Saturday, September 28, 2013

S.E.A. Aquarium

The few places I remember vividly in my mind of my childhood trip to Singapore included this place, the S.E.A. Aquarium. I remembered it to be a really huge place and rightly so, not just because I was tiny back then, but also because it is the world's largest aquarium. Here are some of the more interesting underwater creatures...

They look edible to me...

I called this the Pinocchio fish!

And of course, no visit to an aquarium is complete without going through their underwater tunnel walkalator!

S.E.A. Aquarium
Open daily 10:00am to 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Skyline Luge Sentosa

Due to the excessive amount of walking to the top of the hill, we decided to take a relaxing way to return to the foot of the hill. I must have been too tired from all that physical activity because I agreed to take the Skyride.

Yes, for those who know me really well, you must be thinking, "You must be joking..."

Oh no, I did take it, alright. And boy did I regret after a few minutes...

I managed to smile but in all honesty, my whole body was shaking. I was petrified of not having both my feet on firm ground!

And firm ground was SO FAR BELOW!

On hindsight, I should have opted for the Luge instead.

Obviously, the Skyline is not for people with acrophobia. Check their website for ticket prices and age/height requirements.

Skyline Luge Sentosa
Open daily from 10:00am to 9:30pm

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Malaysian Food Street Resorts World Sentosa

A must stop when in Singapore would be Resorts World Sentosa. So many tour operators in KL organise daily tours to this place. Although Resorts World is a Malaysian company, we were still pleasantly surprised when we came across the Malaysian Food Street. Much thought would have gone into this place, as they had everything you could think of!

Spoilt for choice and you don't even need to step out of Singapore!

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 9:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays 10:00am to 10:30pm
Sundays 10:00am to 9:00pm

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

How time flies, yet another year. I still remember that I had a mooncake bigger than my face last year. A close friend also shared with me photos of his family dinner on Whatsapp. Photos of the tableful of food and also the colourful paper lanterns in his front porch made me miss home more, actually. But, I was thankful for the warmth sent from afar through his photos and also my phone conversations with Mum and Dad.

This year, it is another Mid-Autumn Festival away from home. Instead of the usual 月亮园 by 山脚下男孩, I feel more of a connection to 我们的月亮一定圆 this year. I especially like these three phrases:

如果没有跌跌撞撞  (If there is no falling over)
永远都学不会坚强 (There will never be growth)
熬过绝望就­有希望 (Overcoming despair will bring hope)

词: 黄威尔 / 李志清
曲: 黄威尔

我们的月亮一定圆   一家人今天来团圆
我们的月亮­一定圆   手牵手我们心­相连
疲惫在寻找著臂弯   眼泪在等待被抹­干
贫穷或富有都一样   明月光 把黑夜点亮
我们的月亮一定圆   一家人今天来团圆
我们的月亮一­定圆   手牵手我们心相­连 (手牵手 牵成一个圆)
如果没有跌跌撞撞   永远都学不会坚强
熬过绝望就­有希望   明月光 把黑夜点亮
我们的月亮一定圆   一家人今天来团圆
我们的月亮一­定圆   手牵手 我们心相连
我们的月亮一定圆   一家人今天来团圆
我们的月亮一­定圆   手牵手我们心相­连 (手牵手 牵成一个圆)

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everyone!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Jones the Grocer Dempsey Hill

There were two reasons we decided on Jones the Grocer. First, we have never been there before and second, an ex-student worked there.

As it was a weekend, it was more or less packed. Even the empty tables were reserved.

I mean, just look at that queue!

Long or not, we still joined the queue. We came all the way and we were not going to leave without eating there!

I saw a few familiar items on the shelves and came to realise that it was an Aussie brand, which explained why there were so many angmohs speaking English with an Aussie accent.

They had a section just for cheese! Dad would have liked it.

And guess who the cheese expert on duty was.... :) I had quite a few to sample and they were pretty good.

I really liked the interior set up of the place. However, I do think that they are a little tight on space.

And then we were shown to our table. The drinks came first. The iced chocolate hazelnut ($7.50) was refreshing for a hot day. Hm, better not to stir in the cream on top, though.

The cappuccino (regular $5; large $6) was fragrant but was not as hot (in temperature) as I would have liked it to be.

We shared a serve of the highly recommended coconut pancakes with fresh mango, vanilla ice-cream and palm sugar syrup ($13.50).

It was delicious! The coconut flavour would not be a norm on a pancake menu in Sydney but perhaps this was Singapore and it was more tropical, they infused some tropical flavours into their menu (which explained the mango and the palm sugar syrup, too). I would imagine that instead of palm sugar, normally maple syrup would be served with pancakes.

We also had a serving of toasted Jones muesli with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit.

Munching the muesli made me tired - so many things in there!

Other than the long queue, staff were friendly and the place was clean. A little too noisy if you are looking for a place to have a proper catch up, though, unless you visit on a weekday when the crowd is smaller.

Jones the Grocer Dempsey Hill
Block 9 #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore, 247697
Tel: +65 6476 1512, Fax: +65 6476 1518, E-mail:
Daily 9:00am to 11:00pm