A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

Stretching myself out of bed early in the morning at 7:00am, I got myself ready for today’s big day out; a family visit to the Singapore Zoo. With a cooler bag and packs of ice, my wife’s preparation of pasta salad last night will be kept cool inside the cooler bag and this will be our family packed lunch.

Before heading to the zoo, I have tested my little Kayden multiple times on how interested will he be for visiting the zoo. He insisted many times that he doesn’t like the zoo at all and he really mean it.

Reaching the Singapore Zoo at 9:00am, we had our breakfast at the Inuka Cafe located at the ticketing counter before the start of the whole zoo event. Simple breakfast.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

As a precaution in case of our little boy is lazy to walk and request to be carried, my wife have decided to purchase tram tickets at $5.00 per adult fare. These tram tickets were sure very useful!

At station 1 was the Polar Bear and an indoor exhibition hall where cold temperate animals such as the Wolverines and Racoon Dogs were kept cosy inside.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Walking further up, here comes the “get close to” African Wildlife station, where animals were all kept in their open natural habitat.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Let me introduce to you my personal favorite spot in the Singapore Zoo, the Rainforest Kidz World. This area has a Wet Play Area, a performance show for the family, a carousel and a Kampung House. As the name goes, the Kampung House shares and gives a deeper inside of what types of pests, or unwelcome guests, that were commonly seen back in the olden days of Singapore. These pests includes cockroaches, crickets and snakes. Yikes! Putting these pests aside, the Kampung House also showcases animals such as rabbits and goats.

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

It has been more than ten years before I revisited the Singapore Zoo again. It is a great place to bring the children to. The whole morning until afternoon was a tiring but fun experience. Kayden got knocked out totally when we got home. All those loud drilling sounds from my next door neighbor did not woke him up at all.

Thanks for reading my blog and here are the little fellows bidding farewell to you. Cheers!

 

A Day In Singapore Zoo

 

Address of my visit
Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Rd
Singapore 729826

Opening Hours
Daily: 8:30am to 6:00pm (Last ticket sale at 5.30pm)

Telephone: (65) 6269 3411
Website: http://www.zoo.com.sg

 

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Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Dakota Crescent is a charming small district located opposite the famous Old Airport Road Food Centre. With many low rise housing estates that are built during the 1950s, Dakota Crescent is one of Singapore’s oldest district and will be vacated by the end of 2016 for new residences developments.

There are two iconic places in this district which I would like to bring my family to, the Tian Kee & Co Cafe and a vintage playground which was built up from concrete and surrounded by sands. So, here goes my family morning in Dakota Crescent.

Situated in Block 12, Tian Kee & Co was once a provision shop manned by Mr and Mrs Lim that sells cheap tidbits in Dakota Crescent. Now, it has transformed into a cafe with nostalgic settings.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Tian Kee & Co serves up to five different choices of All Day Breakfast sets such as Pancakes ($4.90), Half Breakfast Set ($7.90) and Tian Kee Eggs Royale ($14.90). This cafe also serves Smoked Salmon Salad ($14.90), soups that are priced from $8.90 to $9.90, Lasagne ($14.90) and pies such as Chicken Mushroom Pie ($7.90) and American Beef Pie ($7.90).

This cafe served special in-house beverages such as Hot Pink Lady ($5.00) which is actually rose syrup with steamed fresh milk, Hot Snag ($5.50) which is the combination of Hot Pink Lady and double Ristretto and Nuts About U ($5.50) which is made up of Nutella and fresh steamed milk creatively.

Nicely done was the Latte ($5.00) which the top layer of fresh steamed milk has a strong bitter taste of coffee beans, while the bottom layer of the coffee was smooth and creamy.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

With my cup of Long Black ($4.00) flowed out and spilled onto the porcelain saucer during served, my cup of black coffee looks like a typical “kopi-o” from a coffee house back in the old days.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

The Tian Kee Eggs Beauregard ($14.90) was served with fresh salad and it is made up of old muffin bread topped with slices of ham and two sunny side up eggs. I have to admit it that the cheese sauce drizzled was nice.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

The Full Breakfast Set ($14.90) was served with scrambled eggs with truffle oil, slices of pan-fried bacon, two chipolata chicken sausages, a cup of baked beans and toasted walnut bread.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Dropping off Mountbatten MRT station of the Circle Line, walking to Tian Kee & Co takes about five minutes of walk from exit B. This cosy little cafe could probably host up to twenty customers and the ambience of Tian Kee & Co makes me feel like it is a centric neighborhood cafe that people will gather and enjoy time together. The taste of my breakfast mains were average and the pricing is on the high side despite there is no service charge and GST.

Located opposite of Tian Kee & Co and near to block 22, there is an old fashioned playground that comes in handy for the children to play after a meal. Bringing my boy to this sand-filled, instead of rubber flooring playground, he really hates the sand when it gets into his shoes. Yet, he do enjoy climbing up those narrow steps, looked down from the top and enjoy the concrete rough surface slides.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Going to this playground does brings back a lot of my childhood memories. As I climbed up and looked down at the ground, I kept thinking why do I have the guts to jump down from the playground like this back in my younger days.

 

Family Morning In Dakota Crescent

 

Address of my visit
Tian Kee & Co
12 Dakota Crescent, #01-48
Singapore 390012

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 8:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6344 8527
Website: https://www.facebook.com/tiankeedakotacrescent

 

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MigUpSG Event For Invited Bloggers

MigUpSG Event For Invited Bloggers

Three weeks back, I received an email from Shaiful (@shoeboy5684) , from the audience team of Migme, asking about how I felt about the Migme social network platform. I gave him some suggestions and also requested to visit the Migme office in the near future. When Alvin (@Alvinology) emailed me about the #MigUpSG event for Migme invited bloggers a week later, my thought was “This sh*t just got real!”

With Migme’s HQ located in Singapore’s City Hall, signing up as an invited Migme blogger makes me feel like I am part of this social network team. As a full time working Dad of a two year old boy and blogging for almost four years, I was never being invited to such a special occasion.

I believe many people in Singapore knows little or have “zero knowledge” about Migme, so do I …… *initially*. Well, Migme is a microblogging social media platform. With more than five millions active users monthly from the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia, Migme has a lot of interactivity online such as sending of virtual gifts and chat rooms. What I love more about Migme is there is no spammy advertisements when I am scrolling through the site.

Going to the Migme’s office for a two hours #MigUpSG program, I am very excited and curious on how will the whole social event be like. I am happy to meet up with Alvin as well as some other bloggers. The introduction speech was by Steven Goh (@crazygrape), the CEO of Migme. I guess the limelight was on the Vice President of Migme, Gene Yu (@scorpiojiang). Gene shared all his joy, suspense and tiring twelve years of experience in the US Army. A pretty lengthy speech!

I am happy to meet up with some bloggers, whose blog genre is totally different from mine. We exchanged ideas and experiences together. Even though this was a short meetup, it was a very good experience to learn and get to know people. The best part is, we are all Migme’s Bloggers!

Sign up and follow me on Migme (http://mig.me) on my user ID @lemonfilm (http://mig.me/lemonfilm).

*All the photographs are taken by Alvin.

 

MigmeSG Event For Invited Bloggers

 

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Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Along the Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail, the town’s famous horse shoe block 78 nested a cafe at the quiet corner of Moh Guan Terrance. With a relatively small signage that stood on the grasses, they called themselves the Flock Cafe. Open at 8:00am daily, early birds can go to this remote cafe to enjoy a hot morning drink and breakfast before the start of the day. Tiong Bahru residents, you got yourself a good cosy spot.

Arriving Flock Cafe with my family in the late morning, the cafe house was not fully packed with guests. With slow pop music playing in the background and cosy orange lightings, this cafe gives a relax ambience. The seatings are comfortable, but the table to table distance could be a little close.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

The simple and neat three pages food menu serves All Day Breakfast, sandwiches, pastas, coffee and other beverages. The All Day Breakfast are priced between $7.50 and $21.50 and their coffee beans are from Liberty Coffee.

Serving up first were my two cups of hot Latte ($5.50) and Mocha ($6.00). Both beverages were nicely done. The Latte do not have the acidic aftertaste, but rather an intense bittersweet coffee taste. The Mocha was good, as it was not too sweet.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

My Scrambled Eggs and Croissant with Crispy Bacon ($14.90) has decent serving size. The croissant tasted buttery and fluffy on the inside, while the small bowl of fresh tomatoes and pickles at the side were crunchy. In general, this All Day Breakfast main is a simple breakfast for everyone.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

The Prawn, Avocado and Lemon Mayo Sandwich ($13.90) was good and served hot on my plate. The large cooked prawns were cut and nicely pressed between the bread together with chunks of avocados and lemon mayo spread.

 

Flock Cafe At Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail

 

The Flock Cafe at Tiong Bahru heritage trail is a nice and quiet place to get a book to read. After a meal, it is worth checking out the district for some very interesting shops along these heritage trail. Somehow or another, I love the estates in Tiong Bahru.

 

Address of my visit
Flock Cafe
78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-25
Tiong Bahru Estate
Singapore 162078

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 6:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6536 3938
Website: http://www.flock.sg

 

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Food For Thought At Botanic Gardens

Food For Thought At Botanic Gardens

Food For Thought at Botanic Gardens is a spacious cafe with a lovely outdoor playground for the children to play together. Located right under the taxi stand of Tanglin Gate, the large glass panels that allow natural sunshine into this cafe makes it excitingly beautiful. Food For Thought focuses on “Good Food for a Good Cause” whereby charitable projects are ran and they serves reasonably priced food menus with other food options for other crowds such as vegetarian, gluten-free and kids specialty meals without any service charge.

Driving the water consciousness campaign on behalf of the Living Water International, Food For Thought is giving free flow of water to their customers but they will appreciate if you can donate $2.00 to drive this wellness project for the unfortunates in Asia. This is quite inspirational.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Open from 8:00am to 9:00pm on Monday to Sunday, this family friendly cafe serves All Day Breakfast from the price range of $6.00 to $25.00. The All Day Breakfast menu includes Mee Rebus ($6.00), French Toast with Fresh Cream and Spiced Gula Melaka Syrup with Bacon ($8.00) and Full Works ($25.00) which includes chicken sausages, hash browns, garlic mushrooms and tomato salad. Their Mains & Grains, burgers, salads and soups will start serving from 11:00am onwards.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

With the coffee beans by Spinelli Coffee Singapore, the hot cups of Flat White and Cafe Latte ($5.00) were both pretty decent. Probably not the best coffee but will sure satisfy my morning coffee crave.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Calling this breakfast main as Basic Works ($9.00), this main is plated up with scrambled eggs, slices of pan-fried bacon and homemade butter brioche with caramel Kaya. A simple and delightful breakfast main that many people will like it.

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Trust me, kids love pancakes and chocolates. This perfect food combination will never go wrong and kids can never resist such a sweet treat. With my pancakes topped with fresh cream, spiced gula Melaka syrup, dark chocolates and berries ($14.00), this is sure a Chef Recommendation breakfast main. Sharing my pancakes with my little one, he kept saying “I want this one!” repeatedly. He really loves it!

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

After our breakfast, we brought our little one to the outdoor playground located just out the cafe, as he already got excited while having his breakfast. He had alot of fun climbing up, sliding down the slides and mingling with their children. This is surely playtime for him!

 

Food For Thought At Botanic Garden

 

Address of my review:
Food For Thought
1 Cluny Road,
Tanglin Gate, #B1-00
Singapore 259569

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 8:00am to 9:00pm (Last order at 8:30pm)

Telephone: (65) 6479 1080
Website: http://www.foodforthought.com.sg

 

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Miam Miam – French And Japanese Fusion

Miam Miam – French And Japanese Fusion

With both French and Japanese culinary fusion style, it sums up to this restaurant called Miam Miam in the newly revamped Bugis Junction shopping mall. Pride with the slogan of “Made from scratch daily!”, Miam Miam brings out the best ingredients and flavors of the Japanese cuisines together with the French’s cooking techniques. That makes it simply best of both worlds. The orange bulb lightings and industrial style of design seems to make this open concept restaurant the central of attraction in Bugis Junction. With the help of technology today, pressing the service button on the dining table will alert the service staffs. No more looking around and trying to catch their attention when you need assistance. For family with kids, Miam Miam or “yum yum” in French, has sofa seats available which will come in handy for the kids to sit more comfortably.

 

Miam Miam - The French And Japanese Fusion Restaurant

 

This restaurant’s food menu is comprehensive, serving fluffy baked Soufflé and French Toasts to homemade Japanese curry and the lighter taste of Japanese pasta. Rated delicious and “only in Miam Miam” was their Peanut Butter & Banana Milkshake ($8.20) and Berries Soda ($8.80). Miam Miam also served “superior quality green tea” such as Hot Matcha Latte ($6.80), Iced Matcha Latte With Matcha Softee ($8.80) and Matcha Hot Chocolate ($7.80). For caffeine addicts, Hot Coffee ($5.20), Iced Coffee ($6.20) and Iced Coffee With Softee ($7.20) does sound good too.

My Iced Coffee and Iced Coffee With Softee are both black coffee with the option to put some milk and sugar to enhance the taste. They were like Iced Americano. With a slightly sour aftertaste, the Iced Coffee With Softee will taste much better and creamier.

 

Miam Miam - The French And Japanese Fusion Restaurant

 

I have ordered the Riz Au Curry ($15.50) which is actually baked rice with homemade Japanese curry, pork frankfurters, broccoli, cheese and egg. Surprisingly, the Riz Au Curry was not spicy, tasted sweet and delicious. My little one really enjoyed this curry dish.

 

Miam Miam - The French And Japanese Fusion Restaurant

 

Next up was the Soufflé De Nuage ($15.50) which is the home-style fresh tomato sautéed rice topped with the fluffy baked clouds of eggs and cheese. When served on my table, the soufflé was wobbly and slicing it open could get a little messy. First taste? The outer layer of the soufflé was crusty while the inside was moist and the tomato sautéed rice had slices of ham and mushrooms.

 

Miam Miam - The French And Japanese Fusion Restaurant

 

Wait for fifteen minutes and here comes the Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé ($13.80). Heavenly chocolaty and moist inside, this freshly baked soufflé is a must try for all chocolate lovers.

 

Miam Miam - The French And Japanese Fusion Restaurant

 

My mains and dessert from Miam Miam at Bugis Junction were served fresh and really hot on my table. The iced water will be charged $0.50 per glass and it is refillable. The service staffs were prompt in attending to us when the service button was pressed. The overall impression of service and food were good and it is worth to give it a try when you happen to visit Bugis Junction.

 

Address of my review:
Miam Miam
#02-14 Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street
Singapore 188021

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6837 0301
Website: http://miam.sg

 

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