Wednesday, 4 July 2018

8D7N TRAVEL ITINERARY IN JAPAN (OSAKA, KYOTO AND NARA)

Before I begin to share my Japan Trip, I need to highlight the importance of using WIFI in Japan as you will definitely have to use Google Maps to search around especially when you are planning for a free & easy trip. 
Photo source: Dayre.me  

For this, I will recommend using Changi Recommends portable wifi. Connected 2 devices at the price of $34 (with 2 days rental free) promo code: FOC2WIFI was definitely very worth. Guess what? The battery life of the portable wifi surprises me by accompanying my husband and me for more than 8 hours without the need to charge it. Not forgetting, the unlimited data is another plus point which you do not need to worry about exceeding the data usage (feel free to watch videos, play games, uploading photos and etc). The connection was great too. The collection of the portable wifi is easy for you to pick it up at any Singapore airport terminal.
The second thing that I will recommend is to purchase 2 days OSAKA amazing pass in klook at the price of $41. With this pass you can get unlimited travel on Osaka Municipal subway and Osaka City Bus as well as free entry to many places. Below is an example of how much I save with this amazing pass :)

To summarise the Japan 8D7N Itinerary: 

Day 1 : Kansai Airport --> Hotel
Day 2 : Kuromon Ichiban Market --> Lucky Owl Cafe --> Osaka Aquarium --> Ferris Wheel
--> Dontobori
Day 3: Arahakasan Shitenno Ji Temple --> Osaka Castle --> Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
--> Tenjinbashisuji --> Dontobori
Day 4 : Kyoto and Nara Tour
Day 5: Universal Studio Japan
Day 6: Nippombashi --> Cup Noodles Museum --> Minoo Park --> Dontobori
Day 7: Kyoto Tour
Day 8: Dontobori --> Home Sweet Home

I will elaborate further on my trip in my next post. 

Thanks for reading. 

Monday, 25 June 2018

Siamese Cat / Velocity @ Novena Square


As you walk past Novena Square where Tuk Tuk Cha previously was, it was replaced with Siamese Cat. 


The space is very cosy to catch up with friends and colleagues. If you want something valuable, do hop over during lunch time to enjoy their Super Value Meal ($9.80 onwards) including main course , side dish and classic Drink. 


Before eating, we started off with 2 of their regular drinks : Mango coco ($6.50) and Oreo coco ($4.80). I tried Mango coco while my friend got to enjoy Oreo coco. Mango coco was thick and I love it. 

Phai Thai (Prawn) $7.80

This was served with noodles together with prawns, bean sprouts and was topped with chilli flakes, crushed peanuts and lime. Phai Thai should eat right away once served and don't be like us after taking lots of photos, the noodles cool down and will start to clump together. But don't worry, the taste don't affect much. 

Butterfly Pea Glass Noodle ($6.80) 

This dish is my favourite !! To me, this dish was quite spicy but I just simply love the texture of the glass noodle with their sauce. Can you see how generous they are ? 2 big prawns :) 

Chang Mai Beef Noodle ($8.80) 


As you can see from the picture above, the noodles were so silky smooth, not to forget the beef slices were also tender. To add on, if you unsure which bowl of noodles to choose, you can try their mini version bowl which cost only $1.90 each include Mini Chicken Noodle, Mini Tom Yam Noodle and Mini Beef Noodle.

 Golden Charcoal Toast ($4.80) 

The charcoal toast was fluffy on the inside when you bite it. Yummy and fragrant!


Biting into the fragrant buttery toast, I felt the bread's crisp exterior and its fluffy inside which soaked up with the Thai Milk Tea ice cream and biscuit crusts. As you can see from the photo, they are super generous with a big scoop of Thai Milk Tea Ice cream and so much biscuit crusts spread around. With this portion, do share it with friends so that you will be able to enjoy other great dishes too. 


Location: 
Siamese Cat ( Velocity @ Novena Square) 
Address: 238 Thomson Road, #01-68/69, Novena Square, Singapore 307683Opening hours:  Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6252 6563

Siamese Cat ( Suntec City) 
Address: B1-173/174 Suntec City Mall Tower 3, 3 Temasek Boulevard, 0389

Saturday, 2 June 2018

DBS Marina Regatta 2018


Located at The Promontary @ Marina Bay on May 26-27 and Jun 2-3, DBS's celebrate 50th anniversary by taking this year DBS Marina Regatta to greater heights - offering an array of activities for urban athletes and families, including Southeast Asia's largest land and water obstacle course, Battle Bay Extreme. 

Scroll down to check out what are the interesting activities available :

# HIGHLIGHTS (REGATTA ON SEA) 

1. DRAGON BOATING 

Before I reach DBS Marina Regatta area at about 3pm, I got the chance to see many dragon boaters doing warm-up before the race to battle in the heart of the city beneath the iconic Marina Bay skyline. To add on, there is an estimated 80 teams in the region to compete by winning the largest cash prizes for the sport in Asia.  

# HIGHLIGHTS (REGATTA ON LAND)

1. CREATORS MARKET 


Inside the DBS Creators Market you can get to participate in their interesting workshop (suitable for both adults and children)  such as making your own yummy superfood snacks and acai bowl. 

You can find more here .


Feeling tired? There are also snacks, food and drinks for you to munch and rest. Some of the snacks include acai bowl, kefir and more.

2. BATTLE BAY EXTREME


Battle Bay Extreme is the main highlights in the DBS Marina Regatta where you can push your limits by testing your will power to pass across 3 levels of difficulty such as by climbing up long lengths of rope and leap from platform to platform, sandbag throw, farmer walk. 

Just to add on, if you are there on Sunday 3rd June, you will be able to see Schooling as well as local sailors Griselda Khng and Olivia Chen to present at the event and leading a special Celebrity Challenge on the special Battle Bay Extreme.

3. BUSKING BY THE BAY 
source: Picture taken from DBS

Starting from 1- 3 June 2018, Busking by the Bay will take place at the bay area for buskers and street artists to showcase their talents. Click in https://www.buskingbythebay.com/ to find out who are some of the buskers that will be performing for you. 

Performance timing : 
1- 2 June 2018 : 5:30pm - 8:00pm
3 June 2018: 3pm onwards

4. PASSPORT BAY

Before exploring the area, pick up Bay Passport. As you can see from the photo above, you will have to complete at least 5 tasks to get a chance to walk away with Porsche Design HUAWEI Mate 10, Scoot Flight tickets to Berlin, Maldives , kuching and HUAWEI P20 Pro.


There are games challenge to complete at Ovaltine booth such as basketball.


At the Sunplay booth, you can compete with your friend to see who has the fastest hand.


Upload a picture in Instagram by playing this Trick Eye.

5. SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AT MARINA REGATTA/ ARTBOX


Check out https://www.dbs.com/marina-regatta/artbox.html with over 20 social enterprises showing unique and eclectic range of fashion, handcrafts, food and more. The enterprises include Center Pottery, East Bali Cashews, Threads of Courage, Desi Hangover, The Kommon Goods, Indie Mamashop and more for some guilt-free and socially conscious shopping.

LOCATION 

Come on down to DBS Marina Regatta located at The Promontory @ Marina Bay on 26 - 27 May and 2 - 3 June 2018 to spend a great weekend over here.



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About DBS
DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 280 branches across 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank's "AA-" and "Aa1" credit ratings are among the highest in the world. DBS is at the forefront of leveraging digital technology to shape the future of banking, and has been named “World’s Best Digital Bank” by Euromoney. The bank has also been recognised for its leadership in the region, having been named “Asia’s Best Bank” by several publications including The Banker, Global Finance, IFR Asia and Euromoney since 2012. In addition, the bank has been named “Safest Bank in Asia” by Global Finance for nine consecutive years from 2009 to 2017.

DBS provides a full range of services in consumer, SME and corporate banking. As a bank born and bred in Asia, DBS understands the intricacies of doing business in the region’s most dynamic markets. DBS is committed to building lasting relationships with customers, and positively impacting communities through supporting social enterprises, as it banks the Asian way. It has also established a SGD 50 million foundation to strengthen its corporate social responsibility efforts in Singapore and across Asia.

With its extensive network of operations in Asia and emphasis on engaging and empowering its staff, DBS presents exciting career opportunities. The bank acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in all of its 26,000 staff, representing over 40 nationalities. For more information, please visit www.dbs.com.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

ARTBOX 2018 - FOOD TO EAT



Hey Guys, ARTBOX SG 2018 is back this year getting bigger , spacious and much more food stalls choices as compared to last year.  I remembered last year when I was there, the queue was simply hard to see as it was way too packed. 

ARTBOX SINGAPORE 2018
Date    : 25 - 27 May 2018 and 1 - 3 June 2018 (Only Friday to Sunday)
Venue : Bayfront Event Space (Nearest MRT Station: Bayfront)
Time   : 3:00pm to 11:00pm

1. Golden Moments #017 
(24k Gold Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream)

24k Gold Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream ($9.90) was the first food stall that we spotted and decided to give it's a try. I would said the Mao Shan Wang Ice Cream was heavenly and definitely a worth choice to kill the heat from the burning sun. 

2. MoMo #039 (Sakura Frizz) 
MoMo - Sakura Frizz (Small Size $6)
Sakura Frizz comes with 2 choices of cup sizes consisting  of edible flowers, soft pearls. This was my first time seeing this drink and I thought that the creator of this drink was pretty smart and would probably make a hit in Artbox. 

3. Dirrty Fries #338

Tempting hot cheesy fries with 4 different toppings - Mac & Cheese, Kimchi Chicken, Mushroom Poutine and Beef Rendang at the price of $10 each. We ordered Mac & Cheese topping and the taste was so good because fries was not soggy at all. 

4. Messy Munch #353

Messy Munch pancake comes with their limited edition Chilli Crab flavour as well as Milo Dinosaur with Milo Nuggets and Chicken Floss with Nacho Cheese.

5. Bake & Bake #95 
You should try their biscotti especially their new creation  Charcoal Black Biscotti with Mango and Coconut. You will definitely go for more!

6. He Zai 黑仔

Chose their popular flavours - S'more Nutella and Blueberry Lavender to match with the soft bread. Out of the 2 choices, I will prefer blueberry lavender :)

7. Gryphon tea
Earl Grey Lavender with Strawberry - $10 

A very refreshing cold brewed sparkling tea served with thyme and strawberries in a reusable cup. 



Have a great day! 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Science Centre Singapore’s Phobia Party & FunActivities.Sg


Have you been to the Phobia Party last month Science Centre? Thanks to FunActivities.Sg. I've a chance to visit Science Centre and get to enjoy the night by looking at the exhibition, playing the game station and enjoy delicious food and drinks.


Let's check out the Phobia Party in Science Centre 


PHOBIA PARTY - This is a place you can get to know the different types of phobias and to challenge yourself at their Fear Challenge Stations but its psychology or physiology. 

Before entering in, the staff will explain that you might have sweaty palms and if you are scared there is a door for you to exit named as 'chicken out'. It means timid. 


Fearing of not doing well in exams with the exhibit displaying study desks contain TV panels showing clips on how to overcome it. 


A conical room designed with swirling black and white pattern. As you walk, it will get smaller and smaller into the room. 


Children with nightmares fearing that their wardrobes contain many insects and spiders. 


Fearing of clowns 



Fearing of seating roller coaster ~

After enjoying the exhibit in the Science Centre, we then head out to ECO Garden to enjoy games and food organise by FunActivities.Sg.

FunActivities.Sg is an offshoot of DoXtreme Sports, much lighter on the intensity but heavier on the laughter and experience. With many collective experiences, they assisted many corporate organisations with many blazing experiences. We are given games and food vouchers to enjoy the night. Every won games will entitle you to tickets to exchange for toys/games for you to bring home. Elgena and I got ourselves a total of 5 different smiley cushions. Check out the below pictures to see what amazing games that we saw and played. 

Have you ever seen the Big Sized Uno Card? Funactivities cleverly uses the UNO games cards to turn into a larger size for clients to play matching games. We have to get a total of 6 identical twins cards in order to win (same colour and same numerical number). You will require luck to get the matching cards because there are 6 tries for you to flip the cards. This means that you cannot have any error if you want to get all the 6 identical twins right. 
Another bigger size darts games, but instead of using tarts, they provide us with a soccer ball for you to kick and aim the bullseye. 
This time is a smaller version of ring throwing. I've tried once and I feel that this game is difficult, I simply can't get the right technique. 



Overall, I really enjoyed myself spending almost 4 hours exploring and playing games and eating. There are many games choices such as basketball, hooking ducks, bouncy playground, throwing hooks and many more that are not shown in the pictures above. 

Check out: https://funactivities.sg/index.php/about-us/ if you are planning to organise corporate events or birthday party.