Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Whole & Hearty in Icon Village : Healthy Breakfast Bar

Mommy would always tell us that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Well, what she forgot to mention is that it can also be the most exciting one too. You see, I normally wake up feeling hungry that the first question that enters my mind is "what should I eat this morning?" So, it is always so exciting for me to plan what should I have for my first meal of the day.

For the past year, breakfast for me would either be of two things:
a) a bowl of instant oatmeal in chocolate or banana honey flavor
b) a bowl of fruity yogurt with my favorite whole grain cereals on top

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Gone are the days wherein I would have rice for breakfast. Perhaps, the only times I'd have my ever-reliable silog is when I'm in Manila. Living here in the Lion City, I've become more conscious of what I eat and that includes getting into the habit of starting my day right. While I love my two breakfast options dearly, I have to admit that it can get tiring to have this every single day. Luckily, my friend D and I chanced upon Whole & Hearty which is located at the Icon Village, just a few skips away from our office.

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Whole & Hearty is a breakfast buffet bar where you get a wide selection of homemade yogurt, oats, a multitude of nuts, peanut butter and fruits! The drill is simple. All you have to do is to decide which bowl to get. There are three sizes for this: small (S$4.50), medium (S$6.80) and large (S$8.50).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At a Glance: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Here's a quick guide to help you all when planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

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Where to stay
Novotel Kuala Lumpur: 2010, 2014

Restaurants / Food Establishments
Nando's Peri-Peri ♥ ♥ ♥
SkyBar, Traders Hotel KL ♥ ♥ ♥
Yeast Bistronomy ♥ ♥ ♥

What to see around Kuala Lumpur
Acquaria KLCC
Jalan Petailing (Chinatown), Jalan Alor and Bukit Bintang
Petronas Twin Towers

♥ ♥ ♥ - highly recommended

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hotel Review: Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

During our quick weekend getaway in Kuala Lumpur, my sister offered to make use of her accumulated miles to fully pay for our 2 nights hotel accommodation at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. Thank goodness for jet-setting little sisters who got a substantial amount of miles that needed to be redeemed soon! The best part about this is that the choices available were really nice. It was pretty much choosing from a number of 5-star hotels in the city. What a good problem to have!

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Sheraton Imperial Hotel is one of the premier hotels in Kuala Lumpur. It's located along the busy Jalan Sultan Ismail where the nearest monorel station (Medan Tuanku) is just right beside the hotel's entrance. It's quite convenient to go to the busy shopping area (Bukit Bintang) or to have some late night snack at Jalan Alor. Sadly, the KLCC area is a bit out of the way as it's too near to take a cab to but a bit too far to walk. The hotel is also beside a street called Heritage Walk, it's lined up with bars and pubs which lights the street up at night.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Yeast Bistronomy in Kuala Lumpur

As much as the idea of staying in bed for the entire day and to just laze around the hotel room sounds so inviting, this is normally not the case whenever I travel. For someone who loves to take it easy and slow, my travel itinerary is always planned around meals. This means, I should have breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks in between. No time can ever be wasted as there are just so much to try and oftentimes, so little time to do them all.

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So, during our quick weekend getaway to Kuala Lumpur, we were up and out of the hotel at 8am on a Saturday morning. Our breakfast destination was at Bangsar, a town located at the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. I'm guessing that this place is majority residential so it's interesting to note that there are quite a number of must-visit cafes and restaurants that recently opened in this area. One of those has been rated as one of the best brunch places in Kuala Lumpur.

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I guess a lot of people had the same plan of having breakfast at Yeast as the place was packed and we sadly had to wait for 15 minutes for a table to clear up. Luckily, service was really fast as we immediately got our orders within minutes of placing them. The menu was quite simple with a couple of egg dishes and a wide assortment of baked pastries and bread.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SkyBar at Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur : The Best Rooftop Bar in town!

They say, traveling is always a good thing. No matter how short or long the journey may be, rest assured that you'll return home richer -- not necessarily monetarily but in knowledge. The experience and the people you'll encounter along the way will give you a better idea about the country's culture, way of life and its rich history too. I'm lucky that my parents made sure that Pan and I got to travel early on in our lives. School, after all, can only teach you so much, but learning a new language or being exposed to something that's unfamiliar to us will always bring about a lot of memories and new learnings. This is also why we're such travel fanatics till this day.

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So, it has just been a few months since my last visit to Kuala Lumpur and there I was again last weekend. The trip was pretty much spontaneous as it just came about as I was chatting with my sister one afternoon. She commented that she hasn't been to the Petronas Towers and knowing her fascination in visiting the tallest towers in the world, I suggested that we go for a quick weekend visit. Over the next hours, tickets were booked, our hotel room reserved and a 3 day itinerary was drafted up.

Kuala Lumpur, to me, is a really busy city. It's not exactly the type where you can just unwind and chill like Boracay nor is it an ultra modern cosmopolitan like Hong Kong. At times, walking around still scares me as I have that uncertainty on how to get from point A to B in the quickest, safest way. So, often times, I'd say that I'm pretty much done with KL as I've seen what I've wanted to see anyway. Well, it seems like these lovely Twin Towers want me back more often as the recent weekend trip marked my 3rd return to Kuala Lumpur.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Feast #2 at MELT, Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Tis the season of endless eating *falalalala lalalalaaaaa*

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Here's the second installment of my Christmas Feast series in the Lion City! Recently, I had one of the yummiest lunch breaks that I've ever had in the history of my career here in Singapore. It was c/o the sweet folks over at Mandarin Oriental as I was given the chance to be part of the exclusive sneak peek of their Christmas offering. Normally, dining at MELT means indulging to our tummies delight at their famous buffet spread. This time though, I was led towards a long table where fellow bloggers and media friends were seated. Christmas, after all, is all about sharing and having the entire family together for a good meal and that's exactly what we had that day.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Chabuton Ramen Singapore in 313 Somerset

I love it when friends come to visit and even more when they would take the time out to drop me a message and to spend a good meal with me and Paul! Really, I know how crazy a tourist's schedule can be so I really do try my best to make the most of the time set aside for me. I really do feel the love, dear friends. You guys know who you are. ♥

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So, when my high school seat mate and good friend J flew in to Singapore for her business trip, I made it a point to do a good research on where to take her out for dinner. I'm glad that J is also such a foodie like Paul and I so she was pretty much game to go anywhere. It was perfect timing also that she came just around the time that Chabuton Ramen opened its first branch at 313 Somerset and the buzz about it went around for months! Singapore is indeed abundant when it comes to ramen places but every time one opens, expect to see a long queue outside without fail. It just goes to show how much we love our bowls of ramen just as much as we can't get over our plates of Hainanese Chicken Rice and Char Kuey Teow.

Chabuton Ramen is the brainchild of Michelin-starred Chef Yasuji Morizumi who was hailed as the "King of Ramen" in Tokyo, Japan. Wow! Reading this short description about Chabuton and its founder was enough to pull my expectation way way way up there.

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