Lime Restaurant gets all fired up with a new outdoor meat and seafood grill from 5 to 21 October 2018

Grill gourmands will soon be able to savour the distinct flavours of char-grilled meats and seafood, cooked on an outdoor grill, from the comfort of the air-conditioned, stylish interiors of Lime restaurant.

Thrill of the Grill makes its debut at PARKROYAL on Pickering’s award-winning restaurant for three weeks from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 October, as Lime’s newly appointed Executive Chef Yap Wai Lunn continues to make his mark on the Chinatown icon.

Menu highlights from the smokin’ hot Thrill of the Grill menu include Lamb Shish Kebabs, Wagyu Beef Cubes, Pork Belly Char Siew and Chicken Tandoori. For those seeking to satisfy that fresh seafood craving, there’s also Seabass in Spicy Yellow Sauce, Sambal Marinated Squid, Oyster Kicap Manis and Clams with Kam Heong sauce.

All dishes are cooked to smoky perfection over authentic charcoal grills at the wooden-decked barbeque station, enabling alfresco dining enthusiasts to venture outside and watch the chefs in action. If you need to take a break from the grill, the interactive kitchens inside Lime will also feature a line-up of International specialities and local favourites such as  Mushroom Risotto, Potato Rosti  Laksa Noodles, Chilli Crab Pasta, and Kueh Pie Tee.

‘Thrill of the Grill’ is available daily from 5th to 21st October 2018, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm
SGD88++ per adult inclusive of free flow coffee and tea
SGD44++ per child between 4 and 12 years old

Enjoy 10% savings when you dine with four paying adults or more, valid from 
Monday to Thursday only
For dining reservations and enquiries, please connect with us at +65 6809 8899 or email*Prices quoted are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge and 7% goods and services tax.

Lime Operating Hours:

06:30 – 00:00 from Sunday to Thursday

06:30 – 02:00 on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Contact Details:

Tel: +65 6809 8899  |  Email:
Address: PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289


Received some pretty hot news this morning and yes… if you don’t know yet… here it is!

Surf up this Fish Season with McDonald’s new offerings, including the brand-new Fish & Fries and Sweet Chili Fish burger which will get you hooked from the first bite!

Fish & Fries

From 1 March 2018, dive in and enjoy the crunch of the new Fish & Fries – featuring the timeless combination of crispy battered tender fish filet, paired with our world-famous fries, for a crunchin’ good time. The Fish & Fries Extra Value Meal which includes the Fish & Fries, Fries (Small) and a Coke (Small) is available from $7.90.

Sweet Chili Fish Burger

The maritime odyssey gets more depth with the Sweet Chili Fish Burger – featuring the same tender and juicy fish filet, this time with a wave of flavours – sweet chilli mayo and fresh vegetables, served on a tasty chilli bun. The Sweet Chili Fish Burger Extra Value Meal includes the Sweet Chili Fish Burger, Fries (Medium) and a Coke (Small), available from $7.50. Go with the flow and catch it before it’s too late!

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate lovers can rejoice as the delicious Chocolate Pie (available from $1.40) has reached the shores of Singapore. Indulge in the chocolatey crust and molten chocolate filling!

All items are available after breakfast hours in all restaurants and via McDelivery® and Uber Eats from 1 March 2018, while stocks last.

McDonald’s anyone?

If you’re looking to celebrate this coming Valentine’s Day 2018 in style, look no further and start making your plans as seats are extremely limited at some of the most exclusive and luxurious dining venues.

In this post, we are going to share with you two highly-recommended dining venues that we believe will offer you and your other half a memorable and romantic dining experience,

Recommendation #1: Sofitel Singapore City Centre @ Tanjong Pagar

When it comes to crafting the finest gourmet experiences and affinity for epic romance, nothing and no one beats the French. This Valentine’s Day, Sofitel Singapore City Centre’s Executive Chef Jean-Charles Dubois and his culinary brigades will play cupid to all lovebirds in Singapore as they tailor-made two unforgettable and mesmerising dining experiences for every couple seeking an exclusive, sophisticated and effortless romantic gourmet getaway right in the heart of the city.

The best part of spending Valentine’s Day dinner at Sofitel Singapore City Centre?

One very lucky couple will walk away with a 2-Nights Romantic Escapade to Sofitel Bali inclusive of flights.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Offer #1
Valentine’s Day “Dinner Under The Stars” at The Poolside (Level 6)

Super Limited to 6 couples only (First Come, First Served Booking Required) @ $588++ per couple on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 from 7.00 pm -9.30 pm

Six lucky couples may choose to book a table for a super romantic and very exclusive Valentine’s Day “Dinner Under the Stars” ($588++ per couple) at the hotel’s inspiring poolside overlooking a canopy of towering skyscrapers and an inspiring Singapore Harbour.

This amazing dinner comes complete with a limousine pick up, a premium menu crafted by the hotel’s creative culinary team, champagne sabrage and flowers/box of chocolates for the ladies.


● Limousine Pick-Up

● Premium Valentine’s Day Menu with Gourmet food and beverage selection.

● Each table will be set under the stars in a cabana.

● Live Oyster and Seafood bar

● One bottle of Duval Leroy Rose Champagne (sabered tableside)

● Guitarist to serenade each couple

● A bouquet of roses for the lady and a box of chocolates as farewell gift

● Each couple qualifies for Lucky draw to win a 2 Nights stay at Sofitel Bali with Flight

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Offer #2
“Hearts Entwined” 4- Course Valentine’s Day Dinner at Racines
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 from 7:00 pm -9.30 pm

Racines meanwhile welcome all couples young and old with open arms by handcrafting a sumptuous 4-Course Set Menu at $178++ per couple (food only) or $198++ per couple with 2 glasses of Duval Leroy Champagne Brut.


● Each couple qualifies for Lucky draw to win a 2 Nights stay at Sofitel Bali with Flight

● A stalk of rose for the lady and a box of chocolates as farewell gift


Couples will eat to their hearts desires as Racines presents an enthralling menu comprising

St Jacques – Hokkaido Scallop Royale, Pike Caviar, Kale Salad

Bisque D’Homard Et Uni – Dubois Lobster Bisque, Uni Espuma, Sweet Onion Marmalade, Ikura

Cabillaud – Pan Roasted Atlantic Cod, Truffles Ratte Potato Emulsion, Sauteed Asparagus
Boeuf – Chargrilled Angus Beef Fillet, Morel Fricassee, Caramelised Heirloom Carrots, Bordelaise Sauce
Poulet – Slow-roasted Cornfed French Chicken, Trumpet Mushroom Stuffing, Grenaille Potato Confit, Truffle Jus

Pre Dessert
Pomme et Yuzu – Granny Smith and Yuzu Sorbet

Rhubarb Tart, Fraisier and Vanilla Parfait, Strawberry Candy

For enquiries, bookings and reservations at Racines, you can contact or call +65 6428 5000.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
9 Wallich Street, (Enter via Peck Seah Street)
Singapore 078885

#2 Recommendation: Artemis @ Level 40

Couples looking for something extra special can dine at Artemis, Singapore’s stunning Mediterranean-inspired rooftop restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Fernando Arevalo. Offering a one-night-only special four-course set menu at just $148++ per person, Artemis’ breathtaking views of the Marina Bay set the perfect backdrop for one’s declaration of love.

Apart from the beautiful menu already crafted by Artemis, new dishes have been added for this special occasion and it will only be available on the 15th of February. These dishes include the Beetroot Tortellini (Feta, Ricotta, Asparagus, Broccolini, Carrot Purée), Black Cod (Rhubarb, Spring Onion Salad, Beurre Blanc – +$10), Milk-Fed Veal Loin (Pedro Ximinex Cherries, Chipolinni Onions, Salsify Purée – +$10), and the Strawberry Shortcake (Yoghurt Ice Cream, White Chocolate, Macadamia Nuts).

For more information and/or reservations, you can call +65 66358677 or email them at

Level 40
138 Market Street
Singapore 048946

 Image Credit: Floral Garage Singapore
Image Credit: Floral Garage Singapore

To make the occasion even more romantic for your other half, do check out Floral Garage Singapore (Singapore’s Favourite Florist) for some delightful hand bouquets that will complement the ambience and setting! 

Singaporeans’ love for Japanese food is pretty evident and it doesn’t come as a surprise because we often see long queue lines forming outside Singapore’s top Japanese restaurants. Recently, we stumbled upon IZA, a newly-opened Izakaya Bar in the charming Siglap neighbourhood and we totally fell in love with it.

Open daily from 6 pm till 1 am, IZA offers a casual and unpretentious Japanese-styled bar and restaurant that serves affordable kushiyaki fare and drinks amidst a homey but yet modern ambience.

Designed with plenty of group seating that is perfect for families and communal dining, you can let your hair down, bond and celebrate the day over drinks and an amazingly wallet-friendly food menu.

When we were there, we tried 3 of their new and innovative creations that happen to be the crowd favourites and we were told that they sell out pretty quickly each night. 

Four-Ton Chawanmushi $4.50***

The only one-of-its-kind in Singapore, the Four-Ton Chawanmushi integrates a blend of century egg, salted egg, quail egg and the traditional chicken egg into an indulgent, steamed four-egg delight.

Fresh Whole Seabass with Home-made Chilli $28***

We definitely enjoyed this one. Oven-baked fresh whole Seabass perfectly complemented with home-made Chilli. This dish has the Sambal Chilli Stringray kind of ‘feel’ that we usually get from East Coast Lagoon Food Village.

Otah Tamago $6.90

Otah Tamago which combines Japanese-rolled omelette with fragrant Otah from Muar. The Otah has certainly overpowered the Tamago. We wonder if IZA is up for an even more quirky kind of local creation like Chicken Rice Tamago?

We also had other delectable dishes such as:

Table Treats

  • Grilled Oysters, 3 Pieces ($12)***
  • Grilled Avocado ($5.00)
  • Grilled Pineapple ($2.00)***
  • Stuffed Taupok Special, 1 Piece ($3.00)
  • Deep Fried Chicken Soft-Bone ($6.00)


  • Fresh Prawns ($3.50)***
  • Hand-made Chicken & Pork Meatball ($3.50)***
  • Chicken Mid-Joint ($1.90)***
  • Bacon Wrapped Lychee ($2.80)***
  • Lady’s Finger ($1.90)***


  • Hae Bee Hiam Spaghetti ($11.90)***

***must-try dishes!

We probably don’t have to tell you how good the food is because it is seriously damn good. You just got to try it for yourself to believe.

What We LOVE About IZA

Wallet-Friendly Food & Beverage Menu

For the fresh and tasty food that patrons are getting, the prices are seriously very affordable and furthermore, there’s no service charge unlike most other dining establishments in Singapore. This thus makes IZA an ideal dining place for couples who are on a budget.

Wide Selection of Alcoholic Beverages Including Japanese Craft Beers & Sakes

There’s a wide selection of alcoholic beverages that IZA serves and they include Japanese Craft Beers like Coedo Beniaka (best paired with meat) and Coedo Shiro (best paired with seafood and vegetables). For Sake, IZA serves the Tengumai Junmai Daiginjo and Fudoh Special Junmai.

Warm and Welcoming Service Staff & Ambience

The service staff were really attentive and responsive to our needs. Needless to say, it was such a pleasant dining experience that we will definitely be back for more. The best part of the dining experience? You won’t leave smelling like a grill after dining at IZA!

695 East Coast Road
Singapore 459059

Opens daily from 6 pm to 1 am


For those who are new to the Japanese food culture, here are some definitions of commonly-used Japanese food terms:

Izakaya: a type of informal Japanese gastropub where a variety of dishes and snacks are served to accompany alcoholic drinks.

Chawanmushi: egg custard dish

Kushiyaki: grilled meat or vegetables on a skewer

Kushiage: fried meat or vegetables on a skewer

Sake: Japanese rice wine

Yakitori: grilled skewered chicken

Yakiton: grilled skewered pork

This Christmas and New Year, go merry feasting with Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay at The Square Restaurant!

Presenting a sumptuous buffet spread with a selection of international and local specialities carefully crafted by the Hotel’s Chef De Cuisine, Chef Kishen Ramachanran and his culinary team; be spoilt for choice with an irresistible buffet variety of festive delicacies such as the Salt Crusted Baked Whole Barramundi, Roasted Beef Strip Loin with Grain Mustard Sauce, Roasted Lamb Leg Pepper Crust with Rosemary Sauce, Roasted Honey Glazed Ham with Pineapple & Orange Herb Sauce, and more.

Roasted specialities at the carving station feature Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy & Cranberry Sauce, Baked Gammon Ham with Clove and Apple Compote, Baked Black Angus Sirloin in Mustard Sauce.

Novotel Clarke Quay Festive Christmas Buffet 2017

A variety of seafood on ice including Baby Lobsters, Fresh Oysters and Alaskan King Crabs with an assortment of Terrine Platter including Salmon Terrine with Apricot, Smoked Halibut Rillettes, Parma Ham with Rock Melon and more will be served.

End on a sweet note with festive desserts prepared by our Pastry Chef Siak, including Red Velvet cakes, Festive Cupcake Tower, Mini Assorted Macaroons, Panettone and the traditional Merry Festive Log Cake.

Novotel Clarke Quay Festive Christmas Buffet 2017

Buffet Lunch (Mon – Fri)
From $38++ per adult

Weekend Buffet Lunch (Sat & Sun)
From $48++ per adult

Buffet Dinner (Daily)
From $62++ per adult

Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner, Christmas Day Brunch & New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner with Unlimited House Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Buffet Dinner (24th & 31st December 2017)
6.00pm – 10.30 pm
Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Brunch (25th December 2017)
11.45am – 1.15pm | 1.45pm – 3.15pm
Adult $85++ | Child (5-12 years old) $40++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $70++

Christmas Day Dinner (25th December 2017)
6.00pm – 10.30pm
Adult $62++ | Child (5-12 years old) $31++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $52++

New Year’s Day Lunch (1st January 2018)
12.00pm – 2.30pm
Adult $48++ | Child (5-12 years old) $24++ | Senior Citizen (above 55 years old) $32++

* Prices are subject to 10% service charge and thereafter 7% Goods & Services Tax. Reservations made are non-refundable and are subject to availability on a first-come-first serve basis. Prices are not applicable in conjunction with other promotions. Menus will be on rotation and buffet items may be subject to change.

For reservations and more details, you can contact The Square Restaurant at 6433 8790 or visit:

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It was our first time to Cake Avenue and as its name rightly suggests; it is da place for wonderfully crafted cakes that not only look pretty but also Instagram worthy as well. Born out of the passion to excite customers with beautiful and playful cakes, owners Natalie and Chuan Sheng Wong have come a long way since setting up their first humble outlet in 2000.

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

From making birthday cakes designed to look like Bak Chor Mee to anniversary cakes that looked like branded handbags, Cake Avenue makes the impossible possible with their latest all-new dessert menu (created by Cake Avenue’s Head Pastry Chef E.T. Yew) that is designed to mimic the look and feel of classic savoury diner foods such as hamburgers, corndogs, nachos and alphabet soup.

My Personal Opinion of the All-new Dessert Menu by Cake Avenue’s Head Pastry Chef E.T. Yew

Honestly, I have a sweet tooth and I never fail to leave some stomach space for desserts. After what seems like endless servings of desserts, I literally died a happy man with an overdose of sugar in my bloodstream. Out of the 6 dessert items served, my favourite is the Nachos Dulces (SGD$12.90) and it is basically a tex-mex nachos lookalike dish that includes crispy flatbread ‘nachos’ packed with toppings such as chocolate mousse ‘refried beans’, strawberry compote ‘salsa’, julienned peach ‘cheese’, and pistachio ice cream ‘guacamole’. Sure, the Nachos Dulces might seem a little like rojak but I really like the fruity, nutty, and crunchy combination!

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

If quirky is your middle name, you should try the Diner Slider and Fries (SGD$15.90). I swear it is the most mind-boggling dessert that I ever had. Featuring two slider-sized burgers, each comprising of a dark chocolate ice cream burger patty sandwiched between vanilla butter cake buns; the dish is served with a side of warm fries made up of vanilla cake. To top it off, the citrusy passionfruit puree ‘mustard’ and tangy raspberry puree ‘ketchup’ made the whole setup look completely like legit burgers and fries.

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

As for the other desserts that I had, I shall keep mum and leave it a surprise for you to find out how they taste like. After all, with ample dining space and a cosy ambience, Cake Avenue gives you the best opportunity for you to jio all your friends down for some adventurous get-together.

Should you be planning a Christmas party at home or the office, you too can usher in the festive cheer with Cake Avenue’s takeaway options. Prices for the Christmas Set Menus range from SGD$67 to SGD$172 and ala-carte selections are available as well.

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

Whether it is a sweet dessert like the log cake or a savoury dish like the chicken lasagna, there are plenty of choices to choose from and Cake Avenue’s halal-certified too. 

Cake Avenue New Dessert Menu 2017//

Do note that a minimum of 3 days advance notice is required for all takeaway bookings so I highly recommend that you start planning early.

For more information, visit Cake Avenue’s Facebook Page and Website.

Cake Avenue

33 Lorong Kilat, #01-01/02, Kilat Centre, Singapore 598132

Nearest Train Station: Beauty World MRT Station (Downtown Line)

Operating Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8.30pm
Closed on Mondays


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Valentine’s Day is round the corner and if you are thinking about where to bring your partner for a nice dinner, why not consider Japanese-French fusion restaurant, Lewin Terrace?
This Valentine’s Day, Lewin Terrace presents a sumptuous 5-course dinner menu designed to tantalize palates and kindle the flames of romance.

A beautiful black-and-white bungalow surrounded by lush foliage and tucked away in the heart of the historically-iconic Fort Canning Park, Lewin Terrace offers patrons respite from the hustle and bustle of the city, providing the perfect atmosphere for lovers to share an intimate evening together as they delve into a gastronomic experience that features the finest of ingredients from Japan, masterfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine Hiroyuki Shinkai.

With over a decade of professional experience working at Michelin star establishments (L’Osier in Tokyo and Beni in Singapore), Chef Shinkai is devoted to the pursuit of perfection in the culinary arts as he continues to refine his own personal interpretation of French cuisine. Armed with the strong belief that simplicity is key, Chef Shinkai’s philosophy is grounded in the importance of elevating the natural freshness of his ingredients, an ethic that complements Lewin Terrace’s produce-driven approach.

Witness the quaint and picturesque charm of Lewin Terrace this Valentine’s Day while savouring a robust interplay of textures and flavours –all the right components for a wonderful night to remember.

Dinner is priced at SGD$388++ per couple with a half bottle of champagne, with an optional supplement of SGD$120 for a 5-glass wine pairing.

Hurry and reserve a table now!

Lewin Terrace’s Valentine’s Day Set Dinner Menu

Amuse bouche

Le ENTRÉ Froid
Duck tartare /Salad /pear

Le ENTRÉ Chaud
Scallop saute/sauce aromatic /pomme écrasé

AMADAI/Cepes Mushroom /”KOSHIHIKARI”/Fish sauce

“Wagyu Rossini”
“Kagoshima” A4 Wagyu Beef Steak/foie gras /Madeira sauce

“Chitose” Strawberry, Japanese Strawberry by Chitose

Small World

Coffee or Tea

S$388++per couple, with a half bottle of champagne

With wine pairing S$120 (5 glasses)

Evian (still) or Badoit (sparkling)

Unlimited $8 per person

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST

Chef-In-Box is Singapore’s first Vendcafé that serves an assortment of instant meals, beverages, and snacks. Located at a corner of the void deck of Block 320C Anchorvale Drive, the Vendcafé is starting to attract quite a lot of people. In this blog post, I will share with you what I honestly think about Chef In Box.

Novelty Factor

Truthfully speaking, there is no novelty factor because vending machines that serves food, drinks, and snacks are pretty commonplace. Although Chef In Box’s vending machines may be state of the art, the idea of retailing food and the likes through vending machine is not. I really don’t think there is a big difference between buying instant food from convenience stores like 7-Eleven versus buying instant food from the vending machines because either way, the food has already been processed, prepared, frozen and all it needs is a microwave for it to be heated up.

Quality and Taste of Food

When I visited Chef In Box’s Vendcafé with Jacqueline, we had the Chicken Bolognese Spaghetti and the taste is below hawker standard. Seriously, a plate of spaghetti from the Western Stall at a Hawker Centre or even the Kopitiam tastes way better. Just don’t expect too much from processed frozen food. As for me, I would gladly head down to McDonald’s for a Fillet Ol Fish Meal any time. Just so you know, the food that they have in the vending machine are Halal-certified.

Value for Money

The price range for the main courses is between SGD$3.50 to SGD$5.00 and it is pocket-friendly. Although there is an assortment of main courses available, not everything that is displayed on the food menu is actually available. I would say that the price is quite similar to what one could get at the Hawker Centre or Food Court. What’s a plus point for Chef In Box is that they accept both cash and cashless modes of payment.

Environment Sustainability

In one meal, there are lots of non-biodegradable disposables and plastic packaging involved. I really don’t think this is environmentally-friendly as compared to having a meal at the hawker centre where plates and utensils are washed and re-used. Also, I don’t see any recycling bins nearby and I personally think that having a recycling bin nearby would have addressed the issue about being environmentally-friendly because their products are mostly packed in plastics, metal, and paper.

Will this fad die off? Maybe, maybe not. Vending machine is a convenient way of getting a quick meal fix and they are still largely popular here in Singapore. If Chef In Box can improve on their quality of food, be more environmentally-friendly, and perhaps consider more fresh food (healthier-choice food) versus processed food; then probably Chef In Box will be a hit among Singaporeans. 

Our comprehensive guide to Batam has been a hit with many Singaporeans and we want to thank everyone for all the questions that have been constantly pouring in.
In this blog post, we will be sharing with you some recent key updates and developments in Batam and some of the new and interesting places that we have just visited last weekend.

Apart from that, we will also be addressing some of the most common questions that we get from our readers about Batam.

To begin with, here are some common questions that we have received about Batam:

How much do you need for a 2 Days 1 Night trip to Batam?

For a 2 Days 1 Night trip to Batam, you don’t exactly need to bring a lot of money unless you intend to buy a lot of things back. In fact, changing SGD$250 to spend in Batam is more than sufficient.

Do you have any contacts for Traditional Kueh Lapis (Layered Cakes) in Batam?

Yes, we often buy our Traditional Kueh Lapis (Layered Cakes) from Diana Layer Cakes Batam and you can contact them via the phone at +62 778 466906. In our previous post about Batam, we mentioned that Diana Layer Cakes Batam accept Singapore Dollars but do note that as of last year, they have stopped collecting Singapore Dollars and they only accept Indonesian Rupiah now. The reason why we always buy from Diana Layer Cakes Batam is because they offer free delivery to our hotel and their layer cakes are the best that we have tasted so far. A 1KG original  Kueh Lapis cost 250000 Rupiah (SGD$26) and a 1KG prune Kueh Lapis cost 300000 Rupiah (SGD$31).

Is it easy to get around in Batam?

Yes, it is easy to get around in Batam. Taxis are abundant but like we always say; don’t flag off the taxis that are plying the roads. Always book a taxi or approach a taxi counter to get a taxi. Do note that taxis have a minimum fare of 25000 Rupiah (SGD$2.60) and taxis from Silver Cab or Blue Bird can no longer stop at Nagoya Hill . There are taxi counters available at most hotels or shopping Centres and you can just probably go there to pay for your cab fare in advance. It’s more expensive but better than having to haggle the prices.

So last weekend, we went on a short 2 Days 1 Night trip to Batam and we visited some new dining places (at our own expense) and tried doing some new stuffs like watching a movie at their local cinema.

We arrived in Batam at about 0915, cleared the immigrations that took about 45 minutes (weekends are always the peak season), and the very first thing we did was to make sure that we got a prepaid mobile line at the counter.

With a prepaid mobile line, getting around Batam is a breeze because the taxi is just a phone call away.

We walked to our hotel (Harris Hotel Batam Centre) which was nearby the ferry terminal to pick up the Kueh Lapis that we have ordered just 2 days before and since there weren’t any rooms available just yet, we headed to the nearby Mega Mall Batam Centre to walk about. By the way, if you plan to book a room at Harris Hotel Batam Centre, it will be cheaper to book through Agoda than via the Hotel Website direct and opt for just the room only because the hotel’s buffet breakfast isn’t that fantastic as compared to the food you could get at the nearby shopping malls.

For lunch, we went to Barletta Dining and Lounge at Da Vienna Boutique Hotel and from the table setting to the personalised service, we could tell that it was somewhat a place for fine dining. The food however, was a real disappointment. An online search revealed some positive reviews about the restaurant but seriously, we won’t want to dine there again because the quality of the food is so-so and isn’t value for money.

After lunch, we booked a taxi to Nagoya Hill where we spent the entire day there. Contrary to what most people would plan to do in Batam (go-karting, sea sports, and the likes), our plan was to simply eat, shop, and relax.

At Nagoya Hill, we went to catch the movie, “Independence Day: Resurgence” at Cinema 21 and the price for a movie ticket is just 35,000 Rupiah (SGD$3.50) per ticket! The fabric seats are comfortable and the theatre is not as run down as we thought it to be.

The cinema is located at the top floor of Nagoya Hill Mall and here’s a picture of the entrance leading to the cinema.

There is a small arcade corner located near the tickets counter but I wouldn’t suggest having a go at it because the (shooting games especially) controls are faulty.

Since we had a lot of time to kill, I decided to be more adventurous and went for a haircut at Willy Salon in Nagoya Mall. The haircut which includes washing cost me 120000 Rupiah (SGD$13) and I must say, it was overall a pleasant experience!

Bule, my hairstylist; is pretty good and if you happen to go to Willy Salon, look for him!

That radiant and fresh look after a refreshing haircut.

For dinner, we went to Taste The Crab @ Hill Cafe Batam which is within walking distance from Nagoya Hill. The food there is pretty awesome and we had the medium seafood combo which consist of prawns, clams, squid rings, and crab. In case you’re wondering, the medium seafood combo cost 190000 Rupiah (SGD$20) and the portion was actually rather small for us. The next time we visit, we will definitely get the large seafood combo which cost only 220000 Rupiah (SGD$23).

Oh, and having a pint of beer is a must because it really goes well with the seafood and it cost only 40000 Rupiah (SGD$4.20)!

The dinner pretty much concluded our first day in Batam.

For our second day in Batam, we booked for a half-day spa package with Spa Central Batam which cost SGD$88 per person for 3 hours. It was our 2nd time visiting Spa Central Batam and there are quite a number of changes since the last time we were there. Even the spa package and service menu has been updated and we were quite surprised to learn that the ownership of the boutique spa has been taken over by a Singaporean (yes you read that right).

The half-day spa package included a foot bath, our choice of 3 different categories of treatments (1 x 90 minute massage and 2 other treatments (one at 30 minutes and the other at 60 minutes excluding Galvanic Facial) from their spa menu. The half-day spa package also include free transfers to and fro the spa by taxi (only if you have a minimum of 2 people taking up a 2-hour treatment session).

The treatment room is very comfortable and clean. For couples, couple room is available as well.

If you plan to visit Batam on a free-and-easy basis and have the intention to include a spa treatment package on your itinerary; I would suggest that you book your ferry tickets directly with Spa Central Batam because it cost SGD$38 nett 2-way instead of the usual SGD$48. That is SGD$10 off in savings which you can use to spend on sumptuous food in Batam!

Needless to say, we ended our trip to Batam with our usual ritual of having an A&W meal!

For more information about Spa Central Batam, do visit their website where you can find more details about the various kind of spa package they have and the costs for the different treatments as well.


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It has been an exciting and exhilarating week so far and I am really glad that in 5 days’ time, I will be taking a long break away from work because I have been away from home almost every week.
Just yesterday, Jacqueline and I were at The Music Run by AIA and this year’s edition saw a vast improvement as compared to last year’s! The fringe activities along the running route were very engaging and while I’m not the sort of runner who will stop to take pictures, I was really glad that there was sufficient space that catered to both the walkers and the runners.

The entertainment likewise was superb and we had lots of fun swaying to the beats and tunes of The Sam Willows and DJ Sam Withers. Despite it being my first 5k run for the year, I was really pleased with the fact that I completed the whole run in 34 minutes without any formal training. The Music Run is definitely a good start to my two other upcoming runs that I will be participating in.

As mentioned, I will be flying off in 5 days’ time and for my coming trip, I will be heading to Taiwan with Jacqueline. We will be taking a direct flight to Kaoshiung via Scoot and then we will be returning to Singapore from Taipei via Jet Star. It has been quite a long while since our last visit to Taiwan and this time round, we will be heading to Kenting, Kaoshiung, and then northwards to Taipei.

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Since Mothers’ Day is also round the corner in about two weeks time, I’m pretty sure many people are making plans to spend quality time with their family and if you’re thinking of bringing the whole family for a classic dim sum dining experience that won’t burn a big hole in your pocket, you might want to consider making a reservation at Yum Cha Restaurant.

My family always frequent the outlet at Serangoon Gardens Country Club but unfortunately, the Yum Cha Restaurant there is no longer in operation and the only available outlets are the ones located at Chinatown and Changi Business Park. For Mothers’ Day this year, Yum Cha Restaurant is launching 3 special items that seeks to re-create the long-lost taste of traditional Chinese dishes that mothers and grandmothers would remember with nostalgia of their hometowns.

The three special items are the Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetables, the Pan-fried Salted Fish Bun, and the Almond Tarts.

Braised Pork with Preserved Vegetables

A notable classic Chinese dish, this delicious bun which was easily carried around in the past, was eaten for days while our ancestors were fleeing the war in China before settling down in different parts of Asia. Quality tender pork belly is braised in a secret recipe sauce for hours to create a sweet and succulent taste that is balanced by a soft steamed bun.

Pan-fried Salted Fish Bun

A traditional Chinese dish originating from the Guangdong province, this salted fish bun used to be a favourite of Emperor Kang Xi of the Qing Dynasty. The bottom of the bun is seared to golden brown, with a flavourful filling made from salted fish paste and minced meat. To enhance its flavour, a secret seasoning is added for a more savory experience.

Almond Tart

The classic Almond Tart has a soft and flaky texture. Served warm, its sweet taste will definitely bring back fond memories of the old days in Hong Kong.

How will you celebrate Mothers’ Day?

That’s all from us for now and it sure looks like the coming month of May is going to be quite an exciting one too!