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Tel: 6348 8039
My little sister got her first bonus (even thought it’s prorated and wasn’t much!) and treated us to yummy Korean food! She found Tosokchon Samgyetang which is apparently the same famous Tosokchon Samgyetang in Seoul, Korean near Gyeongbok Palace!
They have a very limited menu as most people will just order their famous Ginseng chicken soup, but we did ordered other food in their menu which is also yummy! I enjoyed the food a lot but my sister thought the one in Korea is much better. Haha.
The famous chicken which I love and my sister not so. The free flow of sides!
My favourite! Bibimbap in hot pot! Really nice!
We thought this is some sort of pancakes when we ordered, turns out, it is a meat and potato ball which is really good! Taste like homecook meal!
The only non chicken dish in the menu! Saba fish. Didn’t managed to try it!
We saw the other group who was given a pancake which was not in the menu, so when we asked, he said that was complimentary to the group. We shamelessly asked for one too and the waitress readily agreed! Haha.
Thank you sister! He is so going to roll his eyes when he sees this. Haha.
A few weeks back, Singapore Tourism Board organized some free heritage walk in Haw Park Villa for the public and a friend of the bride I met at Langkawi asked me out to this tour! I said yes and never regretted it! Even though the sun was blazing hot, it was an interesting and informative tour! They now have the same tour for a fee here. At SGD 35 per adult and SG 15 per child, I’m glad I enjoyed the tour free! But if you just want a walk in the park, the entrance is free! So if you have a lazy weekend afternoon with no way to go, drop by for an interesting sight!
Haw Par Villa is a park created by the Aw Family behind the famous Tiger Balm Ointment. It is a park in front of their residential villa (which was destroyed during World War II) and what is left are all the figurines of various Confusion teaching and Chinese fables. Through the tour, we learnt the story between the Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Paw, the two brothers who created this garden. Boon Par is the brainy one, who has pharmaceutical knowledge and is well educated. He created figurines to share with his brother on the importance of filial piety and dangers of temptation etc. Boon Haw on the other hand is the marketing genius and the entrepreneur, though he has a huge love for women (he has got 4 wives), himself (ego) and enjoyment, his love for his brother is strong as well. Together, they created this park and successfully expanded their business across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and China in the early 1920s.
It is interesting to learn the story about the two brothers through the walking tour, as most tourist walking around the park will not learn about the two brothers. Instead, they will be wowed by the Chinese fables and the figurines which looks like the Eastern Alice in the Wonderland. The tours will be available soon
The entrance to the rabbit hole.
The children enjoyed the tour most as the guide is engaging with quizzes and gifts for the little ones.
Go To HELL! Haha, yes, that’s the entrance to hell – The Ten Courts of Hell!
In traditional Chinese belief (or rather a mixture of Buddhism, Confucianist and Taoism beliefs), the realm of the dead is a state of limbo or purgatory and is believed to last three long years. Souls are dragged by the fearsome pair of underwater guardians – Ox Head and Horse Face – to purgatory after death, to atone for the sins they committed when they were alive. – Extracted from the memorabilia book given to participants of the tour.
The other activity that the bride organized for us is a Yacht trip to a Thailand island! Yes, you heard me, the captain brought us to an island belonging to Thailand from Langkawi. Haha. There is pretty much nothing to do there, so we just swim and roll around the sand. That’s how I got my first ever sandfly bites. Horrible stuffs. The trip was really expensive, about RM270 but the food was good and there were free flow of alcohol! Beer, wine and drinks! There were two staffs other than the captain on the boat servicing us.
The yacht trip departs from The Andaman Resort’s private beach and it was really convenient. We took a small boat to the yacht from the beach.
That’s us tanning on the net is fun!
Sunblock is crucial in this sun!
Love this picture! The sky is clear and we look good!
We saw eagle! Some of us spotted dolphin in the waters but when I got up from my lazing, the dolphin is gone. Sigh!
The whole party!
Me looking too excited! Haha.
After a swim!
The helpful service staff on board serving us wine!
The food is restaurant standard. The steak and salmon actually tasted good!
Approaching home! Haha.
So the main purpose for my recent visit to Langkawi was for Ivan and Catherine’s wedding and here are some pictures I grabbed off Facebook of her wedding! The bride requested for an unplugged wedding, which means, no cell phone and no photo taking to avoid photos taken from her photographer to look like this.
So, here are some of the pictures!
It was a terribly hot day and we all got burnt, but because of the glorious clear and bright day, all the pictures turned out beautiful! Yay! The wedding ceremony was held at the beach at 5pm and it was indeed a beautiful sight!
Colin, popsicles and paper umbrella save the day! Haha.
Dinner was held at 7pm at a beach deck restaurant. Look at all the pretty gift! The bride was nice to lug these gifts home from Bangkok and allowed her guests to pick one!
We all had a blast at the dinner which ended with 10 minutes of fireworks and a quick dance session! As the hotel has many retirees and guests who enjoys some peace, loud music was forbidden after 11pm. Boo!
After their wedding dinner, some of us proceeded to the lobby lounge for some quick chilling out. The bride was really sporty that night (not sure if it’s the alcohol!) sang the groom a song! Haha. Their friend also sang and dedicated a song to the couple. He is definitely not drunk but he was surely high and can sing pretty well.
It has been using the Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50 PA ++ and Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution for a while and I love it! I’m done with one bottle of their Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and the results are amazing. Of course not all my dark spots are gone after a bottle of use, but most of them has lighten up! The best of all, it prevents dark spots from forming! The last time when I went Phuket, before I started using both of these products, I came back with more dark spots after spending considerably amount of time under the sun. But after using these products, when I’m back from Langkawi, there aren’t more dark spots forming! Weee!
I bought the above Jumbo bottles for both products at Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure Hall Kiehl’s Booth and it is really much cheaper in these jumbo bottles without taxes. These Jumbo bottles are usually not available in our Singapore retail store, but once in a while, they have them as limited edition promo. But in Changi Airport Terminal 2, it is a permanent item!
Here are the prices I paid versus the prices in our Singapore retail outlet. So next time before flying, pick your supplies up first.
Kiehl Ultra Light UV Defense SPF 50 in 60 ml (jumbo)- SGD 64 (Airport Price). That’s $1.07 per ml. Same item in 30 ml in Singapore Retail Store – SGD 52. Do the math! $1.73 per ml.
Kiehl Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 50 ml (jumbo) – SGD 99 (Airport Price). That’s $1.98 per ml. Same item in 30 ml in Singapore Retail Store – SGD 75 and for jumbo promo bottle – SGD 120! Do I even have to say more?
Recently, I’m also trying out Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 30ml after my sister’s rave review. They don’t have jumbo bottles at the airport for this item, and I paid SGD 65 while it is sold at SGD 80 in our local retail stores.
Weee! That’s a lot of savings! On top of all that, always ask for some sample packs! These are great for traveling or after yoga session! Also perfect if you want to try certain products before purchase. I’m a happy girl!
The next product I’m going to pick up at the airport would be their Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective White Hydrating & Clarifying Treatment Masque!
// The review was neither paid for nor advised by Kiehl’s. All opinions are my own.
One of the other free activity provided by the hotel is Rainforest morning walk – Rainforest Awakening. Even though we didn’t exactly walk inside a rainforest, our hotel is right smack in a rainforest. Surrounded by lush vegetation and vibrant rainforest wildlife, a walk around the resort compound allowed us to spot many animals! This walk is available every morning except Mondays and is conducted from 8am to 9.30am. Reservation is required and they are really popular!
Girls who are diligent enough to wake up for the walk! Haha.
” As morning light breaks the forest awakens to the sights and sounds of birds, monkeys, squirrels and a myriad of other delightful animals on Langkawi. Morning is the best time to walk our grounds to gain an insight into the thriving plant and animal life here. Discover a treasure trove of medicinal plants that are increasingly ﬁnding their way into modern medicine.” – Source: The Andaman
This is the best view of the private beach of the hotel.
Our friendly guide introducing us to Elephant Ear leaves which was used as packing material for food in the past! See how she transformed the leaf above to a bundle below.
The hotel was also infested with the well recognized macaques! Haha. I used the word “infested” because there were a lot of them and they are very naughty! They are the bad monkeys in the hotel and are infamous for opening unlocked balcony doors, stealing fruits and opening fridges!
With evil, there are always the good. The dusky leaf monkeys are the good and well behaved ones! We saw a lot of them but my lousy camera phone didn’t managed to capture a decent picture but above are some pictures found in the resort. They are good natured and are pure herbivore who have a strict diet of rainforest plants and fruits. That means, they do not raid the hotel guests’ rooms for food. Haha. Aren’t they adorable!
Can you spot what’s hidden in the tree?
Do you know what’s that? It looks like a Koala bear! Haha.
It’s a Sunda Flying Lemur and is commonly found in rainforest of Southeast Asia, even in Singapore! But it’s the first time I saw one so up close! It’s just 2 metres away from me! It is a nocturnal animal and it is not a lemur and not a bat. Instead, it’s closest relative is actually monkey. Haha.
If you ever come across a palm tree that has a bunch of leafs which looks like the one in the middle, folded into a lamp shade like, take a peek in there and you will be surprised!
There are bats in there!
Three of them! These common fruit bats are very common in the rainforest too!
This Rainforest awakening walk is really worth waking up for! An easy walk around the resort compound allows you to discover many wonderful creatures living among us in the resort. We won’t have notice these creatures if not for the walk! Time to start discovering and noticing what’s around us instead of just staring into our screens. A fruitful walk which is complimentary from the resort. Nice!
There are many free activities at The Andaman and some of these are at their Coral Nursery. We were lucky to chance upon a session of building Coral castles which involves us playing with cement and dead corals! Here are some pictures!
Here’s our knowledgable instructor who is sharing with us how this Cement block and the mini Coral Castle that we are going to create is helpful to small fishes to hide from their predators. Corals can also grow on dead corals which are filled with nutrients.
It’s a hot hot day!
Here’s the coral nursery! Every day from 2 to 6pm, there will be instructor stationed there to assist you to snorkel inside the pond. I know, you must be thinking, snorkeling in this murky pond? Many of my friends are not too keen on it and so, off I went alone on this adventure!
Basically, participant will wear a life vest and snorkeling gear, stay afloat and breathe and keep your hands to yourself. The instructor will then pull you along while you enjoy the beauty of various corals and fishes! It was effortless and a lot of fun! It was really nerve wreaking in the beginning as I was trying to breathe, keep my hands to myself and avoid kicking / killing any corals.
But after a while when I began to relax, it was all really beautiful! I saw many types of corals, the brain looking ones, the ones where Nemo loves to hide in and those which will close and shrink when you float pass! There are really colourful too which you couldn’t tell from the surface! I also saw Sea Urchin, Clown Fish and Nemo’s Friend Dory. Yes, the forgetful blue fish. No idea what is it called! There are also many other fishes which looks like pomfret and ready to be steamed.
Can you spot Nemo? His whole family is there.
Some of the mini castles are here while the rest are out in the sea!
Will I recommend my friends to do this? Yes! I won’t mind going in again! It’s really beautiful!
Jalan Tanjung Rhu
Kedah Darul Aman
(Situated next to Four Seasons Resort Langkawi)
In Langkawi, there are plenty of sea sports to choose from and one of them which we did was Parasailing! The bride and groom managed to negotiate for a discounted rate from Naam who is reputed for their modern technology, safety measures and fully insured package for their participants. They made used of a custom made vessel specifically designed for the parasailer’s comfort. It is really fun as the vessel will also play upbeat music on their audio system. It is a pricey activity as we paid around RM 170 – 190 per pax for a short 10 mins time in the air but it’s really safe and stable. The most exciting part is when we ascend, there after it was really stable and we thoroughly enjoyed the view up above!
Upon descending, we can also opt for three levels of dipping in the sea! Level 1: Ankle Dip, Level 2: Knee Dip and Level 3: Neck Dip! Haha. Our group opted for Knee Dip but our dear friends on the vessel requested for Ankle deep for us! Thankfully for them, as the splashes soaked up our bottoms!
There are many branches and we went to the one above.
Less talking and here are the pictures!
Here’s us looking silly in our life jacket walking towards the speedboat which will bring us to the vessel!
Here’s us excited about the adventure!
On your mark, get set go! We were seated comfortable on the vessel and all we had to do is hang in there while the crew slowly release us into the air! I’ve heard of horror story where people have to run on the beach or deck while waiting for the speedboat to move and drag you along! OMG! But for Naam, it was really comfortable and safe. We just need to make sure we don’t grab on to any carabiner which may loosen it!
I’m so glad I brought my phone along in a waterproof case with lanyard! Haha. Weee!
That’s us having our Ankle Dip!
While waiting for the rest to fly up there, we managed to catch a beautiful sunset!
The bride and groom went into the water and we thought they being a sporty couple opted for Level 3: Neck Dip! We were all eager laughing and taking pictures of them! When they returned onboard, the groom jokingly asked if we requested for Level 3 dip, and only then did we realized it was because the vessel stalled and they got a unrequested mega dip! In the end, the couple asked for full refund for them and on top of that, Naam even offered them a free jet ski ride for them!
The bride is soaked throughout. Look at these breathtaking pictures taken by our new friend Lucia on our way back to the car after parasailing!
The Andaman, Langkawi is where we spent our four days three nights, and it is a beautiful resort and truly luxurious. Here are some pictures of the bridal suite that the bride stayed in and the deluxe room we stayed in! The suite that the bride stays in is not the most luxurious but it wasn’t too shabby! Will share more another day on the activities and the wedding!
The very grant lobby and me and the bride!
The Living Room
The deluxe room which we stayed in! Nice and very comfortable bed!
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While waiting to pick up his aunt at the dialysis centre nearby, we spotted this newly opened ice cream parlor cafe – Shrove Tuesday.
Shrove Tuesday interestingly is also known as Pancake Day. A day preceding Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent) which is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “confess”.Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Roman Catholics, who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”
- Source: Wikipedia
This cafe must be opened by a Christian / Catholic! It wasn’t too shabby and the ice cream is decent, smooth but a little sweet. It is also on a pricer side but we are happy to have a quick fix of ice cream whenever we are nearby! Yay!
They have other frozen desserts which looks great as well! Will want to try one someday!
I can’t believe it, it has only been two years and Franc Franc Singapore is calling it quit. Franc Franc is a Japanese retailer who specializes in modern decors at affordable prices!
Rawr! Perhaps the lease is up and the landlord is raising the rental or it must be really hard and expensive to hire good retail staffs. Retail business in Singapore is extremely volatile and really cut throat. I’m so going to miss Franc Franc.
I still remember my complete set of Ceramic House from Franc Franc which I shared in my old post here.
Boo. On a brighter note, it’s shopping time! Hopefully I can spare some time to grab some lovely decors!
I love the room and the environment of Turi Beach Resort, Batam Nongsa, but my only gripe is there expensive and mediocre food. If they taste great then so be it, but they are really mediocre and they are very expensive for the food quality. So if you are here for a short getaway and you got a great deal via Groupon / Deals.com.sg, be prepared to spend on food or bring some of your favourite snacks or fruits! Haha.
Here are some of the meals we had at the resort.
Saturday Fusion BBQ Dinner
Sorry for the poor pictures. It was really dark and I didn’t notice my fingers there! Haha. This meal was one of the better one but really not for the fussy. At S$28 ++, you get to enjoy a variety of BBQ items but it was a little oily and salty. But for a relaxing meal with good selection of food, it wasn’t too bad. It is highly recommended to make reservation in advance to ensure private seating. Otherwise, you may end up at the big round tables with strangers.
Breakfast was alright. Nothing spectacular but it’s a great place to grab your greens and fruits!
Other Self Paid Meals at the Cafes
Tahu Goreng. Wasn’t too bad.
Ayam Penyat was nice as well.
Even though chicken chop was hard to go wrong, our local hawker centre ones are better.
This pathetic Chicken soup was S$8. Madness.
Nasi Goreng was decent but at S$11.
I’m back from Langkawi and I’m all tanned and my arms are filled with rashes from unidentified creature bites from the sea! RAWR!
This durian elephant looks too cute and yummy!
Ok, back to posts on Turi Beach, Batam, here are the surroundings at Turi Beach Resort. There aren’t much things to do in the resort except to walk around, enjoy the view and take pictures! Haha.
Little huts to chill out near the pool.
Chilling on hammocks by the beach. Ahhh. Bliss.
The most photographed area in the resort. The bridge towards the jetty and Island Bar!
Went back to the bridge to watch sunset. This is what a holiday should be. Relaxing and enjoying me time.
I’m flying off to Langkawi early morning tomorrow and I’ve yet to pack my bags and do my nails! But here I am writing a blog post because I love you guys! Haha. Ok, the actual fact is, I need to share about my recent short getaway at Turi Beach, Batam Nongsa before I flood the blog with pictures from Langkawi!
Here’s part one of Turi Beach Gateaway! The trip there and the hotel!
I bought off Groupon at SGD 99 for one night stay at Turi Beach. In the package, one American breakfast, two ways ferry trip and transfer from Jetty to Resort! It excludes SGD 20 Singapore tax, 50,000 Rupiah (SGD 5.45) and SGD 20 Saturday surcharge. I’ve also upgraded to King Size bedroom for SGD 25 and it was totally worth it. I love the room!
For my readers who do not reside in Singapore, Batam is a small island belonging to Indonesia and it is 45 mins to 1 hr boat ride away from Singapore. Singaporeans largely go to Batam main town for golf, massage, seafood and cheap getaway. But Turi Beach is situated at Nongsa area where the nearest mall is 20 mins drive away and has nothing but beaches and golf courses. It is the perfect place for a short relaxation getaway.
The boat ride from Tanah Merah to Nongsa was a bumpy one but thankfully a short ride of 45 mins.
The top deck seats are terribly uncomfortable! On the return journey, we took the lower deck which was much better.
Can you see the blue sea peeking at the side?
A welcome drink, ginger tea!
Here’s the room and the view! We were supposed to be booked on the Tirta Wing but was given the Riani Wing instead. Apparently Tirta Wing is the newer wing but there are some rooms at Riani Wing which were recently renovated. Thankfully the private setting of the room at Riani Wing was perfect! Rooms in Tirta Wing sit in a building with multiple levels but rooms in Riani Wing sit in a wooden unit which is split into two rooms.
Love the wooden paneling wall and the mirror/glass wall.
Love the high ceiling too!
Really huge bathroom with contemporary yet rustic decor. Nice.
The view is really surprising. We were greeted by this view at the lobby too and it was breathtaking. I feel relaxed just looking at it!
I will blog more when I am back from Langkawi! Three more posts on Turi Beach where I will share on the environment, the food and the overall evaluation! Haha. Sounds like a review report!
This was taken before the game.You will notice the board which I picked after the game is very different. Haha. My outfit blended well with the background! Haha.
You will noticed that I am flooding my blog with lots of posts today because I had a fun and exciting weekend! Last weekend, we went to Xcape Singapore with his friends at Bugis. This is the first photo that I am sharing of him, but without his face to protect our privacy. It is not the right time yet and we do not want this blog to affect our personal life. When it is time, I will surely share with you! It is not that I am not proud of him, on the contrary, I am extremely proud of him! Will share about it in another posts!
So back to Xcape Singapore, we picked Upside Down and it was our first time playing 5D Real Room Escape Game! Upside Down is largely related to Harry Potter. We are disappointed that we couldn’t pick a scarier room as it was really popular. For Upside Down, our brainy group of 6 came together in an attempt to complete the puzzle but only managed to complete 90% of the game! Gosh! This game is most suitable for Harry Porter’s fans as you will be shocked by how much trivial information you need to know to solve the puzzles! We are shocked that some of us can rattle on the names of potions and spells! I didn’t read any of the Harry Potter books and only contributed with one eureka moment where I spotted the link.
Will I go back again? Maybe, but it is really expensive! We paid SGD 28 per hour per pax and the next time if we do go back, we would go for the scarier rooms for the thrills and excitements! Haha.
We just attended Lydia and Keng Moh’s wedding last weekend, and being the first wedding that I’ve attended in 2014, it can easily be the wedding of the year! It is beautiful and the lovely bride put in great effort in personalizing and having many DIYs in her wedding. The best part? Her wedding is in The Chamber Room at The Art House! I’ve never attended a wedding there before and was really looking forward! Here are some pictures for you to feast on! Enjoy!
The Program Card
The Dessert Table
The desserts were all baked by Lydia’s talented sister! You can check out her work at Instagram: @peace2cheris!
The Dining Table Setting
I’m like a tourist wandering around while waiting for the wedding to begin!
Spot Senior Lee!
I’m back on track to my twice to thrice sessions a week yoga regime and am glad that they have opened a new branch at Toa Payoh! The environment of this branch is the most comfortable out of their three other branches! I believe they offer free trials for new customers! Just ask! Otherwise, you can PM me for the sales manager, Lydia, who assisted me!
The mirror at the yoga place always seem to make me look really lean. But when I’m at home, I look all flabby again! Perhaps it’s all in the mind. Haha.
This weekend was awesome! We went for Tree Top Walk on Valentine’s Day, spent our saturday with friends at Escape Singapore and today, went to Lydia’s wedding at Art House.
So, here are the pictures for the Tree Top Walk.
This Valentine’s Day, we both agree to not spend on flowers, chocolates or expensive dinners. Instead, we took leave, hiked from Ang Mo Kio up to Venus Entrance near Thomson area, and hiked up to Tree Top Walk, hiked down and back. Gosh, it took us close to four hours, a burnt shoulder and a whole bunch of happy time. Wee! It’s a weekend and it’s the perfect time for the visit! There aren’t many people except a few tourists and retires and we had the whole place to ourselves!
Don’t this look like the Hobbit Town. Haha.
Pretty red leaves.
I expected it to be higher and more wobbly. But it was perfectly safe even for people who has fear for height.
View from the top!