Staycation – nail spa

Another Staycation. This time I’m getting my nails done at Belle Lady at Orchard Gateway. Perhaps its their way of getting staff trained. Its a reasonable price at Groupon and many other nail spas offer the gelish manicure or pedicure.

Belle Lady is opposite the Library at Orchard. I borrowed a book on productivity to read while doing my nails.

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My own foot bath.

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My nails really take a beating and need some pampering. I will return for a soak off. She asked me to do a $20 add on callus removal. Oh well. Why not.

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Cross over the underpass, pass by Lady M Millecrepe, Tokyu Hands for Japanese shopping experience to Centrepoint for Chicken Up, Korean soya sauce Chicken wings.

And next door to Honolulu Cafe for Hong Kong egg tarts. There’s a 5pm-8pm offer. Buy 2 get 1 free. Snack time. Yumms. I almost forgot I am in Singapore. Taking the bus home.

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Update
After I came home and found out that most bloggers wrote about the Honolulu Egg Tarts ($1.70 each) being sold out by 1pm. It “is probably the flakiest egg tart you will ever come across in Singapore. Made by freezing the dough overnight to fold 192 layers, the egg tart is exceedingly crispy and is pleasing to your taste buds.”

I really liked the tarts. Why was I charged $4.05 for 2 tarts? GST? I didnt like the pastry but the filling was so creamy with a special fragrance. Eaten fresh and warm, its truly the best egg tart in Singapore.

I didnt have to queue at 6pm. Or rather, there was only 1 person ahead of me. I will likely return.

Fresh from oven. These are oven times. Centrepoint is quite empty during weekdays. Although the streets are full of pedestrains. So do enjoy yourself.

Staycation at Novotel Clarke Quay, The Square

School holidays are around the corner. But as I’m teaching in university, there’s no way I can spend  time with my nieces and nephews. Good aunty as I am, I decided to just bring them out for lunch. 

Children in our family like buffet a lot. They do not seem to consider that the items in buffet while wide spread are usually not expensive, eg pasta etc.

But hey, let’s try something different. Having lunch at a hotel. The Square, Novotel Clarke Quay is having a promotion for senior citizens. Groupon has a discount at the same hotel. So I decided to bring my mom and the kids out. The party size got larger.

We chose The Square at Novotel Clarke Quay. It’s very reasonably priced. Groupon promotion is $30.50 per pax. Hotel promotion for senior citizens is $28.50++, children 5-12 years old is $19.50++.

I loved the ambience, the large windows letting in sunlight from the swimming pool. The child friendly activities by the washroom. The service staff are very friendly.

After this experience, I’m likely to come again.  For 2 hours, you get the happy feeling of lunch in a hotel away from home, the feeling of a nice spread and a chocolate fondue fountain. Willy Wonka chocolate factory feeling of indulgence.

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Ice shaving machine with cendol condiments. 

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So many condiments to choose from.

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For dessert, there’s a very tall chocolate fondue fountain, durian penyet, cendol, 4 varieties of cakes, jellies in shooter shots, fruits, and 6 flavours of ice cream.

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Enough to make me ready for a nice weekend after a long week.

Happy Teachers Day to my fellow teachers.

Staycation – Ubin Day 2016

After my climb to Mt Kinabalu in May, we’ve no plans to travel. Don’t feel sorry for me because I’m enjoying Singapore!
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On Saturday, I went to Pulau Ubin for Ubin Day which is a month long celebration with activities and ends next week. Catch a ferry from Changi Ferry Terminal. Each boat ride costs $3 for one way. No tickets, just pay the boat owner.

It was drizzling but nice and cool. I’d a raincoat and an umbrella. Do bring insect repellant, a bottle of water and some snacks if you’re with kids. Otherwise just buy at the Changi Village hawker centre next to the Ferry Terminal.

I enjoyed very much the kampong trail guided walk which I understand will be free every 3rd Saturday even after Ubin Day.
Check out:
https://www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/pulau-ubin-and-chek-jawa

I’ve been to the chek jawa conservation biodiversity tour 6 years ago. Do sign up for the limited spaces.

On the Kampung tour, you see fruit trees close up. Like this assam tamarind tree.
Belimbling
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Have you seen such huge blue pea flowers – natural blue dye for staining rice.

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Did you know banana flowers can be eaten? Like a salad.
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Ginger flower for rojak. Smells so fragrant.

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Even durian tree – golden leaves.
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And golden papaya.

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Our guide Evelyn telling us how she used to pump up the kerosene lamps before we had electricity. Nostalgia as many of us shared the same experience of a childhood in Singapore village life.
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Bed before mattress. A family huddled on this hard thing.
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We all had this refrigerator – where food is stored and little bowls filled with kerosene to prevent unwanted little intruders from getting to our food.
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See you next weekend.
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A day of sun, sea and fresh air. And memories.
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Visit to Senoko Fishery Port at 2am

Buy by the basket

Buy by the basket

Night's catch in Styrofoam Boxes

Night’s catch in Styrofoam Boxes

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Batang

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Beauty in Boots

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Early this morning, we went to the Senoko Fishery Port. My SIL V suggested this visit and what an adventure.  Driving through the pitch dark night into the Woodlands area we arrived at a part of town that was bustling with activity at 2am – hauling the day’s catch for some of the best restaurants in Singapore.

Hot bods of tattooed macho men galore, that this place is run by AVA is very reassuring. Be prepared to surrender  your Identity Card to Security guards at the gantry – one per car.  The shirt-shorn men, probably did so for laundry convenience, as the fish smell stays on your shirts.

Like all great adventures, we had to be decked out appropriately.  V warned us about the slippery floor and the fishy smell which could attach on to the car seats and even your slippers for weeks on end.  Not possessing any crocs, or covered plastic foot-wear, we decided to wear our sailing booties (which had been slipping in the storeroom since our last sailing class).

The logistics preparation is another feat in itself.  V prepared two Styrofoam boxes to contain the bounty, and lined her car boot with newspaper to catch leaking smelly fish water.  Where to get the Styrofoam boxes, you ask.   Fruit-sellers at the market.  Judging by how clean and pristine the boxes look, V must have gotten them scrubbed clean before putting them into her car.  In a different age and generation, she could qualify as strong candidate for General in the Army.  A once-single Jeff Bezos was asked what quality he looked for in a future spouse, cited resourcefulness.  Sorry, she’s taken.

Most of the fish agents sell by the baskets.  Some do entertain requests from small-time buyers like ourselves, as long as we get out of the way of the excitement.   We got 1 kg of glass prawns for$15.   V got 2 silver pomfrets for $12 which if consumed at a mid-size Teochew eatery would cost #60-$80 per steamed pomfret.   (I’m not even talking about Teowchew restaurants in swanky malls.)  But one silver pomfret cost about $9 at the wet market, not a big price difference if you consider the red-eye journey and cleaning and scraping of fish scales, services which the wet market provides and ensures the distributor aka fish monger has a decent living to make.

Covered footwear to prevent itch from fish water

Covered footwear to prevent itch from fish water

Bloody sting ray before it hits your BBQ t Newton

Bloody sting ray before it hits your BBQ t Newton

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