Feast@East at Grand Mercure is currently holding a limited time special indonesian cuisine dinner codenamed: Indonesian Cuisine Paradise, it will only be available till 12th Oct 2014(Whether it extends or not, I don’t know.)
Kudos to Eastie Brekkie for the extended invitation to this food review night.
We were presented with some of the most delicious Indonesian food we ever tasted by experienced Senior Sous Chef, Chef Sharifah who flew into Singapore to specially prepare such a feast for us and to the public for only a short period of time.
Egg Tofy (Tahu Telur)
Ox tail soup(Sup Buntut)
Sambal Prawn(Udang Petai Balado)
Peranakan Assorted Dessert(Top left), Chendol specially preparedby Chef Sharifah(Right), Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel’s all-time specialty Durian cake(Bottom left).
We enjoyed our food a lot! They were really fresh and tasty, and the Sweet and spicy sauce(Black sauce) was really unforgettable, we wanted to buy a bottle but unfortunately it wasn’t available(yet?).
I was totally reminded of my awesome ex that night too….. cause she’s Indonesian!
Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel / Roxy Square50 East Coast Road
Feast@East buffet restaurant
Reservations: +65-6340 5665
Monday To Sunday (Lunch)
Adult: S$45.00 + + Per Person
Child: S$23.00 + + Per Child
Senior Citizen: S$34.00 Nett Per Person
Monday To Thursday (Dinner)
Adult: S$46.00 + +
Child: S$23.00 + +
Senior Citizen: S$36.00 Nett Per Person
Friday To Sunday, Eve Of Public Holiday And Public Holiday (Dinner) Adult: S$49.00 + + Per Person
Child: S$24.00 + + Per Child
Senior Citizen: S$38.00 Nett Per Person
In celebration of our Minister Mentor, Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s 91st birthday, MeGuideU.com, a local tour group featuring tours of local heritage sites, and today, I will be writing about a tribute tour guided by an experienced local guide, Miss Chia Bee Lian
We started our tour at Amoy hotel, located at Telok Ayer Street, the display shows what the street was like before Singapore had one of our first land reclaimation done, right in front of the hotel, was the sea where boats carry shipments from around the region in, I believe it was part of the British East India Trading company’s trades?
This miniature display, is the actual look and scene of where Amoy Hotel is now in the past, a complete scaled down recreation of where we are standing.(We are in the actual building in the picture.)
The walking tour allows brings us around using our public transport system, particularly the trains and buses, our guide brought us around the tunneled stations where many of the local arts are showcased, you don’t have to visit a museum! We bring it to you!
Probably not known to many, especially tourists, our train stations feature many different types of art such as calligraphy by local artists.
The next time you wait for a train, take a look around, you might just be standing on the works of great local artists.
Our tour Bee Lian was very patient and answered our questions accordingly, sharing her experiences growing up in this area of Singapore(Dhoby Ghuat/City Hall was once where many schools stood, she was a student there)
Unfamiliar to some of us, The MacDonald House holds the history of why there’s tension between Singapore and Indonesia in recent months, read more about it on Wikipedia.
It is one of the heritage sites, reminding us of why we must always keep Singapore and safe home, and defend it, through security and deterrence.
A visit to the War Memorial Park, located between the Esplanade and Swissotel, a 67m high structure, also known as the Chopsticks memorial site, a site dedicated to victims of massacres during world war ii.
Smith helping to clear out a wasp’s nest out of respect, and waiting for cleaners to come would take probably too long.
Do you know where the first ever tunnel was built in Singapore? This is the one, right under Anderson Bridge near the Asian Civilisations Museum! (A boring fact though)
Walking through Victorial Concert Hall.
A couple was having a beautiful wedding photo shoot, I think the strong maroon really matches with the environment, hope their photos turn out great!
Bee Lian even brought us to see a noodle stall at Maxwell Market, it sells “Rickshaw noodles” the same recipe which Rickshaw riders would consume in the past, even till this day it costs only 80cents, I’ll definitely try it one day when I come here again.
The beautiful Jacqueline Wong, looking through the displays at the tour of URA(Urban redevelopment Agency) Building.
Can you believe they actually did a miniture of the whole of Singapore?! It’s really amazing how detailed they are, I wonder how they did it.
Can you spot where you stay? All the buildings are mapped out here, including undeveloped ones!
I think Bee Lian really deserves an award and recognition, in the 2 hours we spent in the walking tour, I think I learned more than what I learned in 5years of secondary school.
No matter where we went, she kept us entertained and shared with us amazing stories and interesting historics of Singapore, I would highly recommend my friends and tourists alike to engage tours like this, she made me feel more proud to be a Singaporean than before.
To book for tours like this, simply head to www.MeGuideU.com and start booking and find out more information.
To book for the tour I went, click here , I don’t know when it’ll be FREE till, but book now!
Today marks the 45th day of my completion of full time national service in the army, what can I say? I’m happy, really happy but yet nostalgic about my life in army, both the good and bad times.
I am finally “free” after two years of conscription.
I think I’m glad my ex-colleagues at Singapore Press Holdings have a strange sense of humour, putting my photo with photoshopped explosions on the front page of The Straits Times.
The army has made me slim down for a period of time…..but well, since I’m out of the regiment now, I’ve unknowingly gained some weight back unfortunately.
My last day of service, sitting in a 5 tonner with all my barang barang all alone, on the way to collect my civilian identity card from the new Multi-Mission Range Complex, I literally ORD’d with a bang as I completed my combat shoot on my ORD day.
I’m already starting to miss a lot of things about life in army.
What do I miss the most?
The super healthy hours of waking at up 6:30am daily, and sleeping by 11pm.
Free meals daily.
Needlessness to worry about what to wear daily, just put on the Number 4 and that’s it!
All the funny Regulars I work with.
Enough about army, I had two years of it, what am I doing full time now?
Pursueing my interest: Studio Photography and Outdoor shoots
But if another murder is going to occur at my photoshooting location again, I’ll probably quit photography once and for all.
Catching with all the awesome friends I’ve not met for almost 2 years,
Especially friends with a passion for cycling around Singapore.
Awesome friends from all over the world!
What about career?
Here I am, in my new office, working my ass off late into the night.
I’m going full time into entrepreunership.
I’ve made my mind up while in NS to stop pursueing further studies, the real knowledge worthy(in my humble opinion) is out there in the real working world.
I just don’t believe in academics or the need to be part of the rat race anymore.
Whether I become successful or not, I know this is what I want at this point of time and life, there will be decisions I make that I will regret, and there will also be choices that would help rise my team up another level.
Either way, it will expand our perspective and knowledge, enabling us to make better decision in the future.
And don’t say I stupid hor, I’m in the 95th Percentile of the general population according to Mensa.
This boy may be childish as heck(He’s like what 10years old? What do you expect? ) But he dared to stand out and do whatever he wanted.
With years ahead of him to train in proper communication skills, I bet this kid will become one of the best salesman in the future, and he will probably in the Forbes lists then, who knows.
I see a lot of potential in him, as long as he manages to find the right mentors and not get in trouble with the law, he will be a very successful person.
Don’t you all think so too?
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Steve Jobs”
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If you haven’t watched her “I’m not proud to be Singaporean” video, do watch it here.(embedding disabled)
I don’t think she’s wrong with her points in her video, in fact I do agree…….wait, just to show that I’m sincere and honest, I actually watched it twice, the first time was to simply admire her awesome B-cup boobs(is it B-cup?), I personally prefer girls with A and B-cups, C negligible , D = too big.
Let’s compare Singapore to a more music-friendly country, such as the United States, assuming that just 0.1% of the respective countries’ population wants to make it in the creative industry(no matter which fields they want to get in, camera/sound/artist.) You’ll get a more sustainable number in a bigger country, not a tiny little red dot.
USA= Approximately 310million population, 0.1% = approximately 300 000 people.
SG = Approximately 5million population, 0.1% = approximately 5000
(Numbers are absolutely inaccurate and made up by me just to get the point across)
What I’m trying to say is, it’s not that there’s no creative industry in Singapore, it’s just that the numbers are so small compared internationally, it’s really a I-see-u u-see-me everyday kinda thing. Look closely at the local news, are there really news that are news worthy everyday?
Even Serina Wee’s dress can make it into the headlines lor. (Link)
Even the highest grossing movie(formally, taken over by Ah Boys To Men) Money No Enough in Singapore earned only S$5.8m (according to wikipedia), deduct the production costs and spread the earnings among crews and actors, do you think it was a lot? (Even if it was a gold pot, it was only a one time thing back in 1998)
I’m proud to be staying and living in Singapore, my friends are here, my family is here and this is the only country I know that I can safely go RK house in the middle of the night to eat my favourite indian muslim food and not get mugged.
I’m ok with how people don’t smile and don’t greet each other, I like to mind my own business too.
But nonetheless if I come across an aussie or go to Australia some day, I would embrace the culture and greet people too, see how friendly I am with this aussie in the picture? (That’s Aussie Pete, a great makan blogger/buddy from Australia, catch up soon eh?)
I have a problem, I’ve never really been detailed with my personal goal-settings, and therefore I seem to fail at it every year.
As I thought about it through a little more thorough than how I would on what to eat for lunches everyday, it seems like these are the categories I think everyone should at least have.
The categories of goals everyone should have(in my humble opinion)
Health(Psychological and Physical)
Do note that goals can be mixed and matched in the different categories, and remember not to set too many goals unless you want to stress yourself up and fuck it up through this new year.
And remember, be REALISTIC, an example of an unrealistic goal would be “Win toto lottery S$5million)”, these are subjects which you have no control of, set a goal within your area of control such as “To be able to run 10kilometres within 1hour”.
2013 wasn’t exactly a good year for me, I went through betrayal, set-backs, a month long suicidal depression period, financial tightness, almost died of dengue and lost a valuable mentor who has yet to teach me all the knowledge he knows, I do wonder how I kept my shit together.
If you are in the same shoe as I am, just remember that the new year can only get better!(THINK POSITIVE! )
Yong Wei’s personal resolutions for the year 2014!
Losing weight won’t be easy for me, post-op I gained 13kg before listing 10 of it, I’m still struggling to get back on track with my personal weight-loss program.
This year will be the year I finally lose weight for good, I’m sure of it. Do read my write up on how I lost 40kg in the past 2 years here
I am a hopeless romantic, I’m turning 22 next month and unlike all my friends, I am pretty much the only one that has never been attached to anyone, or even my first kiss(kisses when I’m drunk doesn’t count).
I can’t tell if I’m desperate due to peer pressure or whether it’s because I do not want to miss out on this chapter of life. Even my mum has talked to me about buying a HDB flat when I’m 35(singles are only eligible to buy a flat to themselves at age 35 in Singapore).
I’ve been hurt quite a few times from different girls over the past few years, that I can no longer seem to develop that “feel” or “cloud nine ” adrenaline rush when wooing anyone any more.
I think if I can just get an experience of having a girlfriend this year, it’ll be a big step for me.
Run more giveaways on this blog more often(Do look out for free food and goodies coming in the next few months, next week I’ll be giving away a pair of high-end spectacle lenses!)
Being an O+ blood manufacturer, I also wish to start donating again once I’m eligible this year! (it’s just that tingling sensation in your heart knowing that you’ve helped someone prolonged their lives, you know what I mean?)
To complete my mandatory national conscription duties peacefully, so I’ll no longer feel being constantly oppressed.
Travel to at least 2 countries before the year ends.
A 1 week trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A 1 week trip to Bali, Indonesia
(it’s what I can afford lah, I’m only born with an aluminium spoon you know?)
Well, that’s pretty much it, I do hope that my guide above will help you plan your resolutions and goals this year, remember to keep it measurable and realistic.
As the youngest non-baby entity in my whole family tree, and the only one left that’s not married or engaged, this coming chinese new year on the 31st of January 2014 I have to prepare myself to be bombarded with many questions that I cannot answer yet.
So here’s the top 5 questions I am expecting, and my answer to “defend” myself against, should you be in the same situations, do feel free to use this as a guide.
1) How is NS?
“I am 21 turning 22, earning $480 monthly and paying my own bills and expenses while struggling to save up for future studies while stuck as a conscript during my golden young-adult years……..oh wait I mean I’m fine i’m fine, I’m doing very well.”
2) Got girlfriend already or not?!
“NABEH! LIM PEH EARN S$480 MONTHLY YOU EXPECT ME TO GO OUT PAKTOR AFTER PAYING MONTHLY EXPENSES……….Ah, no lah, no girlfriend.”
3) Why don’t you go and find a girlfriend?
The most suitable answer for me in the past three years had been “Career first, earn money first before finding a partner, who would want to go out with barely any money to spend?”
That’s just one of the bulls I pulled these few years, it worked pretty well though, my relatives usually end the question there after I pull this crap.
4) Are you gay?
A few, and I do mean FEW, have approached me with this very question for the past year, and the answer is no. (If asked, just “retaliate” by using question 3 above.)
I think people assumed because I’ve been single all these while, and yet hanging around many awesome handsome bros.
5) You got friends right, ask your friends intro you some girls lah?
I would answer as what Barney Stinson would say
“The mom of a Bro is always off-limits. But the step-mom of a Bro is fair game if she initiates it and/or is wearing at least one article of leopards print clothing”
Sauce: The Bro Code
If you’ve got any other better Questions & Answer solutions, do feel free to talk to me via Twitter @yongwei92 !
And may the odds be ever in your favour…….GOOD LUCK THIS CHINESE NEW YEAR! If you liked this post, don’t forget to Share it on Facebook/Twitter!
Before I get to the amazing chicken story, I’d like to give a big shout out to the PR(Public Relation) company that gave me this opportunity.
Public Relations Done Right
It started off with a pretty standard looking invitation email, explaining the agendas and event details in the attachment, we bloggers get these sort of emails very often, usually if it says “Dear media” “Dear blogger”, I’ll ignore if I sense that it’s a mass-sent mail.
But of course, if my name is ever mentioned, I’ll respond back with a direct answer.(Basic courtesy, after all, they took the time and effort to find my email and typed my name).
I can’t go out at the moment due to a recent ACL surgery and am recuperating at home, lots of time in hand to be catching up on dramas I’ve missed over the year while stuck in army(stay-in unit…..)
I was baffled and pleasantly surprised by absolutePR’s kind gestures! And best part was, that means I get a free dinner for my family! (yay blogger get freebie….)
Superior Savers C menu, lots of deep fried goodness for friends and family!
The Popeyes’ Bonafide chicken, rather big piece.
Popeyes Bonafide Chicken, or just call it Popeyes Fried Chicken
Sinfully juicy and delicious! It’s been a while since I’ve consumed any form deep fried chicken skin since I started diet and exercises and lost 40kg. (Oh yeah, gained back a few kilos while on crutches.)
Yeah, bite that juicy chicken!
The Chicken Tenders
I prefer this over the Bonafide Chicken, less oil=Less sin.
The Popeyes’ signature Biscuit, topped with strawberry jam, delicious chunk of carbs! My favourite.
Half-eaten Popeyes Biscuit
I remember a few years back when the only outlet in Singapore(I think) was in Changi Airport Terminal 1, where I stationed with a few friends there to study for exams.
Ahhhh….School days memoirs~!
Well, anyways, this saturday (30th november 2013), Popeyes will be opening a new outlet at Bugis Village, details below:
Date: 30th November 2013, Saturday
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: Popeyes @ Bugis Village, 229 Victoria Street, Singapore 188023
There will be lots of activities packed, such as balloon sculpting, face painting and Glitter Tattoo stations available, kids friendly stuff.
My friend Elson Soh will be there sharing about Project Awareness as well, do show him some support ya?
And not forgetting awesome local DJs, the Muttons.
TIME FOR GIVEAWAY!
I have 5 e-vouchers from Popeyes to give away, I’ll be removing this section once it’s all given(first come first served).
Simply email me your Name, contact number, and NRIC number to firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
(Singaporeans only, sorry friendly friends from overseas……..)
As you can see, as of 1st November 2013, I had to walk around in crutches, and no I wasn’t involved in any form of accidents.
A few months before I conscripted into the army in 2012, I started jogging(You know, to gain stamina so I wouldn’t get tired out so easily as I go through basic military training), somehow I sprained myself due to carelessness and ended up with pain in my left knee for the months and year ahead.
Visits to CMPB(Central manpower base) for further medical examination and doctors in Singapore hospitals proved futile as everyone insisted it was because of my weight.
So after I lost 40kg, and still having the pain in my left leg, my specialist seemed finally convinced enough to schedule me for an MRI scan back in August, more than a year later since I started seeing doctors, and the results were rather shocking(to me).
I’ve torned my ACL, and damaged my meniscus.
The solution? Surgery to repair it, if you don’t mind watching how the surgery goes, watch it, if not, skip it. (Video)
Having experienced life on crutches for almost a week now, here’s my top least favourite parts of living with crutches while I recover.
1) Visits to the toilet.
Very challenging environment, the wet/damp floors simply means high chances of me slipping, especially if I have to pee in the middle of the night and possible tearing the ACL again.
2) Weight gain
I did weigh myself, I’ve gained approximately 4kg since my surgery 5days ago, unable to exercise and needing to eat, I’m literally a couch potato now, and one of the painkillers’ side-effects includes “Weight gain”. #FML
3) Unable to cook
I did try to make myself dinner, just as I grabbed a bowl to beat some eggs, I came to sudden realisation that I have no other hands to hold the frigging bowl as I walk with crutches.
Pretty much gave up on that, and ate only bread or biscuits when no one’s home.
4) People trying to help me
I don’t like feeling handicapped, if I want something done, I’d rather do it myself.
5) Why don’t you try taking bigger steps?
Said a lady to me, I was like “hello? Crutches? Bigger steps to walk faster?”
Not a brilliant idea at all, I simply laughed it off.
What about the good positive stuff?
Well, of course I’m gonna mention the good stuff that happened in the past week!
After an almost near-death experience with dengue a few months earlier, and getting a heck of a scolding from many people for not informing them anything.
During my hospitalisation for dengue, I did inform a handful of people(just a handful, I didn’t really want too many people visiting, since there were many others sick with dengue in the ward too, and I needed to rest too, I wouldn’t want to have someone coming in every hour.), most of them thought I was joking even though I provided specific details of my ward and condition.
And to make it worse, even after knowing the truth, some could even crack a bone at it, I was heavily insulted, at least I now know which ones to keep, I don’t have all the time in the world for everyone. I’m actually glad I’m making this decision.
2) Friends visiting me, with goodies!
Technically they’re my friends with benefits.
Loads of DVDs on my desk now!
The painkillers do make me sleepy, I have slept approximately 12-16hours for the past few days, and it feels so refreshing! I do get lucid dreams half the time.
I remember on the second night I dreamt that I walked over to a newly opened Japanese food store and had the most amazing katsu Don and green tea ever, that I was able to walk the stairs in the train stations and carried 6 beds at home.
Sick lucid dream I had, I am still craving for that Katsu Don in real life.
4) All the time in the world to use the internet!
I’m officially unfit for any duties for the next few months, that means I have all the time to blog, to research, to study, to write songs, pretty much all the time to do what I love doing for now! (Provided if I have the ability with crutches).
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