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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

2D1N Free & Easy Melaka Part 1



Wanted to blog about this very short trip earlier, but a couple of unfortunate things happened.... so delay until now de......

I wanted to travel but plans didn't work out some how, I was rather unhappy.....  Then there was this random day, chit chatting with a colleague and she mentioned that Malacca is affordable and near, not much planning needed.  Sounded good enough, so I persuaded hubby to go with me.  The kids didn't want to follow, so we left them at home (the house was intact and they were alive when we were back lolxx...).

Our inexpensive mini honeymoon was great!  Sharing with you guys the food and fun which might be interesting if you are going to Malacca!


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Destination: Malacca (Malaysia)
Mode of travel: Free & Easy
Coach: KKKL Travel & Tours Pte and WTS Travel & Tours Pte Ltd (Total S$126 for 2 pax)
Accommodation: Hatten Hotel Melaka, Junior Suite (1 night MYR332.78)
Duration: 2D1N  3rd - 4th Jun 2017
Travel Buddy: Le Hubby

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Starting off with my experience of the coaches and hotel I booked:

Booking of the coaches was easy from www.busonlineticket.com.  Just that the online payment system was somehow messed up during that time and I went to SingPost to make the payment.  To-and-fro was S$126 for the 2 of us which worked out to be S$63 per person.   I had to book coaches from 2 different travel companies (as stated above), choosing my preferred timing and drop off/pick point.  There's a few dollars different in cost but wasn't a big issue.

Then I went to www.booking.com to get a room in Hatten Hotel, all fixed and confirmed 2 weeks before departure.

The coach was 10 mins late at Tampines MRT pick up point but a SMS was send to inform.


The bus was new and awesome, setting off around 7.15am.  But it didn't go straight to the custom, it went to Bugis to pick up a few more passengers.  It's very annoying, so much time was wasted.


We stopped over at Yong Peng rest point around 9am.


It's a huge canteen with huge washrooms.


The chicken rice was dry and salty, and the drink tasted like cough syrup.  Horrible.


The only good thing must be this SIM card seller.


I replenished all the sleep I lost while on the road.  The bus went to another hotel dropping other passengers off before making it's way to our hotel, annoying but no choice.   I was expecting to reach latest by 12pm, but ended up at 2pm.

Nevertheless, Hatten Hotel is beautiful.

Hatten Hotel Melaka
Hatten Square, Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia

Ground floor which looked like 6th floor in the lift's indicator.


The lift lobby to our room.

Even the corridor is splendid.

I am so proud of my choice!
The 33m2 Junior Suite consist of:
* A small living area with sofa
* Queen size bed
* Coffee/tea making facilities
* Internet access
* 2 LCD TVs
* Mini bar
* "Rain" and "Hand" showers
* In room safe box
* Iron and ironing board

The little living room with a cozy sofa allowed us to rest, fidget with handphone before my shower.
2 TVs aren't necessary, maybe they can replace one with a computer/laptop/tablet?  Here's more pics of the room:
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Fully marbled bathroom.


We explored the facilities of the hotel on the 2nd day of our stay.  But as usual we didn't use any.

All were at the 12 floor with a welcoming lounge.

The reception counter.

Sauna Room is all transparent.

The gym is on the left and the pool is on the right hand side.


Bought swim wear but was too lazy to dip into this infinity pool >.<

Another view of the pool with 2 blocks of hotel rooms.

View from the 12th floor over looking the Straits of Melaka.

Loving my zoom lens which managed to capture the crown of Melaka Straits Mosque (Masjid Selat Melaka).
It's a pity that we couldn't visit due to time constrain.

The next post will be flooded with food, stay with me and thanks for reading.




Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Calm down at Barashi-Tei

Date of visit: 24.8.2017



Finally blogged again!
(Dusting virtual cobwebs >.<  I am so sorry!)

Some of you readers may know what had happened from my boring Dayre.  Things over here are getting better though still challenging.  While family's support keeps me from collapsing, good food keeps me going!  Nowadays, a meal can be a mini "escape" from reality to me.   Other than my "seasoned" smelly bed, I find comfort and a bit of rest over a dining table ....... Barashi-Tei's table is one of them.

We sat and ate following dishes:
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Moriawase (sashimi 12pcs) S$28.00

Tamagoyaki S$5.00
These handmade tamago are so good that we had to ta bao some home.  I never eat those perfect looking machine made tamago ever again.  It's a MUST ORDER in Barashi-Tei.

Softshell Crab S$12.80
Nice simple dish, fresh with no fishy taste, crispy with no excess oil.

Unagi Don S$18.80
Tender unagi coated with sweet sauce grilled to perfection.  And their heavenly Tamago.... 

Unagi Salmon Mentai Maki (Eel, salmon, egg, cucumber) S$14.80
Maki (rice rolls) here taste as good and they looks.  Slightly torched Salmon Mentai was creamy and flavorful while the little balls of roes creating fun sensation in the mouth when they burst.  Cucumber is not the main but the crunchiness compliments the texture of all the other ingredients.

Spicy Salmon Maki (Crispy Tempura Prawn, Broiled Salmon) S$14.80
Having both salmon and prawns in a bite is sheer pleasure.  The special spicy sauce isn't too fierce but lingers, it's delicious!

Ika Kabayaki (Grilled squid) S$16.80
Love this, Barashi-Tei is doing everything right on the grill.  I hope they can ship in and do grill octopus.

Foie Gras Sushi S$15.80/2pcs
Dear Foie Gras Sushi, I am so sorry that I screw up on the photo which is not doing you justice >.<  To atone, I hereby disclose the
Best Way To Eat Foie Gras Sushi:
1.  Make sure there's no other food in your mouth (cos' you need a lot of space);
2.  Pick the sushi up with chopstick, but if you are not steady with this cutlery, use hand (just don't drop it);
3.  Put the WHOLE sushi into your mouth (no worries about your mouth being too small, the sushi is free size, sure can go in de..)
4.  Now let the foie gras burst, allowing it's buttery juice to cover every fluffy rice grain (imagine your mouth as a washing machine, mix mix mix...)
5.  Swallow bit by bit, enjoy your time in heaven!

Chawanmushi S$4.80
Here's a all time favorite, it's a Jap side dish but I some how love it as a dessert.

Ikura Chawanmushi (Chawanmushi with Salmon Roe) S$6.80
Here's a slightly atas version with salmon roe with balls of sweetness from the sea.

Ishikari Nabe Set (Salmon Head hotpot) S$18.80
Value for money!  This unassuming looking soup in claypot is the most comforting to my flu + cough + fever at that time.

Salmon head is surprising sweet.  Love or hate it's skin, it's thick and succulent to me, with lots of collagen, they slipped in guilt-free.
A pot of soup is always welcome on a table, especially when it's taste so home cook.

Barashi-Tei never disappoints but tables are limited, booking is advisable before heading down.  Simply follow the 3 steps below:
2) At the top right hand corner, click BOOK NOW.
3) Fill in the particulars and you are done!


Barashi-Tei
266 Middle Road
Elias Building
Singapore 188991
Tel: 188991
Tel: 8421 5228
Opening Hours:

Mon - Sun 10am to 3pm 

Mon - Sat 6pm to 2am
Sun - 6pm to 10pm


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Messages behind the flowers




Flowers are one of the most beautiful thing created by nature.  A bouquet never fails to bloom a woman's heart.  Not only a bouquet must be beautiful, it also should be able to convey messages on behalf of the sender.

Here are the meanings and symbolizes of some popular flowers:
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Lily:
30th wedding anniversary flower.  Symbolize purity and beauty.  White lily is also a symbol of chastity and virtue.

Photo credit: A Better Florist
The Keira Bouquet, with lilies and roses wrapped with rustic burlap.


Protea:
It's believed to be named after the son of Greek God Poseidon, Proteus.  It symbolizes transformation, courage and resourcefulness.

Photo credit: A Better Florist
The Emilia is a luxurious huge bouquet that comes with protea, roses, calla lilies and matthiola.

Rose:
Red rose signifies admiration, devotion, respect and desire.
White rose is a symbol of innocence and purity.
Yellow rose stands for friendship.
Pink rose shows joy and gratitude of the giver.

Photo credit: A Better Florist
The Julianne Bouquet is a romantic bunch with red and champagne roses.

Sunflower:
My favorite flower which stands for warmth and longevity.  Also express adoration and dedication to someone.
Photo Credit: A Better Florist
The Ayla Bouquet is a bundle of sunshine.
Tulip:
Yellow tulip means cheerfulness.
Purple represents royalty.
White symbolize forgiveness.
Photo credit: A Better Florist
The Allison, is an elegant and graceful bouquet with multi hued tulips and white meadows.
Daisy:
It represents innocence and purity, also expressing/declaring loyal love and new beginnings.
Photo credit: A Better Florist
The Spring Breeze Bouquet comes in rustic mason jar, beautifully packed with daisies and roses.

Myself, I told him not to get me flowers, cos' it's more practical to spend on food or any thing in the household.  But every time when my young friends gotten their bunch, be it big or small, I would envy secretly (now no more secret).  So, for a long long time I never have a bouquet.  For heaven's sake, women says "No" becos' they don't want their men to go through hassles or spend money.  Men happily took the "No" from granted and forget about it for the rest of their lives, urrrgg......
I want a bouquet.



ps. The above content is extracted from A Better Florist Blog.


Friday, 16 June 2017

SPARKS, by DBS




Was invited to the premiere of  SPARKS, Episode 7, by DBS held at Marina Bay Financial Centre.
SPARKS is an industry-first mini-series that follows a group of young bankers at work, how they thrived above and beyond when solving unusual client challenges.  Through SPARKS, DBS hopes to convey that the Bank is not only about transactions.  Financial management with the help of bankers are important.  At times of crisis, it could be very crucial.

Personally, I have a few plans with DBS which more or less prepares myself for a stress-free retirement.

Back to SPARKS Episode 7.  It's highly anticipated with 2 additions to the cast - Heart throb Nathan Hartono (向洋) and beautiful Jaime Teo.
Photo credit: DBS

I couldn't believe I was seeing our Milo Boy in person!
Photo credit: DBS
Jamie Teo holding my phone!!!  She was cheerful, literally smiling, giggling and laughing non-stop.

He is exactly what he is on screen; smiles and laugh a lot, unpretentious, absolutely no airs, EXTREMELY CHARMING AND CUTE!!  
I was having such a hard time controlling myself, not to scream, not to grab him, not to "misbehave", stay compose and act cool (else I may be ban from attending events by the PR lolxx...).

Ms Karen Ngui (Managing Director & Head of Group Strategic Marketing & Communications, DBS Bank), Nathan and Jaime shared with us on the making of this mini-series.
Photo credit: DBS
The outline of the story was about how Chester (Adrian Pang) meets his first clients.  Chester stood by the young couple through their growth and successes of their small bus company and also setbacks.  Nathan's role as young Chester, a new banker was refreshing, while Jaime's role as the wife of  the young couple, was a tear bomb with many heart-wrenching crying scenes.   It must had been very challenging as it's totally different from her bubbly self in real life.

SPARKS Episode 7 is online on 16 June 2017.  Please enjoy (tissues may be needed).

If you had missed Episode 1 - 6, I had put them all into this post, just scroll down and click in to watch:










SPARKS mini-series is bought to you by DBS.
Photo credit: DBS