Celebrating Father’s Day At The Marmalade Pantry

Celebrating Father’s Day At The Marmalade Pantry

Right on Father’s Day, my wife decided to give me a lunch treat in The Marmalade Pantry located on the ground floor of Oasia Hotel. Serving meals at 10:30am, this restaurant’s ambience looks like a nice spot to chill out after a hard day’s work. Standing at the entrance, the staffs attended to us promptly and made us feel welcome to this dimly lighted modern bistro restaurant.

At a glance of The Marmalade Pantry’s food menu, it has quite a large spread of choices. They served pastas, sandwiches and other meat related mains. Well, it seems to me that this restaurant is very much focused on their pastries like tarts, cupcakes and cookies because of the wide varieties of selection. On the price tags of the food, a decent main of carbonara is priced at $25 and a Mexican Chicken Salad is priced at $22. Their cupcakes are all priced at $4.90 while a slice of cake is priced at $9. As for the taste, wait till I have ordered my Father Day’s lunch.

 

Celebrating Father's Day At Marmalade Pantry

Celebrating Father's Day At Marmalade Pantry

 

Instead of going for my usual coffee treat, I am having something healthier this time round. With the power to heal and detox, the Vitamin Booster ($9.50) is an iced cold glass of freshly squeezed apples, beetroots and carrots. This refreshing drink tasted very much earthly with a sweet aftertaste.

The purplish coloured drink is my Berries Smoothie ($10.50). Combined with strawberries and raspberries, having this drink was like tasting a fruity yoghurt ice-cream. I almost forgot, bananas are added too. Totally yummy!

 

Celebrating Father's Day At Marmalade Pantry

 

Served with chucks of lobster meat marinated with mayo and tobiko, the Miso Lobster ($34) is actually a burger style meal. The overall taste of this burger was good, just that the lobster meat was slightly saltish. This sesame burger sat well above my shoestring fries and having it with your hands could get messy.

 

Celebrating Father's Day At Marmalade Pantry

 

The caramelised apple sauce was a perfect sweet companion for the Pork Chop ($38). Finely grinded, the mashed potatoes spread across my plate was creamy smooth. The first slice of the pork chop in my mouth was tender and juicy, but the inner portion of the pork chop looked undercooked due to the pinkish colour of the meat. Despite one of the staff told me it is normal, I decided to skip it.

 

Celebrating Father's Day At Marmalade Pantry

 

The food prices are quite steep as the food portion wasn’t generous. When I have asked the staff regarding the pinkish look of my pork chop, she wasn’t confident with her answer. On the bright side, the Miso Lobsters and my beverages were still good.

 

Address of my visit
The Marmalade Pantry
Oasia Hotel
8 Sinaran Drive
#01-02/04
Singapore 307470

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 10:00 pm

Telephone: 6664 0348
Website: http://www.themarmaladepantry.com.sg

 

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DIY Home Gardening Activity

DIY Home Gardening Activity

Home gardening is a simple way to let our children understand the nature’s way of life. From a single seed to a full grown plant, we can teach our children about growing up, the importance of nutrients and learning to care for each other. Since gardening can be a low cost activity, every family can have fun doing it right at their doorsteps. Now, let me share with you my DIY home gardening journal on Father’s Day, Sunday.

Heading down to our local supermarket NTUC Fairprice, I have purchased a large pack of healthy soil, a pack of hot pepper (or chili padi) seeds and a pack of sunflower seeds. During my previous home gardening experience early this year, I bought a small pack of soil which cost me $2 from a gardening store. After three weeks, I got tons crawling maggots running in the soil. This time round, I bought a $7 soil which comes with fertilizers and pesticides. This makes it very convenient and easy for a gardening noob like me.

My gardening ingredients bought from NTUC Fairprice cost me less than $10. As for the flower pots, I have decided to reuse the large sized plastic cups from KOI. This is because their cups are tough, comes with clear marking and it’s transparency allows me to take a peek at the roots and the presence of water.

 

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

 

With my flower pots half-filled with soil, two seeds of the same type are placed in each flower pots. Clean water is then poured gently into the soil, making the soil moist and comfortable for the seeds. With the help of Mummy, Kayden had used the black marker to label down the names of the seeds in each flower pots.

 

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

 

Using cable ties, I tied up the flower pots onto the railings so that the seeds can have adequate amount of sunshine. Now, we have to wait four to six weeks before the seeds starts to germinate.

 

Planting Hot Peppers And Sunflowers At Home

 

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Two Bakers – From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

Two Bakers – From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

A former machinery store known as Hock Joo Hin has transformed itself from a time classic into an artisanal bakery cafe in 88 Horne Road. With the name Two Bakers and looking totally lovely from the outside, this cafe focuses itself on baking French and American pastries. They have also created bestsellers such as Le Chocolat Noir and éclairs with salted caramel and dark chocolate.

Using warm ambiance of lighting, the interior design of Two Bakers is spacious which gives a relax environment for their customers. This cafe even has their own fully equipped bakery kitchen which you can actually take a peek of the bakers preparing muffins and cakes.

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

With all the brunches served with their iconic well-toasted and rustic slices of bread with French Butter, the Two Bakers serves up to four different bunches including the The Carnivore Breakfast ($22.80), Truffle Omelette ($16.80), Petit Breakfast ($14.80) and Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon ($18.80). On their pasta menu, they served their chef’s recommendation of Duck Confit Fusilli ($21.80) and their spicy Crabmeat Vongole Linguine ($20.80).

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

If you are craving for something light, take a look at their Panini menu list. On the easy bite of multigrain breads, Two Bakers served Sun-Dried Tomato and Cheese ($9.80), Ham & Cheese ($9.80) and their Panini champion, the Mushroom Melt ($9.80). Now on their Fried List, Two Bakers has six varieties of finger food to choose from such as the savory mayo sauce’s 88 Fries ($14.80), Calamari Rings ($10.80) and tossed with spicy sauce, the Sweet Spicy Chicken Strips ($10.80).

Besides serving Two Bakers’ top quality crafted beer, they also served non-alchoholic beverages, specialty coffee and tea. You might want to check out their John Crabbie Lemon Ginger ($7.50) and Dirty Chai Latte ($6), which is a combination of chai latte and coffee.

Mixed with warm frothed fresh milk, the Matcha Latte ($5.50) was totally sugarless and had a stronger hint of matcha’s bitterness. Comparing to most cafes serving Matcha Latte, Two Bakers ain’t the best but it sure has the authentic lingering taste of Japanese matcha on my tongue.

Freshly brewed, the Flat White ($5) is sure a fabulous dosage of caffeine for coffee addicts. Low in acid taste with medium roast taste of coffee beans, the Flat White tasted light-hearted and creamy.

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

Crispy thin, the Hand Cut Luncheon Fries ($10.80) are fried until every strip of them cracks a sound in your mouth. Not as saltish as I thought, this side dish is worth checking out when you are dining in Two Bakers.

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

Prepared using three eggs and dark truffle paste, the Truffle Omelette ($16.80) is filled with cheese and slices of mushrooms, while the Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon ($18.80) comes in delicious for salmon lovers. Both Two Bakers’ brunches are served with their toasted rustic bread with French butter and a side mesclun mix salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

If you are not a salmon lover, you might not find the Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon palatable because the taste of salmon was overwhelmed. Nevertheless, the bread was good.

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

The Two Bakers at 88 Horne Road is a quiet cafe that is worth checking out for families. With it’s large seats and tables, it is a cafe to get comfortable with and do check out their colourful pastries before leaving this cafe.

 

Two Bakers - From Machinery Store To Modern Cafe

 

Address of my visit
Two Bakers
88 Horne Road
Singapore 209083

Opening Hours

Monday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday to Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday to Saturday: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Telephone: 6293 0329
Website: https://www.facebook.com/twobakers

 

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Let’s Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Let’s Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

In conjunction with SG50, my family and myself had flew to the Jurong Bird Park on Sunday morning. This Singapore attraction which is opened back in 1971 is proud to be the Asia’s Largest Bird Paradise. With up to 5000 birds kept in this park, these 400 species are well kept in their naturalistic habitat which they are free to roam freely. Managed by the Singapore Wildlife Reserves, the Jurong Bird Park has completed it’s major facelift in 2006. Now, the most popular bird sanctuary is back to charm the visitors from all over the world.

Despite the drizzling Sunday morning, it did not dampen our moods as those chirping sounds from the birds turned the dark gloomy clouds to a lively lovely morning. Next to the ticketing entrance is the Penguin Coast. Like a gigantic cinema screen, inside this dark explorer ship housed nearly 100 penguins including the endangering African penguins. Dressed in tuxedo-like, you can get to watch the penguins having fun swimming and watching errrmmmmm …… us!

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

For $5 per adult and $3 per child aged 3-12 years old, you can enjoy the tram ride in Jurong Bird Park. Right beside the Penguin Coast is the Main Station 1, where the beautiful Flamingos are resting and dipping themselves into the pool of water. Lovely bright colours!

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

Taking the tram to Main Station 2 would take about 1 minute. The voice behind the speakers will introduce the birds housed in the large cages such as the Hornbills, Royal Rambles and Toucans during the journey. Do catch the bright red Scarlet Ibis along the tram ride. They are beautiful!

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

In Main Station 2, the main attractions are the Pools Amphitheatre and Lory Loft. Starting the High Flyers Show at 11:00am and 3:00pm in the Pool Amphitheatre, you can catch the free-flying birds performances.

Earning it’s name as the world’s largest walk-in flight aviary that offers lush rainforest habitat, the Lory Loft is a about 9-storey high, covers 3,000 square metres and has more than 900 free flying colourful lories. We love the Lory Loft because we can get really close to these colourful Lories by serving them a special nectar mix. Yummy for them!

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

Traveling on our way to Waterfall Aviary at Station 3, it is time embrace yourself with the 30 metre tall waterfall with over 600 free-flying birds. Right at this station, the Jurong Bird Park hosted a parrot show and some fun filled activities to reminiscence the past history of Singapore such as guessing the name of the songs and our childhood games. To kickstart the program, the host got a really cheeky parrot which can sing and act pretty well. The host then asked the parrot to imitate laughter and crying. It did.

To make this parrot game more proactive, the host got Kayden to imitate a better version of crying. I am glad my boy is brave enough to step onto the limelight and participated.

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

We even have challenges such as which family can make the longest “zero point” rubber band ropes and blow the largest balloons within the given time. It was totally fun!

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

From Station 3, we took the tram back to Main Station 1 which we managed to catch the Pelicans at the Pelican Cove.

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

At the back of Main Station 1, there is a Birdz of Play water recreational playground where the children can enjoy themselves by splashing water. You can also catch the King of the Skies show at the Hawk Arena at 10:00am and 4:00am. This live performance show will brings out the ancient art of falconry. There is Breeding & Research Centre at Main Station 1 where you can get behind the scenes at the bird park’s bird nursery.

 

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Sunday Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

From the 6 June 2015 to 28 June 2015, Jurong Bird Park is hosting the “Generations of Fun!” program on the weekends. In various spots of the park, there are some mini old school games like chapteh, five stones and kuti-kuti which can be played. If the participant won, each will get a Tikam-Tikam coupon. These coupons can then be exchange for gifts such as the flag erasers, harmonica, card games and nostalgic snacks.

 

Let's Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

Let's Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

If you were a tourist coming to Singapore, I would recommend you to visit the Jurong Park Park and allocate more than half a day during this visit in your itinerary. In case of rain, do pack an umbrella and a towel as there wasn’t a lot of sheltered areas. Strollers, wheelchairs, Tiny Xplorers and lockers are available for rent on first come first serve basis. For my Muslim friends, a pray room is available for your convenience.

For more information, please do visit the Jurong Bird Park website for the latest updates. For now, our family selfie!

 

Let's Fly Back To Jurong Bird Park

 

Address of my visit
Jurong Bird Park
2 Jurong Hill
Singapore 628925

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday (including Public Holidays): 8:30am to 6:00pm

Telephone: 6265 0022
Website: http://www.birdpark.com.sg

 

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Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Exclusive to parenting bloggers in Singapore, Canon has invited me to attend their Fast Track photography program in Marina Bay Sands. Hosted in HY California restaurant, this 3 hours theory and practical course aim to teach beginners on the functionality and intelligence of your digital camera. Fret not if you are not a Canon user like myself, this Fast Track program do not restrict anyone from using other brands of digital cameras.

Conducted by Nugene Chiang, this course started off by teaching us in understanding apertures, controlling shutter speed, ISO controls and White Balance correction. Using the Auto Mode is easy as it relies on the intelligence of the digital camera, but when the intelligence of the camera doesn’t seem to work well, then these above four mentioned criteria will be very important. Before the outdoor practical class begins, Nugene wanted the bloggers to use Aperture or Shutter Priority mode only, putting the theory lessons into practical hands-on sessions.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

After the indoor theory class in HY California restaurant, the Singapore parenting bloggers shifted out of their comfort zone and moved under the hot scorching sun for some outdoor shots.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

Here are my photographs taken during the Canon’s Fast Track Workshop.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

After spending one hour under the sun, we have moved back into HY California Restaurant for our sumptuous four course Japanese fusion meal. Nugene then goes through a hands-on food photography class for the bloggers. Check out these lovely Mummy Bloggers in action!

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

For the starter, I have my Five Kinds of Daily Sashimi served on my table. No disappointment at all, my plate of sashimi were simply the taste of seafood goodness.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

Next up, the Sushi Roll Platter. Totally firmly rolled and delicious, wished I could have another plate.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

With sautéed mushrooms in creamy sauce , the chicken on my plate was tender and creamy.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

Topped onto the creamy mashed potatoes, the two thick slices of medium pan-fried beef were chewy and sweet.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

 

The Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop was well-structured and my personal thought is this a great learning class for beginners and intermediates. To name the most difficult photography technique which I have learnt during the class was the panning shot. Slow shutter, focus on the fast moving object, follow it and snap! To name the most fun photography technique will be the jumping shot.

If you are keen to sign up the Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop or any other Canon’s workshop, please click here for the link.

 

Canon Imaging Academy Fast Track Workshop

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Infographic On Understanding Blog Traffic

Infographic On Understanding Blog Traffic

I had a fruitful learning on understanding blog traffic from Vince Golangco of WhenInManila.com in Migme’s office last Friday. Vince Golangco is the Founder of WhenInManila.com, in which his blog has an estimated of over ten million impressions per day, about six millions viewers per month and very active social network communities with more than one million fans. His web traffic is audited by a global leading digital marketing firm and is ranked top 100 most viewed sites in Philippines by Alexa. That’s a pretty awesome track record I would say.

Dressed up in t-shirt and jeans, Vince hooked up his laptop into the projector and started to share his personal background and digital marketing techniques. I started to take out my notebook and pen to jot down as much information as I could, so that I could also share this knowledge with other people who are interested in growing their internet traffic. He ended his speech by sharing his favorite Michelangelo quote with the audiences:

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”

 

Vince Golangco of WhenInManila.com

 

To make information easier to digest for my readers, I have compressed the 1 hour presentation by Vince Golangco into 5 simple steps of understand blog traffic through the use of infographic.

 

Infographic On Understanding Blog Traffic

 

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