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Bangkok is changing so rapidly that even the best travel guides out there have to constantly update their content or risk losing out to their competitors. As for us, we don’t really have this concern because firstly, we are not competing for web traffic and secondly, we use this outlet to remind us of the places that we’ve been to, how much we’ve grown; and of course to share important and relevant information to anyone who’s keen to read.
So, recently, we’ve just returned from our trip to Bangkok and over our 1 week stay there, we explored a couple of cafés, did some shopping, and of course learnt a thing or two about the Thai culture (we also learnt to make Luk Chup).

If café hopping in Singapore is getting a little boring for you, then this blog post is for you!

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing with you 3 cafes that we think you ought to visit if you plan to do some café hopping in Bangkok.

Little Zoo Café

Little Zoo Café is located slightly north of Bangkok and you will need to take a taxi to get there. If you’re a tech-savvy person, you can utilise Uber or Grab to get you there. As for us, we took the BTS Skytrain to Mo Chit and then took a taxi to Little Zoo Café.

Do note that Little Zoo Café does offer a shuttle van service but it is generally not reliable. It would be a better option for you to find your way there. The journey from Mo Chi BTS Station to Little Zoo Café should take you no more than 40 minutes.

As its name suggest, you would probably expect Little Zoo Café to be somewhat like a mini zoo with all sorts of unique (perhaps exotic) animals that you can interact and play with. This is somewhat true as we had the chance to interact with a raccoon, 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 bird, a couple of foxes and even meerkats.

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Unlike some other animal cafes which expect some sort of an entrance fee; there really isn’t any entrance fee when you visit Little Zoo Café with the exception that guests are expected to order a main course meal and drinks. While the food and drinks aren’t that expensive, we wouldn’t say it is cheap either. For a plate of fish and chips and a glass of lemonade, expect to pay about 285 Thai Baht (about SGD$12).

Personally, we felt that the quality of the food and beverage were just about average and the main drawing point for people to visit the café is the animals. There are two separate play rooms; one for the foxes and the other for the meerkats; and there are restrictions in place as to the number of people allowed in the play room at any given time. In fact, guests may not get to interact with all the animals as the staff treats the welfare of the animals seriously. If any animal is feeling unwell, they will not be taken out for any interaction and even during play time, the staff is always present to ensure that guests handle the animals properly.

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While the animals that we interacted with are friendly, do note that they too have their own temperaments and bad days too. There’s no guarantee to say that you won’t be scratched or nibbled at but so far, they haven’t had any serious incidents. Then again, we really don’t recommend this café for families with very young children.

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If you’re travelling by taxi; just show this to the taxi driver.

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If you’re travelling by Uber/Grab, you can just key in Little Zoo Café.

Operating Hours:
Mondays – Sundays : 10:30am to 7:00pm

Contact Details: +66924481116

On The River Café

On The River Café is located slightly north of Little Zoo Café so if you’re planning to visit either Little Zoo Café or On The River Café; you might as well just include both these cafés in your itinerary. From Little Zoo Café to On The River Café, the taxi journey should take you no more than 30 minutes.

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As its name suggest, On The River Café is literally a café that sits on the Chao Phraya River. Introverts who prefer to have some reading time will love this café because it is quiet and scenic. Though the structure is pretty sturdy, people who are easily susceptible to motion sickness may find it uncomfortable when there are strong winds and waves.

What is interesting about On The River Café is that they have an area for basking in the sun although we have to admit that the murky brown water don’t exactly make a nice background for some photos.

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We had their Nutella and Peanut Butter Waffle with Ice-Cream and a Mango Tango Smoothie; both of which were really good and cost us about SGD$15 or lesser.

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If you’re travelling by Uber/Grab, you can just key in On The River Café.

Operating Hours:
Mondays – Sundays : 11:00am to 11:00pm

Contact Details:
+66814809661

Rabbito Café

There used to be a rabbit café in Bangkok but unfortunately, they have shifted to Chiang Mai.

Recently, we stumbled upon another rabbit café and much to our delight, it is located near the Airbnb apartment that we stayed at. To get there, you can take the BTS Skytrain to Udom Suk and walk for about 15 minutes towards Soi 101/1.

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The rabbits are really friendly and they are really gentle too; hence, Rabbito Café makes a pretty children-friendly café. But of course, do exercise caution and supervise your children when handling the rabbits.

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As for the food and beverage there; they are surprisingly good and the price is pretty reasonable. What we really like about Rabbito Café is the fact that we could purchase some healthy bunny cookies and treats for our pet rabbit.

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If you’re travelling by Uber/Grab, you can just key in Rabbito Café.

Operating Hours:
Tuesdays – Sundays : 12:00pm to 8:00pm
They are closed on Mondays

Contact Details:
+6661632 2365

If you have any questions for us, please feel free to email us at admin@awinsomelife.org and if you have not checked out our travel guide to Hua Hin, you can read more about it here!

Calling all dog lovers and owners, register you and your furry friends for a paw-fect Sunday afternoon at Woof-a-thon 2015! More than just a walk in the park, the first pet walkathon by the Singapore Heart Foundation aims to advocate the cardiovascular benefits associated with walking your dogs.
Studies have shown that pet ownership, particularly a dog, helps to reduce risks of heart diseases, as people with dogs are engaged in more walking and physical activities. Pet ownership also aids in lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels and incidence of obesity. Furthermore, the companionship of a furry friend brings about positive effects on your body’s reaction to stress, including a decrease in heart rate and release of an adrenaline-like hormone.


[Image Credits to Delco Pet Care]

So register now to walk alongside other dog-loving individuals and celebrate the joys that your furry friend has brought to you and your heart. For a SGD$10 registration fee per pet, you and your dog will be able to take part in the 2km ‘Buddy Walk’. The first 100 dogs registered for the ‘Buddy Walk’ will also walk away with a free goodie bag each!

All proceeds raised from Woof-a-thon 2015 will go towards supporting the Singapore Heart Foundation, a non-profit charitable organisation in its battle against heart diseases in Singapore.

If you do not have pets, don’t worry; you can still put on your walking shoes and stride towards a healthier heart.

There will also be an exciting line-up of programmes such as basic health screenings for you and your dog; educational talks, contests, pet photo booth and even a fashionista parade [best dressed with a touch of red].

To participate in Woof-a-thon 2015, register now at www.myheart.org.sg and do hurry because as mentioned, the first 100 dogs registered for the ‘Buddy Walk’ will also walk away with a free goodie bag each! In fact, we have just signed #CottonTheSpitz up for woof-a-thon 2015 and both Jacqueline and I are so looking forward to it!

Nap time is over, so hurry and put your best paws forward.

Woof-a-thon 2015

Date: 12 April 2015 [Sunday]
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Venue: Bishan Park, Grand Lawn 1

Registration Fees: SGD$10/pet

We had a very delightful experience at Lucky Bunny Café during our recent trip to Bangkok, Thailand; and this is a place we highly recommend if you are looking for some awesome homemade Thai food with some lovely and cute bunnies as your companions.

A distance away from the heart of Bangkok, Lucky Bunny Café is located in a residential area and to get there via public transport, you can take the Bangkok Metro to Lat Phrao Station and thereafter, take a taxi straight to Lucky Bunny Café. Alternatively, if you prefer to take a taxi and head straight to Lucky Bunny Café without the hassle of taking the Bangkok Metro, you can do that too but you might encounter heavy traffic congestion along the way. Make sure the taxi driver charge you by the fare meter and not on an agreed sum; else you would be ripped off during the journey.

When you are near the area [assuming you are using Google Maps to track your location, which we did], do look out for directional signs that will lead you to the doorstep of Lucky Bunny Café.

The entrance to Lucky Bunny Café is very well-decorated and though it is set in a home, don’t hesitate to go in and enjoy the warmth hospitality from the owners of Lucky Bunny Café.

Areas of Lucky Bunny Café which guests can access to are the dining room, the bunnies’ room, and the garden.

Lucky Bunny Café Dining Room

Lucky Bunny Café Bunnies’ Room

Lucky Bunny Café Garden

When we were presented with the food menu by the owner of Lucky Bunny Café, both Jacqueline and I were scratching our heads because they were written in Thai. Thankfully, the owner is extremely conversant in English and we placed our food and drinks order with much ease.

You might also want to take comfort in the knowledge that the drinks and desserts menu are in English.

While waiting for our food and drinks order to be ready, we took a quick look at the garden and admired the really cute figurines. There were definitely tons of opportunities for snapshots, even in the dining room!

The Cute Sheep Figurines in the Garden

Foxy Mehmeh Riding the Vintage Scooter in the Dining Room

Presenting to you the food, drinks, and dessert that we ordered at Lucky Bunny Café.

Tom Yum Soup with Chicken

Spicy Minced Pork with Thai Herbs

Thai-Styled Fried Rice

Chocolate Waffles Served with Bananas and Vanilla Ice-Cream

Italian Kiwi Soda & Italian Lemon Soda

Are you ready for some squealing good time?

After a very satisfying meal, we went to the bunnies’ room and we had a lot of fun cuddling the super adorable bunnies. The best part was, some of the bunnies even showed us a trick or two and they were really funny!

We were also very privileged to have the owner of Lucky Bunny Café with us as we learnt a few tips about keeping bunnies, how to maintain the bunnies, and what kind of food to feed the bunnies.

By the way, some of the bunnies at Lucky Bunny Café are for sale and they are top grade premium bunnies [they even have something like a pedigree certificate too]. The bunnies come from a farm that Lucky Bunny Café works with and trust us, the bunnies are really affordable, healthy and well-maintained; yes, way cheaper and even way better than the bunnies from the pet shops we have here in Singapore.

Now, if you really want to explore Bangkok, Thailand and you are looking for a unique place to dine, Lucky Bunny Café is one place you should include in your itinerary the next time you plan your free and easy trip to Bangkok.

Address: Chiang Mai, Thailand 50290
Operating Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays 1030 hours to 2000 hours, Closed on Mondays
Mode of Payment: Cash Only
Contact Number: 6685-1955465 

Enjoy & Have Fun!

Hello Everyone,
just last weekend after Church, Baby and I were at Serangoon NeX to check out some laptop deals at Challenger, Courts, and NewStead, and while doing so, we decided to pay Pet Safari a visit as we wanted to look at the dogs they are selling.

However, instead of looking at dogs, we spent the majority of our time meowing away with the cats that were up for adoption. There were so many people that were also meowing together with us and seriously, the cats and kittens were just so adorable.

Well, whether you’re a fan of cats or not, the following photos will just make you go “awwwww”.

This little kitten here is rather hyperactive and it likes to meow alot. Here’s one of the volunteer from the Cat Welfare Society trying to put on a shirt for the kitten.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Here’s Baby carrying the little kitten that was rather reluctant to have its picture taken.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Cute expressions from the little kitten.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012
From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

It’s extremely difficult to get the little kitten to stand still and look at the camera.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

and when the little kitten does look at the camera, he always give a “what you want” expression.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

This is another little kitten that we found really cute.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

In fact, it likes to climb onto people’s shoulder and it is real gentle.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Well, besides the little kittens, we also saw some big cats too. This cat was really so princess-like and it is extremely clean. It’s also gentle too.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

This Siamese cat was found abandoned and was up for adoption.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Just look at all the adorable cats that were up for adoption.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Here’s some close-up shots of the cats. Look at all those sleepy faces.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

This is a rather sweet photo of the cat resting its head on another cat.

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

I personally like this cat alot but when we were there, it was rather reserved and quiet [maybe it doesn’t feel comfortable in an environment full of people].

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Check out the huge crowd of people at the cat adoption fair!

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012
From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

Here are some of the volunteers from the Cat Welfare Society

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

And this “ang moh” decided to adopt one of the little kittens home. Isn’t that sweet?

From Cat Adoption Fair 2012

So anyways, it was our first time checking out a cat adoption fair and it was definitely a heart-melting experience when we heard stories of how the cats suffered from abuse, abandonment, and a whole lot of other stories that not many people may care about. Hence, this is one of the reasons why I am actually putting up a blog post about this cat adoption fair that took place last Sunday.

How the Cat Welfare Society Came About [extracted from Cat Welfare Society’s website]?

In July 1999, a newspaper in Singapore published a report about 5 kittens being burned alive in a box. Outraged by this and other senseless acts of cruelty towards innocent animals occurring in Singapore everyday, a few friends got together and decided to help other harmless stray cats and kittens.

This was how the Cat Welfare Society began. They felt that having a Society would give them a more effective and stronger voice for the cats who have the right to be represented accurately and humanely, and the right to be free of pain, fear and suffering.

The Cat Welfare Society was officially approved and registered on 23 October 1999. It was registered as a charity in June 2004.

What Cat Welfare Society Does [extracted from Cat Welfare Society’s website]?

“Saving lives through sterilisation”

The only way to help alleviate suffering and to stop so many cats being killed is to go to the root cause of the problem — which is that of too many cats being born. In order to do this, Cat Welfare Society believe firmly in the need to focus on sterilisation.

To put it simply, the fewer cats born, the fewer cats suffer and die.

When Cat Welfare Society first came into operation, records showed that 13,000 community cats were put down every year. This equated to 35 cats killed every single day. The Cat Welfare Society found that this could not be allowed to go on and joined the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in its effort to incentivise and encourage people to sterilise community cats.

The Cat Welfare Society is also active in coordinating the sterilisation efforts of volunteers under the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA)’s sterilisation programme from 1998 to 2004, implemented after its study confirmed the benefits of sterilisation as an effective means of community cat population control.

Sterilisation as a recognised practice continues to this day. As a result, the number of cats being put down has fallen to an average of 10,000 cats per year in the last decade. In 2010, that number was at an all-time low of 5000.

This is a clear indication of the effectiveness of current strategies in stabilising and reducing the stray population. This is especially observable when volunteers, town councils and management committees work together to uphold the integrity of the sterilisation programme in their estates. Through this continued collaboration, the community cat population are brought down even further and as a result, fewer cats are sent to be culled.

“Saving lives through enriching more minds”

The Cat Welfare Society builds on their strength in numbers to cultivate a robust community outreach movement to reach more people with the message of responsibility and tolerance. Many caregivers and volunteers are already part of this grassroots movement to educate their neighbours and fellow residents as well as to help their community resolve issues related to community and pet cats.

The Cat Welfare Society believes that it takes a community to resolve a community issue and only by making a human connection can a culture of peer pressure and encouragement be created that can effectively change mindsets.

Well, if you’re a cat lover and you want to play your part in seeing lesser cats culled, you can either become a member of Cat Welfare Society, volunteer your time as a volunteer, or donate to Cat Welfare Society. In fact, I’m considering one of these few things that I’ve listed to play my part in the community. Will you? To find out more about the Cat Welfare Society and its initiatives, programmes, and upcoming events, do check out their website at http://www.catwelfare.org/

Every living thing [cats, dogs, animals, etc.] deserves a chance to live and not suffer from abuse. So, do your part by showing kindness to animals.

Stay tuned to more updates from us!

God bless!

Hello Everyone,
Recently, I have noticed that many people are coming to my blog for some information about Fighting Fishes [FF] a.k.a Betta Fishes and to some extent, some have even asked me questions about breeding FF. So, if any of you are keen to breed FF, read on to find out more as today’s blog entry is specially dedicated to you.

Now that you have kept your FF for months, what’s next? Well, you might just want to consider breeding them!

You might ask this question, “How do you breed FF?”. First, to breed FF, we will need the following equipment:

1) 1 rectangular glass tank, which is big enough to accommodate two FF
2) A Styrofoam cup that is cut into half symmetrically
3) A small syringe that has a very small opening for sucking up dirt/leftover food
4) An aquarium plant for the FF to hide
5) Heating lamp/Light source
6) Food for baby fry, preferably daphnia a.k.a “ang boon”
7) A clear glass bottle, big enough to house 1 FF

Now that you have everything, let’s get started.

First, you have to introduce the FF to one another. It’s the same thing for humans. [Guys, when you want to go steady with another girl, you got to take it slow and woo the girl so that she will be attracted to you right?] This applies to FF as well. You got to give time for the FF to know one another before you put them both in the same tank. If you put both of them in the same tank without any introduction, the female fighting fish [FFF] would most likely die from attacks by the male fighting fish [MFF]. Though I have heard of breeders who bred their FF without introduction, I generally would not recommend that.

How to introduce your FF to each other?

To begin, put your FFF into the glass bottle and put your MFF into the rectangular glass tank. After that, put the glass bottle into the rectangular glass tank and leave it there for 3-4 weeks [I know its a very long time but a minimum should be 2 weeks]. You would notice that every now and then, the MFF would flare up and try to attack the FFF but its unable to do so as there is a barrier to protect the FFF. Occasionally, you would also observe that your MFF would start to blow up a bubble nest. Do note that while waiting for the weeks to go by, you must still continue to feed both your FF but don’t overfeed till the water turns cloudy! As the water in the tank will evaporate, do add some aged water to top it up.

The MFF in the rectangular glass tank

From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes

The MFF seeking the FFF’s attention

From Betta Fishes

The FFF in the bottle [I used plastic bottle instead of glass]

From Betta Fishes

After the introductory stage is over, it is time to put the FFF into the rectangular tank with the MFF. However, before doing that, place an aquarium plant in the rectangular tank so that the FFF can use it to hide and place the half Styrofoam cup at an extreme corner of the rectangular glass tank so that the MFF can blow a bubble nest underneath it. [you might want to tape to the side of the tank to prevent it from floating around]

Occasionally, you would see that the MFF seem to attack the FFF but just leave them alone as the MFF is probably trying to wrap himself over the FFF.

Be prepared for this [damaged fins] if you intend to breed your FF but don’t worry, the fins can grow back again.

From Betta Fishes

During this period of time when both the FF are in the same tank, do keep a lookout to see if any eggs have been laid. This usually happens a few days after getting both the FF in the same tank. Once you see that the eggs have been laid, the next most important step is to carefully remove the FFF from the rectangular tank and put it in another tank for it to recuperate from its injuries. When removing the FFF, you must be extremely careful not to touch the bubble nest that contains the eggs laid by the FFF because if not, the MFF would eat up the eggs. [similar concept as breeding hamsters. The mother hamster would eat up the young hamsters if anyone were to touch the young hamsters]

So now that you have the MFF inside the rectangular tank alone with the eggs, just let the MFF do its job as a father. Please do not feed the MFF as it will pollute the water and cause it to be cloudy. Here, you will observe that the MFF will pick up the fallen eggs in its mouth and then spit it out into the bubble nest. However, you might at times see the MFF eat up the eggs so don’t be alarmed because the egg that it eats is probably not fertilised.

It might be very hard to spot the eggs in the bubble nest but it should look like this

From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes

My 1st attempt at breeding FF without using an aquarium plant and Styrofoam cup. Failed attempt indeed. In this picture, you can see alot of eggs cluttered together and some have even turned mouldy. Eggs that are clumped up together and have turned mouldy are most likely not going to hatch. Hence, do remove them if you see it so as to prevent unwanted water pollution.

From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes

When the eggs have hatched, you would see something like a tail sticking out below the eggs. Give it some time and you will see that the egg would soon turn into a baby fry as shown.

From Betta Fishes

My 2nd attempt at breeding FF and it was a success. So, as you can see, I have put the MFF together with the baby fries and you could see that they are much bigger. Don’t be disheartened if you see that your baby fries are growing slowly because growing up is a really slow process.

From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes
From Betta Fishes

So to aid your baby fries to grow faster and stronger, you got to feed them with food that is high in nutritional value. Do note that you don’t have to feed your baby fries for a few days after they have hatched because if you do, then it would pollute the water. I have tried to feed various items like grounded brine shrimps and the liquifry solution but nothing works better than daphnia a.k.a “ang boon”. Hence, I would strongly suggest that you feed live daphnia to your baby fries. The pro of feeding live daphnia is that your baby fries will be very attracted to eat them and they can in turn grow faster but the con is that your baby fries might get too used to eating live food that they reject eating dried food when they grow older. Oh, and because your MFF has been taking care of the baby fries for such a long time, feeding daphnia to him is also an energy booster.

Finally, when you see that the MFF starts to chase your baby fries, that is the time you start to take out the MFF and let your baby fries be independent on their own. As the days go by, you would also notice that some baby fries would die and that is a natural process because only the strong healthy ones will survive so don’t be disheartened.

From Betta Fishes

This is how daphnia looks like.

From Betta Fishes

After all these hardwork in trying to breed the FF, it would then be time to jar up your baby fries into different containers if you see any of them attacking each other. However, do this slowly as any instant extreme change in environment might cause your baby fries to be overly stressed.

Congratulation, you have just learnt how to breed your very own FF! Should you have any questions, do feel free to drop me an email at admin@awinsomelife.org or just leave a comment here on this blog post.

Stay tuned for more updates from us!

God Bless!

Hello Everyone,
thanks to the organisers from OMY.SG and the Far East Organisation, I was really honoured to have been invited and chosen as one of the fifteen bloggers who participated in the GreenwichV Experience last Saturday!

So, prior to the commencement of the event, my team [the Urban team] decided to do a site recee and take a stroll there. And within 30 minutes, we practically combed through the entire place and were ready to rock the place.

Our starting point was the Empire State Restaurant and there, we were briefed by our game master a.k.a facilitator, Janet, on the rules of the game and following which, we were treated to a really extremely gigantic beef burger served with fries by the side. The name of this dish is known as the Empire State Burger Trust me, even though there were 5 of us in the team, we couldn’t even finish 3/4 of the entire dish. And well, after the burger came the Empire State Pizza and last but not the least, the Meatball Spaghetti! By the time the last dish came, we wondered if we would still have the stomach for the rest of the F&B Outlets that were part of our race.

The Empire State Burger

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

The Empire State Pizza

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Meatball Spaghetti

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Our Second Stop- Chinta Manis [English translation would be Sweet Love]

Well, the Kuehs and Pastries here are just fabulous. In fact, we tried their Ondeh Ondeh and their Chocolate Hazelnut Cake and it was heavenly! The ingredients used were extremely fresh and the sweets were just balanced in taste. [not too sweet and not too plain]. If you are looking for some traditional handmade Nonya Kuehs for your party and events, this is the place to get them!

Our Third Stop- Hockhua Tonic

We were being tasked to find out the price of their most expensive and hot-selling birds’ nest here and had to also know which particular brands they were. It was to my surprise that after this particular visit, I realised that birds’ nest were not that expensive after all. A lesson learnt for me. Perhaps maybe I could get this as a gift for my mum during Mother’s Day! =P

Our Fourth Stop- Mai Thai Restaurant

Mai Thai Restaurant only has 3 outlets in Singapore, with GreenwichV being its latest. I particular like the ambience of the restaurant because it is quite chic, contemporary, and yet also has a traditional element to it. Here, we were served beverages, Tom Yum Soup, Prawn Cakes, Beef Stew, and Stir-Fried Basil Chicken. For myself, I had Lime Juice as my beverage while the ladies had Thai Iced Tea. Their Tom Yum Soup and Prawn Cakes were my favourite and if you are going to drop by, do give it a try as it is really worth it.

The Menu Cover

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Lime Juice

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Thai Ice-Tea

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Piping Hot Tom Yum Soup

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Thai Prawn Cakes! Absolutely must try!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Our Fifth Stop- Paradise Inn

Gosh, its another food outlet again and this time, we were served Fried Rice, Fried Prawns Coated with Salted Egg, Sweet and Sour Pork, and Stir-Fried Vegetables. Here, I personally like the Fried Prawns Coated with Salted Egg because this dish is not only unique but it is also flavourful and fried till perfection. The prawns were very fresh and it was just awesome. Not just food alone, I also like the restaurants interior decoration because of its traditional features.

The Nice Interior Decorations and Ambience of the Restaurant

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Fried Prawns Coated with Salted Egg. Must try!*

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Our Sixth Stop- Berrylite

Yet, another food stop! Hahas. We were all trying to stomach in all the delicious food that were served to us thus far but well, at least this was something really lite for our stomachs! I particularly like the store’s bright decorations and contemporary interior design. The service staff were extremely friendly and we were presented with various flavours of yoghurt and smoothies to try. For those of you who really know me, I don’t like yoghurt and I have never ever in my 24 years of living on planet earth, gulped down even a cup of yoghurt! But Berrylite was an exception for me. Here’s why, I was sampling their Red Velvet Yoghurt and seriously, it did not even tasted like yoghurt to me at all. In fact, it tasted like those MacDonald’s soft-serve ice-cream [not an insult here] and all I felt was as if I was eating a “Chocolate flavoured Ice-Cream”! So yes, tasted like ice-cream but minus all the extra calories! From now on, I will consider eating yoghurts from Berrylite and I don’t have a phobia for yoghurts anymore thanks to Berrylite! =D

The Nice Cafe Ambience!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Yeah! Feel free to indulge guilt-free because its 100% FAT FREE!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Toppings available to top your yoghurt with!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Red Velvet Yoghurt! My favourite yoghurt from now on!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Our Seventh Stop- VideoEzy

Do you know that VideoEzy was founded in Australia? Well, I didn’t knew that because all along, I thought that VideoEzy was a local enterprise. We always learn something new everyday don’t we? Here, we were tasked to find out what are the various rental price plans and what the prices are. Simple task indeed and well, here you see me trying to be Tintin!

Our Eighth Stop- Toastbox

Here, we were served a Peanut Butter Thick Toast and A Bowl of Chicken Curry! Honestly, I have been patronising ToastBox many times and I always am intrigued by their “mountain-shaped butter”. Not just that, I particular enjoy their thick toasts which are always made to perfection. In fact, I very much enjoy their breakfast sets as they have more varieties of food than Ya Kun.

Our Ninth Stop- Cedele

This was my virgin experience to Cedele and I was absolutely blown away by its concept! Healthy food, healthy living indeed. We were served with two beverages, one a yoghurt-like drink and the second, an ABC fruit juice. We were also treated to their Red Velvet Cake and also a plate of Steamed Fish served with Greens by the Side, and a plate of Mini Beef Burgers! We had a rather beefy affair the whole day indeed. =D So yes, I particular like their food because they were all made with natural/organic ingredients, prepared with healthy cooking methods where there’s no preservatives used! Oh, and Cedele’s most popular cake is their carrot cake! If you are looking for something healthy, try Cedele because I will soon find myself visiting Cedele more frequent than ever before.

Ambience of Cedele

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

The Two Most Healthy Beverage I Ever Had!

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Our Tenth Stop- Rosabelle Launderette

From its name, you can most probably guess that Rosabelle Laundrette is in the laundry business. Here, we were tasked to find out the costs of sending a suit and an evening gown for laundry cleaning services and well, it was an easy task indeed. What was extra special about this particular laundry shop is that it has laundry services for those expensive and posh handbags, like your typical Gucci, LV, Prada and etc.! I haven’t heard of anything like it but well, if you ever asked yourself where you can get your expensive handbags to be sent for cleaning, you might just want to check out this place.

Our Final Stop- Phoenix Medical Group

Here, one of us from the team is to try their facial wash product and yes, yours truly here was handpicked/arrowed to try out their facial wash product. It was my virgin experience doing a facial in a commercial setting by the way but after the experience, I can’t wait to try it again! After the facial wash, my face was extremely smooth and Baby can vouch for that. My face felt so clean that I can’t helped but to keep touching my face. Well, Phoenix Medical Group not just provides facial products but they do also provide other aesthetic products and you might just want to check them out. They also have health screening services available and personally, I felt that the price was pretty reasonable.

So after the long day of eating and walking and walking and eating, we finally headed back to our meeting point to upload all the photographs that we took for the day. And well, for the entire race, my team came in 3rd placing and we walked away with $100 GreenwichV Vouchers where we could use it at any of the shops at GreenwichV. If you’re staying around Yio Chu Kang/Seletar, be sure to check out this new food haven where you can expect to find lots of interesting eateries. Not only that, on the 18th and 19th of February which is this Saturday and Sunday, GreenwichV is also organising a weekend carnival where you can experience the wonderful and exciting treats they have installed for you. Oh yes, Baby particular like the Cold Stone Cream Ice-Cream giveaway! [yes it’s free!]

And one last thing before I end off this entry, if you enjoyed my team’s blog entry, do give us your vote and vote us as your favourite team! You might be asking me why you should vote right? Well, you should vote because 6 lucky voters will walk away with a $50 GreenwichV Shopping Voucher! To vote for us, simply check out http://blog.omy.sg/greenwich-v/vote-win/ and cast your votes! Voting begins from 16th March 2012!

Some Photos Taken Around Greenwich V!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Some of the Stalls Selling their Handicrafts at the Carnival!

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From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Just in case you’re driving and wondering how much it is to park there.

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And yes, you might get the chance to see Whisky, a really adorable dog of the owner of My Pets Culture, a dedicated pets saloon shop!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

So head down to GreenwichV this weekend to find out more!

From The GreenwichV Experience 2012
From The GreenwichV Experience 2012

Stay tuned for more updates from us!

God Bless!

Hello Everyone,
I have received tons of emails with questions relating to the breeding of Triops and in this blog entry, I shall attempt to address some of the frequently asked questions.

If you have noticed, I haven’t put up any updates with regards to my Triops and that’s because my entire Triops have been wiped out by ammonia and harmful bacteria. Would I purchase another Triops kit again? Probably not, unless someone wants me to conduct an educational lesson on the breeding of Triops.

For now, here are some of the frequently asked questions about breeding Triops.

Question 1.

Will Triops be able to lay eggs?

Answer: yes, Triops are able to lay eggs and multiply given the right condition.

Question 2.

What kind of condition is suitable for Triops to breed and lay eggs in?

Answer: your tank set-up must have sand for it to dig into and lay eggs and the water used must be normal water free from any chlorine or other chemicals.

Question 3.

What kind of sand should I use and can I use bottled mineral water purchased from the various supermarkets and mini-marts?

Answer: you can use beach sand or sand purchased from the aquarium shop. Do not use decorative coloured sands as they contain chemicals which will be harmful for your Triops. Also, avoid using playground sand as they may contain harmful bacteria and cause a plague in your Triops tank. Yes, you can use bottled mineral water purchased from the supermarkets.

Question 4.

What should I feed my Triops?

Answer: should you run out of Triops food which comes with the experimental kit, you can actually purchase dried brine shrimp and grind it into power form to feed your Triops.

Question 5.

Should I introduce live food to my Triops?

Answer: you can choose to feed your Triops live food although it is generally not recommended as it will pollute your tank and cause a buildup of ammonia in the Triops tank.

Question 6.

How long can Triops live up to?

Answer: well, they can live up to a few weeks depending on how you take care of them. My longest living Triops was 3 weeks!

So the above are common questions that people have emailed me about and I hope that those of you who are intending to breed Triops would find it useful. Till then, there will not be any more updates about Triops unless someone wants me to document the process of breeding Triops! Cheers~!

Hello Everyone,
for those of you who have been keeping track of my blog entries on Triops, I have some really bad news to share.

Of the six Triops that hatched, I now only have one Triops left. 5 of them died and it was pretty saddening. From this experience, I learnt the following:

1) The more Triops you have, the bigger a tank you ought to have.

2) More Triops equals to more waste. In my case, the buildup of ammonia was so great that it wiped out most of my Triops.

3) Never try feeding live food to your Triops. I tried to experiment with the 2nd generation of Triops by feeding them live Daphnia. Although feeding the Triops with Daphnia made them grow pretty fast, the water condition was also getting quite intoxicated with the buildup of ammonia and Bacteria;  both of which are lethal to the Triops.

4) When the water gets really cloudy, you ought to do a 75-80% water change. 

*For now, I am just going to cross my fingers and pray that the one and only Triops I have left is a female so that she would be able to lay eggs and hatch a 3rd generation of Triops. I have seen it digging the sand recently so hopefully it will be good news.

Stay tuned for further updates on my Triops!

The One and Only Triops I have Left =(

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Hello Everyone,
I have been keeping Betta splendens. (also more commonly known at Siamese Fighting Fishes) since June 2011 and I would like to share with you my experiences. In this blog entry, I will introduce you to this exotic-looking fish and how you can start keeping them as a pet.

Why Keep Fighting Fish?

If your parents or spouse dislike you keeping big pets like dogs or cats or even keeping furry pets like hamsters, then having fighting fishes as pets might be an excellent idea afterall. Fighting fish is easy to maintain and does not cost much. They are pretty hardy and can live for very long (around 2-5 years). Not only that, they can really entertain you for ages. The downside to keeping fighting fish is probably the fact that they are very aggressive, hence, there are not many compatible tank-mates if you wish to have a wide variety of aquarium pets in one tank.

What Are the More Common Types of Siamese Fighting Fishes Based On Their Tail Shapes?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Long Can Siamese Fighting Fishes Live?

If properly kept and fed a correct diet, they can live approximately 2-5 years in captivity.

Where Can You Get Siamese Fighting Fish?

If you are starting out and would like to keep fighting fish as a hobby or pet, you can get a normal one which usually costs less than $5 at most aquarium pet stores.

  • There are many pet stores in Serangoon North and they have fighting fish that costs $1 to $3. “Better” ones are about $5.
  • There are also other premium pet stores such as those situated in upscale shopping centres like Plaza Singapura, The Central @ Clarke Quay, and etc, and they sell fighting fishes that cost around $15-$30.

However, if you are planning to breed fighting fish and go for show competitions, you might want to consider getting quality fighting fish from reputable breeders. One of the very reputable local breeders I know of is Kelson. He has a wealth of experience in breeding fighting fish and he has a store situated at Roxy Square. The fighting fish he has are top grade and some of them don’t come cheap. To find out more, you can visit his website <– here

What to Look Out for When Buying Fighting Fish?

  • While selecting a betta fish, look for one that shows energy and has its fins unharmed.
  • A healthy betta fish will show awareness during feeding times.
  • With sufficient space, betta fish will swim around energetically, flaring their gills and showing off their fin display in order to be a focus for mates.
  • An unhealthy fish will not swim around a lot and will not show awareness in food. The state of its fins may also get worse.
  • Do not purchase a fish that appears to be less healthy, even if all of the fish in the store that day appear lethargic and unwell.

What Do You Need to Keep Fighting Fish?

  • An aquarium or bowl (don’t really have to be a big one)
  • Water conditioner (anti-chlorine chemical to remove chlorine chemical in tap water)
  • A fish net (to scoop up your fighting fish when doing water change, I will generally recommend a Betta Scoop as it does not damage the fins of fighting fish)
  • A small plant (for your fighting fish to have some privacy but do select one where the edges are not sharp)
Some people do add some gravel stones or decorating stones to enhance the appearance of the tank. Generally, that is not recommended as it may tear the fins of your fighting fish. Also, tt is recommended to avoid metal decorations. Since metal reacts with water, it can pose serious threat to the health of your fighter fish.

What Do You Feed the Fighting Fish?

You can feed the fighting fish a variety of food and they are classified mainly into two categories. Live food and Non-Live Food.

Live food can be bloodworms, daphnia (also known as Ang Boon in Hokkien), or baby brine shrimps. However, live food are really expensive and are not able to last more than a few days. The worst thing about feeding live food to fighting fish is that diseases can be easily spread and once the fighting fish has gotten used to eating live food, they might reject non-live food.

Non-live food are food pellets that are made from brine shrimp meat or white fish meat. There are many brands out there but the one I strongly would recommend is the Atison’s Betta Pro which you can purchase from Petsmart at Serangoon North. The Atison’s Betta Pro can be considered the best food available in the market for fighting fishes.

My Fighting Fishes

My Yellow Black Plakad (Male)

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My Red HalfMoon (Male)

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My Red Halfmoon (Female)

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My Red Crowntail Which Unfortunately Died After Mating

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If I have garnered enough interests from you readers about these beautiful exotic fighting fishes, my future blog entries would include topics such as Breeding Fighting Fishes, Common Diseases for Fighting Fish and How to Tackle Them, Best Practices and Tips from Local Breeders.

Should you have any queries about keeping fighting fish, please do not hesitate to drop me an email or an sms.

ps. I have just bred some baby fries and there are about 20 of them which I intend to give away if you’re interested. These are bred from both my red halfmoons (pictures as above) and they were bought from Kelson, so you can be assured that its of a high quality breed. Let me know if you’re interested to keep them as a pet.

Also, if you are interested to breed fighting fish, check out my blog post about breeding fighting fishes.

 

Hello Everyone,
here is an update as to how my Triops are doing.

Just some background information, the 1st generation of Triops that I had was the one and only one I had. When it died, I didn’t know that it had laid eggs until I looked really closely at the water. From just 1 Triops (from the initial kit I bought from Pet Lover’s Centre), I now have 6 2nd Generation Triops. In case you are wondering how they are doing now, here are some photos and a video.

Pictures of My Triops: Day 7 Since They Hatched

2nd Generation of Triops

2nd Generation of Triops

A Short Video of My Triops

 

Some Additional Information That You Might Be Interested To Know About

  • I sometimes feed my Triops with Daphnia. Most of the time, I feed them with Brine Shrimp Pellets (similar to what I feed my Betta Fishes with)
  • When the water level of the tank is less than half, I would top it up with tap water (anti-chlorine chemical added)
  • Do not top up too much water or change the water entirely as Triops might not be able to adjust to the sudden drop in water temperature.
If you have any questions regarding the breeding of Triops or any other enquiries, please feel free to drop me an email at melvin.ocs@gmail.com
Cheers!