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Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour September 13th 2021

Your first reaction is that both are quite bad, or perhaps even tolerable, given the circumstances. I can probably count on one hand my decent airline meals, and most of those were on Singapore Airlines. My best hospital meals were at UC Berkeley. I contracted pneumonia as a sophomore there and was also hospitalized with a mysterious and unknown virus while I was in grad school. And I must tell you, the food was well above average, perhaps even pretty good. Why? I found out the UC Berkeley's Cowell Memorial Hospital does not have a cafeteria or its own food services. All the food came from across the parking lot, the famous Faculty Club. Once I had an appetite, meal selection became great fun. The menu for the next meal would arrive, and I could select ... read more
A great airline meal

Asia » Singapore September 4th 2021

Saturday, 4th September 2021 Opted for the cutesy single loft room at Hotel Yan to spend my weekend. I once joined a weekend walking tour around the neighborhood thanks to the folks at the now defunct Mahota Market (the owner of Prime Supermarket). The weather for the weekend was lovely with clear blue skies which created an ideal setting for picture-taking opportunities. I walked a lot and tasted a lot along the way from the Hainanese Curry Rice @ The Hainan Story to the delicious Durian Mousse @ Tian Wang. At the end of the weekend, I learnt more things about the neighborhood than I would have thought otherwise.... read more
Breakfast affair at Chye Seng Huat

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road July 17th 2021

Saturday, 17th July 2021 One of the really nice things that happened to me during the staycation was that I was offered a complimentary check-in from as early at 7am on Saturday morning. The concierge contacted me the day before and offered me this great service. Since 7am was way too early for me, I opted for the 10am option. Receiving my room keys for level 22 of the property was a nice surprise. While the room configuration does not permit a window near the bed, the views from the bathroom was nevertheless gorgeous. More surprises awaited me in the room as I was presented with a generous serving of marcrons as well as two servings of cocktails at the level 9 cafe. There was also a mini-swimming pool within the premises. Needless to say, I ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Kampong Glam June 4th 2021

My grilfriend decided to spend Christmas 2015 in Singapore. As Singapore isn't a cheap place, the first chanllenge was to find a good place to stay at a reasonable price. I found the "Parkroyal on Beach Road" hotel, and I can say it was a good choice: friendly staff, comfortable and very clean rooms and great location, near Singapore Flyer and Orchard Road. Many retaurants are near, and many of htem at a good price. We had booked a Christmas dinner at the saveur restaurant on 5 Purvis Street, and it wasn't a disappointment. Excellent food and wine, great staff. Well, we spent 5 days there, and a lot of time went into shopping, my girlfriend loves Orchard Road, which shouldn't come as a suprise at all. Good thing is, if you have enough time, you ... read more

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road May 12th 2021

Wednesday, 12th May 2021 This was a Japanese-themed staycation as I embarked on a 3D2N getaway from my daily routine. Ideally nestled within the Dhoby Ghaut district, Ji Hotel wowed me for its very spacious Zen-inspired rooms as well as its attractive weekday deal. The spotless room reminded very much of my stay at Dormy Inn during my travels in Japan. The only exception was probably the absence of an onsen within the accommodation. During the staycation, I also found some time to pop by at the LTA SG Mobility Gallery in Little India as well as catching up with SS who was gracious enough to show me around the grounds of the former KK Hospital where she worked. As far as this staycation was concerned, I tried to keep it to the Japanese theme in ... read more
A modern Japanese inspired stay
LTA SG Mobility Gallery
Fort Canning

Asia » Singapore » Changi April 21st 2021

Long, meaning long enough to be bored, and short enough to keep me at the airport. I have spent the better part of a full day in a Singapore Airlines lounge, well worth it, but 8 hours is too long to be anywhere but home. The ideal layover, when I am in a hurry, is an hour. If I have two long flights, a two hour layover is perfect, if I have airline lounge access. And if I have been upgraded to Business or First, I usually have lounge access.For those of you unfamiliar, the Lounge might be the Holy Grail of International travel. It has less importance domestically, at least for me, as a retired traveler, than a business traveler, who needs to use a laptop and cell phone simultaneously. Nonetheless. it ... read more
Singapore lounge
Hot food options

Asia » Singapore » Tiong Bahru April 11th 2021

Sunday, 11th April 2021 This was a weekend of discovery for me in Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore's most iconic neighborhoods dating back from the colonial era. I chose to stay at the D Hotel to take advantage of the off-peak promotional rates of SGD70 nett. This is a new-built cutesy building that looked like a nest from afar. Judging from the spacious room that I stayed in, it was definitely worth more than the price that I paid. In terms of food, both Tiong Bahru Pau and Tiong Bahru Bakery were literally minutes away. I spent the most part of my day strolling through the beautiful neighbourhood while trying to locate the oldest SIT Block 55 that was built in 1936 during the art-deco craze. There were also other eating opportunities at Ah Chiang's Porridge ... read more
One of the rare 5-storey block in Tiong Bahru from the 1930s
Hello Tiong Bahru
Three generations of flats from the 1930s, 1950s and 2010s

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour January 21st 2021

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First class to Japan
Poor Elaine!

Asia » Singapore December 31st 2020

If I were to look back at my life at some point in time, this was how 2020 / 2021 meant to me. I remembered that I had just returned from Bhutan when the first COVID-19 case reached the shores of Singapore. Before long, the whole episode unfolded rather quickly. Initially, I started to maintain a log to track my daily movements in case contact tracers knocked on my door. Overtime, I decided to include some of the details below:- 23rd January 2020 - First COVID-19 Case reported in Singapore. The first few cases were imported, predominantly from Wuhan, China. 1st February 2020 – Final edition of My Dawson Heritage Tour. MC annual CNY reunion luncheon. 7th February 2020 - Dorscon Orange declared in Singapore. Panic buy at supermarkets islandwide over the weekend and the shelves ... read more
16th November 2020 - all masked-up in the office
5th December 2020 - Xmas festivities @ Park Royal Beach Road
5th December 2020 @ the Singapore Flyer

Asia » Singapore » Little India October 19th 2020

Monday, 19th October 2020 We started day 02 of our staycation with a sumptuous breakfast affair at level 6 of the hotel. Gone were the days where a full buffet spread greeted us in the morning. Instead, we were presented with a rather extensive menu where we could order any items that we fancy. The wait-staffs were welcoming and eager to serve which helped to elevate our dining experience at the Garden Pavilion. From our hotel, we decided to explore the surrounding Pek Kio neighbourhood for more food options. Along 130 Owen Road, we chanced upon Bakehaus, an artisan bakery that served really authentic croissants. Having opened their doors for slightly over a year, Bakehaus had gained its own loyal following judging by the number of likes on their FB page and rave Google reviews. What ... read more
Breakfast at Pek Kio neighbourhood centre

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