Genting

Day One

28.05.2017

Usually my family and I would book tickets for the bus to Genting, but with newly established routes that are somewhat bothersome (taking cable car for RM50 per person and pulling your luggage all the way to the hotel) for the elders in the family, we decided to hire a driver instead.

So we hired a driver for RM2,400 and we got there in about 5 hours. I personally prefer hiring a driver instead because it is much more convenient (eat and go to the toilet at your own time)!

We started our journey there at approximately 14 00 hours and we got there at 18 41 hours.

After checking in to our hotel, the first thing we wanted was food because we only stopped for toilet breaks.

Bubbles & Bites

Thus we decided to make our way to Bubbles & Bites which is at the Resort World area. It is a little far from the First World Hotel, and it is a little on the pricey side, but I think the pizza here is really good. Though I have to agree that it has deproved from their past (not as good and the menu options decreased as well).

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Day Two

29.05.2017

So while I was away, I was shopping and walking around mostly on my own because the adults were often in the casino.

Unfortunately, many shops have not opened yet. Thus for three days, I literally walked in and out of the same shops daily HAHA.

Madame Waffle

In the afternoon, I bought a Sea Salt Dark Chocolate waffle with Honey Lemon Tea for RM26.90 from Madame Waffle. Honestly I wouldn’t recommend it. The honey lemon tea took quite a while to brew and you could barely taste any honey in it. The waffle was not that great either. I didn’t really like the sauce. I would say that it wasn’t worth the price.

Imperial Rama

In the evening, I ate with the adults, thus we went to a fancy restaurant, Imperial Rama, that serves thai food and chinese food. Though pricey, the food here is really good. If you plan to get dessert, I highly recommend the almond one!

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Day Three

30.05.2017

Burger & Lobster

I have to highly recommend Burger & Lobster to you because it is really good! I got the original grilled lobster. The lemon butter sauce is so delicious you could drizzle it on everything on your plate. The cocktails here are also really strong HAHA.

They provide you with plastic gloves so that you don’t have to dirty your hands while having the time of your life. And if you happen to find that the gloves are not helping you, do not fret because there are multiple sinks for you to wash your hands squeaky clean after 🙂

But wait, this is not all that’s good about Burger & Lobster. The music also gets your body grooving. They do not play generic pop or dancehall kind of music, but it is a slightly more retro reggae vibe I guess?

Tampopo

I didn’t eat at Tampopo Ramen but I tried the Scoop cake and the Milk pudding and it was really good! The sponge in the Scoop cake is so soft and light and the cream is really fresh! The milk pudding comes with honey, and it tastes absolutely unique. It is the ultimate dessert I found in Genting Sky Avenue.

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Day Four

31.05.2017

KyoChon 1991

If you love korean chicken wings, this is definitely the place to go.

Like Burger & Lobster, they do provide gloves, but they only provide one.

The spicy wings there are actually really really spicy, and the soy garlic ones will definitely not disappoint you either. I would also suggest getting the honey wings!

I think my favourite part about this place is that you get to mix and match. So you can get 4 pieces of soy garlic and 4 pieces of salsa wings (because 8 pieces is the least). Please do give this place a visit!

Morganfield’s

Do not let the price of each plate fool you. Their servings are actually huge. Unless you have a blackhole for a stomach, it is best for you to share your food because I almost wanted to puke after finishing my meal HAHAHA.

I think the most unique thing here is their onion rings. They are sweet and fresh unlike all the onion rings I’ve had in the past.

Do try the Hoegaarden beer here. It is the most fragant beer I’ve ever tasted, with zero bitterness! It was just amazing.

Tokyo Secret

If you do have a separate stomach for desserts, Tokyo Secret make really good tarts!

The original tart is definitely the best, but you can also give the Matcha (there are azuki beans lining the bottom) and Hazelnut (there’s glitter 🙂 ) ones a try! There is also a sweet potato version if you ever feel adventurous!

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And with that, my food adventures came to an end.

If you are planning to go to Genting, I would recommend to postpone your plans until the theme park opens, or until most of the retail stores have opened, unless you’re a foodie or a gambler HAHA.

For shoppers, there really isn’t much to see 😦

But nevertheless, it was great being able to just relax my mind during my time there 🙂

Warmest hugs,

e.clair

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Cruise Trip (Royal Carribean, Ovation of the Seas)

This is definitely a throwback in time!

06.03.2017 – 11.03.2017

 

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If Titanic is the ship of dreams in the 19th century, then Ovation of the Seas is definitely the ship of dreams of the 21st century for me.

The friendly staff and the cozy yet glamorous environment really makes you feel like you’re in another dimension altogether.

Your room is cleaned two times a day (late morning and evening), and in the evening they will leave an entire list of activities that will be going on for the next day.

Some activities like NorthStar 360°, RipCord by iFly and FlowRider would require advanced booking (totally free by the way), and all you have to do is choose your preferred time slot via the available iPads at the kiosk.

If you are thinking of going on the little tours, you can also book and get your tickets at the kiosk.

However, if you just want to relax on board, rest assure they’ve got you covered!

For humans of all ages, you can enjoy a range of sports and activities at the Seaplex. In the evening, I personally recommend everyone to have fun with BumperCars!! But do queue early if you have night activities planned out for yourself 🙂

There is also an outdoor and an indoor swimming pool (jacuzzi as well). And if you’re really hot, free ice cream will be there to save you 😉

If you exercise frequently, there is a running track on the deck, and a gym waiting for you. Of course I have to say that there is a VitalitySpa for the ladies out there, and it is located right next to the gym 🙂

For all the food lovers out there, I have to say that Windjammer Marketplace, Jamie’s Italian (requires extra payment) and Chops Grille (for formal night) are my top 3 places!

Just a quick side track, do dress your ultimate best for formal night and have lots of fun with your company 😀 I went in alone but I had an awesome time just absorbing the experience of fine dining ❤

At night, I love to watch movies on the deck. There is the outdoor movie thing and it is really relaxing just watching movies on a sunbed under a starry sky.

Then I like to go to Bolero to listen to the band play some songs whilst sipping on alcohol (Cali Cooler is my favourite). Please also give the Bionic Bar a go (requires extra payment)! If you do not want to spend the money, it is still pretty mesmerising to watch the bots shakin’ it up!

And when the clock strikes 12, I’ll be in the Music Hall dancing with strangers who became my friends 😉

Cheeky little tip, if you need some food after all that alcohol, go to Sorrento’s for some pizza (yes it is open 24/7!). My mom says that they made the best pizzas she ever tasted 😀

If anyone is planning to go or have went, please share your experiences too as I’d love to hear them 🙂

 

Warmest hugs,

e.clair ♥

Imaginarium

18.05.2017

One of my best friends and I decided to go to Singapore Arts Museum together. I am Singaporean and I’ve lived here for almost 20 years now. But I’m pretty sure I haven’t been to Singapore Arts Museum HAHA (yes, I do need to get out more).

Sadly, it was under renovation. Yet luckily, the security guard told us that there was an event called ‘Imaginarium’ being held just around the corner.

The exhibition takes up a total of four levels of a little building. And good news, admission is free!

First Level

“Lizard’s Tail” by Hiromi Tango

The moment you enter the building, you’ll be welcomed by multiple ‘tails’ draped across the walls. There is an entire room dedicated to this piece by Hiromi Tango. The best part? You can actually shake (gently) every hanging tail. The bells tied to each tail rings a different, beautiful sound!

You can take a seat in the centre and get someone to take a photo of you! (I didn’t because I was scared that it would break HAHA.) If you decide to go alone, do not worry because I’m sure that the friendly staff would be more than willing to help you snap a picture or two.

The Original Selfie Machine

Right next to the entrance is a photobooth! All you need is $2 (either a $2 bill or 2 dollar coins)!

Due to space constraint in the booth, I think you could fit 2 people at most. If you’re going with a large group of people, either take turns or take individually and cut them out for your friends HAHA. I think you could actually make a really nice collage with all the photos. 😉

Second Level

Moving Image Gallery

They have a little cinema that plays 6 short films for 44 minutes on loop. Sadly we were short of time, so we left after watching an animated short film titled “Way of Giants” by Alois Di Leo which was really cool!

Workshops

I did not participate in any, but if you have the time, and the creative genius in you doesn’t mind making an appearance, please do go for it!

Just a heads up, it would be best to check out the dates and prices before going. I will provide a link at the end of this post!

Third Level

 

If I had to pick my favourite level out of all 4 levels, this level is definitely in the lead.

“The Origin: The Tree and Me & The Unborn” by Nandita Mukand

This is a really bad picture, and it doesn’t do it justice at all 😦 .

Have you ever looked at a tree and go, “Omg this looks like ___!” ? Hopefully I’m not the only one because I see the size profile of a human.

This piece was made from pine cones, newspaper, vegetables, grass, henna, coffee, cypress seeds, tumeric and so on so forth, so it really piqued my interest.

It really proves just how much effort an artist is willing to put into his/ her work.

Other than the materials used, the meaning behind this art piece also gained my interest.

The artist, Nandita Mukand, was inspired by her ‘long walks admist nature’. And the reason she used all those materials is probably because they originated from plants.

The little excerpt that was on the wall wrote, “Some of the greatest trees sprout from the tiniest seeds, and each little seed conceals wondrous potential for growth and development. Trees live extraordinarily long lives, can you imagine the number of stories they would have overheard from people walking beneath them over the years? Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could hear the stories they had to share?”

Don’t you just agree?

“My Wonderful Dream” by Eko Nugroho

It was like being transported into another world. The unique sculptures, along with the quirky paintings on the walls, really stops you in your tracks.

I think the blue walls made me feel really calm despite all the drawings and out-of-the-world sculptures.

It truly felt like I was in a trance.

“Wanderland” by Mary Bernadette Lee

It is probably my most favourite space to be in in the entire building because the atmosphere is just really quirky and fun! Possibly because the exhibition is created based on the artist’s childhood memories (that’s what one of the staff said).

All the textures, the colours and the shapes, all seem so nostalgic. I was a child running wild in there HAHA.

But of course, not everyone’s interpretation is the same and I think that’s what makes art even more inspiring to me.

Also I’m really sorry for being a horrible model HAHA. I’m definitely the most unphotogenic person I know.

Fourth Level

“LICENSE2DRAW” by Uudam Tran Nguyen

This is the most interactive exhibition whereby you can use the available devices to draw in real time! Well my friend and I didn’t draw or anything but it looked really cool HAHA. Unfortunately home girl was more interested in the rainbow on the wall which is not part of the exhibition!

Something I found out is that you can also download the “License2Draw” application on your mobile phones to join in the fun?!

I’m not sure if it works, but if you gave it a try, do let me know in the comments!

“Floating Mountain” by Unchalee Anantawat

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought of the movie, Avatar?

Just saying beforehand, this is a no-touch zone. I didn’t get the memo and touched one of the ‘clouds’ 😦

All the sculptures look like it came right out of a storybook don’t you think?


To be really honest, I was pleasantly surprised by Imaginarium.

Frankly speaking though I am a sucker for any type of performing arts, however, when it comes to visual arts, I’m not as hyped up. So I went there thinking that I’d just be looking at a couple of sculptures or framed pictures but I went home with an even greater respect for visual art and the artists around the world as well.

If you have an hour or two, I think that it’d be great if you could go down and have a look! Perhaps it may inspire you in ways you couldn’t imagine?

Before I end today’s post, I want to thank my best friend for the amazing pictures she took of me hehe ❤

And as promised, this is the link for you to check it out! 😀

Warmest hugs,

e.clair ♥

Altimate

So last friday, I went to an actual club for the first time in my life!

I went to Altimate which is located right next to Raffles Place MRT Exit B. Location wise, it is pretty convenient! And it is also pretty close to the Singapore River.

We drank before we went in so I’m not too sure how pricey their drinks are. I entered through a guest list so I didn’t pay HAHA. But my friend did mention something about $20 for cover?

You’ll be directed to a lift whereby you’d be taken to the 61st floor.

You’re immediately welcomed by loud music, lasers and fog after passing the security. It feels like you’re transported into a container full of tipsy people having a party.

I don’t think I can tell you if this club is any good because this is the only club I have been to?

Oh well, that really concludes my special place for the week. How about you? Have you been anywhere interesting?

Warmest hugs,

e.clair ♥

Bintan Trip

Over the weekends, I went to Bintan with two of my friends!

06.05.2017

Arriving at the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore, I found out that our booking was not processed. But thankfully, we got to buy the tickets on the spot (SGD $62 per person).

The three of us took a 1 hour and 15 minutes ferry ride to the Bintan Lagoon Terminal located at Bintan Lagoon Resorts.

All the odds seemed to go against us as when we reached, it started pouring and we were super bummed because we were looking forward to all the activities we had in store for ourselves.

Instead, we took a taxi (there are no buses/ trains) to Pujasera and ate at the local hawker centre. It was SGD $20 (calling a taxi from Bintan Lagoon Resorts is really pricey).

Apparently, we got a deal from the taxi driver. If we go to the massage centre, they will arrange for someone to drive us to our apartment for free.

Afraid that we’d be lost (which would probably have happened), we agreed on the Aromatic Oil massage which was quite costly (SGD $38).

So after our massage (not-so-good-massage) and some food (also not too good) at the hawker centre, we went on to buy some supplies like bottled water which only cost us SGD $0.50 for a 1.5 litre bottle!

The journey to our apartment at Bintan Services Apartment (or also known as Bintan Lodge) was really surprisingly short HAHA!

As it was still drizzling, we decided to get comfortable in our apartment first.

To be honest, I was expecting dirty floors and stuff as it is a 1-star apartment from the reviews. However, it was shockingly spacious and more importantly, not a cockroach in sight!

The moment you open the door, you see a round table with a glass top and four dainty wooden chairs surrounding it. On the table lies 3 bottles of distilled water.

To your left, there is a dark brown leather sofa with two more single seater couches on each side. In the middle is a low coffee table with a glass top, and against the wall is the television atop of a mahoghany wooden television console.

As you walk in, you see a kitchen with a functional fridge and kettle to your left and as you walk further, you see a toilet with a spare roll of toilet paper, again to your left.

Ahead of you would be two rooms – a room with a queen sized bed, open cabinet and a vanity, and a room with two single beds, open cabinet and a vanity as well.

The apartment had a high ceiling with white walls and marble white flooring. Ideal for instagram. However, due to the bad lighting, it wasn’t as ideal.

Fortunately, my sixth sense did not pick up any special presence there as well!

Anyway, after the skies finally cleared, we made our way down to Treasure Bay in a taxi.

Treasure Bay

With an entrance fee of SGD $10, we went for the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) activity which costs SGD $35.

If I didn’t remember wrongly, there was also a need for a deposit of SGD $5 for the rubber wristband which would act as a credit card. We had the option of using card payment or cash payment, but of course we chose cash payment since we were only there for the ATV.

However, there is a lot of activities including water sports at Treasure Bay, so you could check them out!

 

The trail for this activity was really super fun.

The instructor let us practice for awhile before bringing us with him on the trail, a forest trail.

It was especially nice driving with nature surrounding us. However if you are going there after a downpour, you may want to wear short and slippers instead, or something that you don’t mind getting dirty. Mainly because it will get REALLY dirty HAHA!

At first I was so conscious of all the puddles, making sure to avoid them, or putting my legs up when I had to ‘dive’ into a puddle. But at the end, splashing in them was pretty fun so I just went ahead HAHA!

The activity time states 40 minutes but I’m sure we were there for well over an hour!

Well after this, we all had to go back to wash up because we were all covered in mud HAHA.

So initially we wanted to complete more activities at Nirwana Resorts, however, their activities are only open from 09 00 to 17 00 (Bintan Time). Thus we decided to go to Kelong Seafood Restaurant and Calypso Bar at Nirwana Resorts for dinner, but unfortunately it was a little pricey for us.

In the end, after taking a whole bunch of photos, we went to Dino Bistro at Nirwana Resorts (which I didn’t take a picture of 😦 ) instead. I ate Bolognese for SGD $17.80. My friends got Fish & Chips for SGD $18.60 and Beef Fajitas for the same price!

After a night of catching up, we went back to our apartment.

07.05.2017

Nirwana Resorts

The next morning, we quickly got ready and packed our bags to check out before heading out.

Once we got there, we rushed to do Flying Fox (SGD $14 each) and Archery (SGD $12 each). It was slightly more expensive as we were not in-house guests. We were contemplating if we should do Archery at Bintan Lagoon Resorts as we heard that it only costs SGD $5, however unfortunately, the skies were dark again, hence we went ahead and did it.

Both activities were quite fun though incomparable to our ATV experience.

We had to climb up an almost vertical ladder to the starting point which was pretty intimidating. But flying down from the tower was liberating. I caught a gorgeous view of the sea and dense forest.

For Archery, we were given 25 arrows each. Though I couldn’t find my inner Katniss Everdeen, I was quite contented with myself HAHA. Guess this further proves that I am not a Sagittarius, but rather an Ophiuchus.

Lagoi Bay

After all that fun in Nirwana Resorts, we got ourselves to Lagoi Bay.

We really wanted to go to FlyBoyz Beach Bar and the weekend bazaar, but we couldn’t find both. So we ended up eating some chinese food at Helo Helo which cost SGD $4.80 each.

The beach there is beautiful with plenty of white sand. However, it’s probably best to wear slippers there because there are little crabs when you walk further down during a low tide!

After an afternoon there, we headed back to Bintan Lagoon Resorts to get on the ferry back to Singapore.

Overall, I would say Bintan was a 3/5.

It is really pricey compared to other parts of Indonesia like Batam.

If you decide to go to Bintan one day, I would recommend staying at either Nirwana Resorts, Bintan Lagoon Resorts or even Lagoi Resorts because we wasted a lot of money on taxi fares.

There are plenty of activities at each resort, plenty of good food (with free breakfast) and also fast wifi in the lobby!

Warmest hugs,

e.clair ♥

ArtBox Singapore

I’m sure most of us have been to that one event where it felt like you had to hold your breath throughout the entire way.

This was one of those events for me.

As many of you probably know, I have anxiety (click here if you don’t), but I am trying to conquer my fears. So this felt like a good opportunity.

I went on the opening day so I was expecting a large crowd. But nothing prepared me for what actually happened.

So, when we first got there, we couldn’t actually see what was going on because of all the containers surrounding the venue. But once we were actually at the scene, I could feel my muscles tightening, and fear was slowly creeping up on me.

I feared that I’d have a panic attack and I wouldn’t be able to run. I feared that people would bang into my ear.

Fortunately for me, I wasn’t alone. I had two friends with me and we held hands most of the time, so that made me feel much safer HAHA.

If you wanted to stop by at a stall, you had to slowly cut through the constantly moving lines of people. And there was really limited space at the stall for you to browse through their stuff too.

I think I said either ‘excuse me’ or ‘sorry’ every 10 seconds.

In the end, I only got one thing from the entire event which I’m absolutely in love with.

At the end of the day, my friends and I went to The Ramen Stall at Nicoll Highway for dinner, which was quite good to be honest!

It was just such a shame that I couldn’t actually enjoy the full experience because I was busy getting out of people’s way.

Warmest hugs,

e.clair ♥

iLight

Two days ago, I walked around alone as usual. Truth to be told, I have never been to this place all my life even though I am a Singaporean. Though I am more of a nature-view kind of person, I can see why many tourists say that Singapore is beautiful.

These few pictures is what I got from walking around the area. They are in pretty bad quality but oh well.. That’s what you get with a phone camera.

I walked from Promenade MRT station to Marina Bay Waterfront where the Art Zoo was (which I didn’t get a photo of), and then I walked further down to Makansutra Gluttons Bay and finally to Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

Anyway, So sorry for not posting yesterday! I thought that I’d be home after my surgery but I had to stay the night. And thank you to all my friends for sending me well wishes 🙂

I feel much better now though I get really dizzy from time to time. I don’t think I can stand or sit upright for a long time. :/

Warmest hugs,

e.clair ♥