, thrills and photo opportunities.

Things to Do: Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, Jurassic Research Center and Zombie Outbreak

Location: Big Box Adventureland, level 4 of SkyAvenue Mall

Prices: VIP PASS for all 3 attractions at RM75 for adults and RM66 for children

Opens 10am to 10pm daily

Attraction: Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium

Those into anything and everything extraordinary will have a spectacular time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium and be amazed by over 400 exhibits such as artifacts of lost worlds and the model of a vampire woman.

Those in search of great wealth and prosperity can rub the good luck Buddha’s enormous belly and be granted happiness!

I hope I blended in well! There are way too many outrageous and unbelievable attractions not only from around the world but the universe. It’s a pretty huge place, you can easily spend an hour or more just entirely here!

You can even crawl into the “box” and explore the exhibits! See that toilet bowl? You know, it’s actually literally full of brownish shit and black spiders. Gross!

Odd things are cute; the guy inside the netted room is a real human being. FYI only.

I’m most fascinated by this dino that’s made up of all melon seeds!!!!!!!! Omg right? Of all things, melon seeds?! How delicate and detailed! The creator must either be a fan of melon seeds or an extremely patient person.

Attraction: The Jurassic Research Center

Everyone has surely had a fascination with dinosaurs at one point of time, especially childhood! The exciting highlight is this 4D experience of witnessing velociraptors wrecking havoc in a discovery lab before the final “door” opens for you to exit the place!

There are massive figures of different species of moving dinosaurs spread through the centre. It’s surreal!

For instance, a Tyrannosaurus rex magnificently roars and brings the place to life.

Guess what, I actually enjoyed letting the dino hit my butt!!!!!!!!!

Here, visitors can get up close with dinosaurs like never before. How about a french kiss before getting devoured?!

There is even a fossil laboratory to study the different specimen models of dinosaur fossils with detailed inscriptions.

Attraction: Zombie Outbreak

The most thrilling and terrifying attraction of all is the zombie outbreak where you will experience what it is like to be one of the last survivors of a nightmare zombie apocalypse. This dark maze hits you with a new terror awaiting at every turn and keeps you on edge as zombies consumed with a ravenous desire for human flesh are practically everywhere! There’s only one way out and no turning back, so good luck to you and I hope you’ll make it out alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attraction: Alive Museum

At the alive museum, you will enter a colorful world of fun and engaging optical illusion art. As you can see, digging gold is my forte!!!!!

With the artwork specially commissioned by artists from South Korea, the skillful brush strokes, careful details and amazing choice of colors result in the wonderful 3D images.

How about some skiing with polar bears?!

Or getting blown away by the world of imagination created by the murals that cover almost every inch of the space with imaginary scenes such as a ufo?!

Knock knock, anybody waiting for me inside the secret garden? Me super love the cherry blossoms!

Hip hip hurray! The alive museum is so colorful and vibrant and it’s one of my favorites! Ride a pony with me to the galaxy!

What to Eat: Retro-themed Non-Halal Malaysian Food Street

Location: SkyAvenue Mall, level 4

Seating Capacity: 40,000 sq ft with 1,000 seats

Stalls: 20 stalls with five distinct zones namely little India, malacca, teluk intan, Kuching and Chinatown

Out of the 20 stalls, 8 stalls along with the three kiosks and the drinks counter are operated by resorts world genting while others are operated in collaboration with famous local hawker stalls that were handpicked for the best Malaysian Food. The food street can be described as a culinary showcase that will appeal to both Malaysians and foreign tourists alike.

I personally like the South Indian style hot and spicy banana leaf rice that’s served with freshly cooked dishes, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. White rice is served on a banana leaf with an assortment of vegetables, pickles, papadum and other regional condiments which are usually sour, salty or spicy. Interestingly, banana leaf meal etiquette dictates that, after the meal, the guest must always fold the banana leaf inwards as a sign of gratitude to the host. The delicacies range from the ever popular hainanese chicken rice, Penang char kuey teow, Sarawak kolo mee, Bak kut teh, Sarawak laksa, Nasi lemak, claypot rice, prawn mee to succulent traditional Chinese roasted meats.

The chicken satays are pretty good and the curry fish head is perfect for the cold weather. The must try desserts are cendol and ice kacang which will complete your meal sweetly.

Attraction: Snow World

After a hearty meal, you can head down to the Snow World for some fun!

I can’t believe I screamed a bit while playing my snow slide!

Who wants to enjoy a feast with me?!

It’s freezing at -10 degrees Celsius. Fret not, snow world will kindly provide you with a winter jacket, boots, and gloves to keep your body warm while you enjoy the snowing experience. It’s fun!

Attraction: Genting Bowl

Genting Bowl offers normal bowling in the day and glow in the dark bowling at night! How cool is that?! P.S. I anyhow roll my ball and can also spare and strike. LOL.

Attraction: SkySymphony (RM28 million project)

Shows: The Forest, Urban Symphony and The Goddess

Location: Huge Atrium at the tail end of SkyAvenue

Resorts World Genting unveils the largest permanent winch installation and the first multimedia winch attraction in Asia. It is called SkySymphony and comes with magnificent LED shows featuring wonderwalls and amazing ball. Stand still and be amazed by this panoramic, immersive, nature-themed electronic presentation with music and motions on the screens!

The Forest Show is a bioluminescent universe where endangered species unique to Southeast Asia comes to life. Colorful and fluorescent 3D gesture drawings are used to demonstrate a striking coexistence of these diverse exotic population, including the Sumatran tiger, Bornean orang utan, asian elephant, Sumatran rhinoceros and the hornbills.

The SkySymphony winch installation is the only fixed kinetic ball display in the world. These kinetic balls are plastic globes with an LED light inside. Each ball moves independently on a long cable attached to a motor which controls the height of a ball’s descent or ascent. The balls move vertically in order to be assembled into a series of programmed shapes. Each of these balls are suspended from a four-story high ceiling and is the fastest programmed winch speed at 17.5 meters in six seconds. Together with the LED screens, the 1001 kinetic balls form the world’s first electronic art installation which will see storylines projected on the LED screens while the kinetic balls move to form shapes to support the story’s premise or trajectory.

The Goddess Show is inspired by a magical kingdom above the clouds. It is an imaginative narration about the beauty of creation where real actors play the role of creators who conjure life forms into existence.

The Urban Symphony Show showcases the daily chores from waking up to going to work. The giant LED screen (25m x 12m) shows, an electronic mood board consisting of three-storey high LED walls made up of small LED modules to form wraparound screens, is the biggest in Malaysia. In fact, the price of these wraparound screens is double that of flat screens! Many visitors even hang on the balustrade rails of the different levels of SkyAvenue just to experience the mesmerizing visual spectacular.

Attraction: New Awana Skyway

Operating Hours: 7am to midnight daily

Ticket Prices: RM8 for Standard Gondola, RM40 for Express Boarding Pass, RM50 for Glass Floor Gondola

The Awana Skyway is located at the new Awana Transportation Hub and offers both thrills and convenience to Resorts World Genting guests. The 99 cable cars (10 glass floors) can carry 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 meters per second, the 2.8km journey takes just 10 minutes.

Interestingly, every gondola is fitted with two USB ports allowing visitors to charge their mobile phones. The thrilling ride on a glass floor / normal gondola begins at Awana station. Passengers can disembark at Chin Swee station to visit the Chinese temple which is located at an altitude of 1,514 meters. Alternatively, passengers can remain in the gondola until the final stop at SkyAvenue station which connects directly to the SkyAvenue shopping mall.

Visitors to Resorts World Genting can take cabin-sized luggage on board the gondola while larger luggages can be stored at the new awana bus terminal for RM5 for 24 hours.

Enjoy a spectacular bird’s eye view of the 130 million year old rainforest surrounding Resorts World Genting and the site of the future much anticipated Twentieth Century Fox World Theme Park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What to Eat: Coffee Terrace

Breakfast Prices: RM44 per adult, RM22 per child daily 7am to 10.30am

Buffet Lunch Prices: RM46 per adult / RM23 per child on weekdays (Mon to Fri) and RM50 per adult / RM25 per child on weekends (Sat, Sun, Eve of and PH and School Holiday) from 12pm to 2.30pm

Buffet Dinner Prices: RM88 per adult (Sun – Thu) / RM92 (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH and PH and School Holiday) and RM44 per child (Sun – Thu) / RM46 (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH and PH and School Holiday) from 5pm to 9.30pm

I personally love the buffet dinner spread including the flavors of Malaysia, seafood, Japanese counter, western spread, satays and the cute desserts corner. Yummy!

Attraction: RedTail Bar by Zouk (Nightlife)

Size: 4,289 sq ft, accommodates 150 guests

RedTail is a lively and fun place that offers pre-club drinks and group celebrations, a beer bar, tiki bar, and light meals and snacks. It also regularly host competitions and opportunities to go head-to-head against players across the world with exciting, real-time e-gaming tournaments. The mascot of RedTail is Xiao Hong the red panda boy i.e. a fun, popular, sociable, adventurous and playful boy, matching the vibe of the place.

The very atmosphere of the place also celebrates culture and arts – RedTail being a big supporter of the southeast Asian art scene. The decor showcases murals, graffiti art, handcrafted lighting and sculptures. In case you’re wondering, Zouk is a 26 year old brand that provides a world-class clubbing experience by pushing the boundaries of electronic dance music. It was ranked Asia’s best club by DJ Mag in their 2017 top 100 polls!

Enjoy exciting cocktails, relax and listen to cool live music, watch your favorite sports on screen or play games like Xbox, e-games, beer pong, darts and pool to liven your night at the trendy RedTail bar. Don’t forget to try the zouk-inspired sour plum shot!

What to Eat: Motorino

Location: Level 1, SkyAvenue

Operating Hours: 10am to 10pm (Sun – Thu) and 10am to 12midnight (Fri, Sat, Eve of and PH)

Prices: RM45 to RM67 for a whole pie

This Brooklyn and East Village pizza place makes Neapolitan-style pizza in wood ovens and even has New York Times food writers hailing it as the best authentic Neopolitan Italian pizza restaurant in New York! The Motorino at SkyAvenue will be a 4,000 sq ft place with a facade featuring gold-bordered Italian windows with original design ethic of the American outlets with 1920s metal chairs in burgundy.

On the sides, Motorino offers fresh mixed green salads, roasted chicken wings flavored with lemon, mint and chili flakes and meatballs braised in tomato sauce, pecorino and basil.

There are over 20 toppings and ten stellar favorites ranging 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).

The two large pizza ovens used in Motorino were shipped in from Naples in Italy where patrons can watch the entire process of the making of the pizzas live in action under the sixties-style lighting and Pantone glo-balls.

On a side note, the recent opening of the Genting Highlands Premium Outlets selling a variety of luxury items complements the new and existing offerings at Resorts World Genting.

Thank you Resorts World Genting for the kind hosting throughout the 3D2N media trip. I enjoyed myself very much!

Are you amazed at how much Genting has changed? Come on up to experience the excitement!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading!

Attitudes for a Blessed Life

What makes me happy? It could be people, pets, hobbies, sports, material things, achievements and more. As a child of God, Matthew 5:3-10 taught me many attitudes that we as children of God can adopt for a blessed life. Let’s examine them together.

3. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (God)

We need to recognize our spiritual poverty and our incredible need for God. This will help to remind us of our dependence on God. Only when we empty ourselves, we can truly allow God to rule and reign in our hearts.

4. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted

It is important to understand our spiritual mourning over our sin and shame such as Psalm 51 on adultery. Having a prayer of repentance, we should learn to plead with God for forgiveness and call on his name for mercy due to our greed, hatred, lies, lust, etc. God comforts us with his never ending grace. Always remember, God’s grace is sufficient for me.

5. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth

The meek are not the weak. When we know of our spiritual bankruptcy and we mourn, we will have a better estimate of ourselves to adopt a humble and gentle posture. Therefore, we need to surrender to Jesus, live in humility and depend on God. Let’s cut down our proud and competitive nature and learn to be meek like Jesus Christ.

6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled

God says, “be holy for I’m holy”. Holiness is drawing close to God, become like him and to take his nature upon ourselves. Start yearning for God today! Meet God for who he is, and not what we can get out of him. If you hunger and thirst for God, you will be filled! Revival must begin in our hearts and starts with us today.

7. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy

Whatever it is, be merciful. Remember the mercy we’ve tasted. Now we are called to show mercy to those who’ve owned us. Mercy is the quality of god, not man. Releasing forgiveness and showing mercy sets us free to enjoy the peace and wholeness in our lives.

8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God

Inward purity of the heart will lead to an outward purity. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit to change us from the inside. Jesus rejects purity that is only skin deep and superficial. Always be pure in heart!

9. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God

As children of God, we should all be peacemakers. Jesus is the prince of peace. We must make peace between man and man, be a mediator and initiate reconciliation. Always take that step to say sorry to others and respond with a gentle and loving word.

10. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Always be ready for opposition. We could all very well be persecuted and rejected by others because we’re following Jesus and we’re Christians. All the more, we must continue to stand up for godly moral values even though we may be laughed at. Be proud, don’t hide your identity because God called us to be the salt and light of the world.

Dear God, please help me to be dressed in Christ likeness and bring you glory and honor. Amen!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

WHERE IS THIS CHEAP AND GOOD WESTERN GRILL?

ChowHound Western Grill

515A Woodlands Drive 14
#01-181
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.

Thanks for reading!

 

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

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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 

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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

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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

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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!