Monday, July 25, 2016

Ninja Bowl at Duxton Hill, Singapore

People walk in and out of our lives but the real challenge lies in being able to leave an impactful mark for them to remember you by. I know it's a Monday and I'm not talking about death just in case you're wondering. I'm talking the work place and the people you get to work with. A typical corporate set-up will allow you to get to know a lot of people but admit it, there's only a handful of them you eventually become close with. They're the ones whom you'd probably realized that you share the same interest with or their personalities just match yours making their presence such a pleasure to have around.

Take for example my former colleague A. I had the privilege to work with her on several accounts and luckily we got along right from that start. Perhaps it's because we're always on the same wave length so it was a breeze working with her as we both believed and aimed for the same thing. So, when A came up to me one day and told me that she's leaving, my heart sank. I know that we will still remain friends outside work but I was so sad that I won't be seeing her on a daily basis. Oh did I also mentioned that A is also a foodie? We love trying the new restaurants around our office area and so for her going away lunch, I made it a point to take her to one of the newest cafes that I've been dying to try too.

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Ninja Bowl, at some point, was the main highlight of my Instagram feed where fellow food bloggers and local foodies have been sharing their pretty lunch bowls on a daily basis. A quick scan at Ninja Bowl's website gave me the impression that they specialize in healthy lunch bowls where customers can choose the base (salads or grains) that will match with their meat of choice. It's not very customizable but they sure have a lot of interesting choices on the menu. Another colleague E joined us for lunch too and being vegetarian, I was pretty confident that she'll be happy with the options available at Ninja Bowl.

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True enough, she got the Geisha (S$14) which was further customized to suit her dietary requirements. For an all-veggie bowl, I got to say that this is probably the prettiest I've ever seen in my life. E was so happy at how flexible they were and her veggie bowl turned out to be very yummy too.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bridge Bistro and Beacon Bar at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club

For the many years that Paul and I have been living here in the Lion City, friends and family would sometimes ask us if we feel that "Singapore is boring." Every single time, we would tell them that we have never felt that way about this beautiful Little Red Dot and in fact, we always end up having an action-packed weekend filled with all sorts of activities. I always believe that one's perception of one's home is fully dependent on the person. Sure, we have friends who would rather travel to another country every other weekend while others would fall into a home-gym-grocery-mall-home routine week after week thus it's easy for them to say that there's nothing much to do here.

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I always believe that all it takes is a bit of creativity and an open mind and heart to what could be endless possibilities. Take one of our Sundays for example. It was supposed to be a lazy, event-less Sunday but Paul and I decided to explore our new neighborhood most particularly West Coast Park. We've been to the East Coast Park and saw a lot of people jogging, cycling, having a picnic and even camping. We wondered if this is also the case here in the west. The only way to find out is to head over there and to see for ourselves. The walk was pretty easy and luckily, the weather cooperated with us that day. We walked for about 3 km until we reached the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club where we will be having our lunch that day.

Why head to the Yacht Club you may ask. Here's one reason why:

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Say hello to the beautiful view!

Didn't that photo above made your heart skip a beat? Every angle was just so picture pretty that I must have taken more than a dozen shots that day. Aside from the view, we were there for the food. One thing we found out was while the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC) is an exclusive member-only facility, the public can actually walk in and head to Bridge Bistro and Beacon Bar which is located at the 2nd level of the Yacht Club giving you this amazing view. Just tell the guard and the reception officers that you're heading to the restaurant and they'll let you in without any questions.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Grocery Find : Kang Kang Express Meal Kit Noodles

Next to rice, noodles is probably one of the most consumed product here in Asia. Take my brother-in-law E, for example. He told me that he loves noodles very much that he doesn't mind having noodles as often as possible every single day. I guess, he loves noodles just the same way I love having rice or pasta.

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So, when E and Pan came to Singapore for a visit, I made sure to prepare a nice bowl of noodles for him to try. Coincidentally, I recently discovered Kang Kang Express Meal Kit Noodles which is a locally made instant noodles that comes in three flavors -- Prawn Mee Soup, Curry Mee and Laksa. Since I prepared this for breakfast, I thought of making the Prawn Mee Soup which is also my personal favorite.

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Before I show you how it looks like, let me tell you why I love Kang Kang Express Meal Kit. First of all, it has no (yes, ZERO) preservatives. Secondly, it underwent pasteurization giving the noodles a longer shelf life and lastly, while I'm not sure if it's free from MSG, it wasn't very salty so you don't have to worry about feeling thirsty after enjoying an entire bowl of noodles.

Now, let me show you how to prepare the noodles in 3 easy steps:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Sushi-All-You-Can at Shin Minori in UE Square, Singapore

"How was your birthday?"

This was the question that I was asked most by friends and colleagues days after the 1st of June. Well, unlike the past years when it was admittedly more festive and loud, my birthday this year was much more private, more intimate yet I had the most important people of my life sending me the sweetest birthday greetings and wishes. What more can I ask for?

Luckily, Paul didn't had to go to work on my birthday so he told me that he'd like to take me out for lunch. The best part was, I get to choose where we're eating! Yay! So days leading up to my birthday, I started shortlisting restaurants that I've been wanting to try. Should we go have steak? Perhaps indulge on pots after pots of Chinese steamboat? How about Japanese? Since I'm clearly not over my Tokyo hangover yet so sushi and sashimi was the final choice for my special day.

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So, off we went to Shin Minori in UE Square since I've been hearing so much good things about their Ala-Carte Lunch Buffet. I checked our Entertainer App and guess what?! Shin Minori's part of the merchant list which just means we can avail of the 1-for-1 deal for the said buffet. You can just imagine the big smile plastered on Paul's face knowing that he won't have to spend so much for our meal. Wa-is wife saved the day!

The drill is simple. All we had to do was to order from the tablet provided on our table and our orders are expected to arrive within minutes. I got to admit that Shin Minori is definitely not a very fancy Japanese restaurant and I have doubts on its authenticity too but hey, the sashimi looked pretty fresh and we found a couple of favorites too.

Let me share with you some of the things that we tried from the menu:

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Sashimi Moriawase 
Since we couldn't decide what type of sashimi to try. We opted to go with the platter where we got to sample an array of salmon, tuna, swordfish and cuttlefish. The salmon was the yummiest and the cuttlefish (ika) was just too chewy to be fully enjoyed. After this, we ordered another plate filled with all salmon since it was so good.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Airport Lounge : SATS Premier Lounge in Changi Airport T3

Two months ago, Paul and I had one of the best trips of our married life as we went to our dream destination -- Tokyo, Japan! After months of planning and trying hard not to get so excited so as not to jinx it, the day finally came for us to head to the airport and to get on our Singapore Airlines flight that will take us to the Land of the Rising Sun. Since we wanted to maximize on our travel time, we opted to take the 11PM flight so we'll arrive in Japan at 8AM local time. Good idea, huh?

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As you all know, we love staying at airport lounges while waiting for our turn to board the plane. Since our plane is flying out of Changi Airport's Terminal 3 this time, we went to SATS Premier Lounge to grab a meal since we didn't had time to have dinner at home and to relax before our long evening flight. I'm a fan of SATS Premier Lounges if you remember me talking about this in my previous entries, where I would frequent the one in Terminal 2 every time I fly home to Manila. I just love the food options and how they have nice bathrooms and couches too. The one in Terminal 2 even has a couple of massage chairs where you can get a nice quick back massage before your flight.

SATS Premier Lounge T3 is relatively smaller to its T2 counterpart but the lack of size doesn't equate to the lack of food options and quality, believe me. Let me take you around the lounge:

The lounge has an open ceiling which actually gives you a better view of the busy airport and you can hear all the activities happening too. It may not be as conducive to working so if you're looking to have some peace and quiet, make sure to bring along a noise-cancelling headset with you. I personally didn't mind though and I can imagine how pretty the view may be in the morning where you can see all the planes landing and taking off.

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Then we head to the buffet area. First stop is the bar corner where you can help yourself to your choice of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks. Just a tip though, drinking alcohol prior to a flight can easily dehydrate you so be sure to follow this up with loads of water all throughout your flight. We don't want to get wrinkly in the future, right? It's so nice that they have a communal dining area right in the middle where solo travelers can interact and mingle with one another.

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Grilled Yakiniku Drumlets which was a bit bland but the meat was pretty tender. I'm pretty glad that this wasn't a preview to our trip as we surely had so much more delicious finds in Tokyo.

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One thing I love most about SATS Premier Lounge's buffet spread is that they always have something local as part of the menu. That evening they had Stir-Fried Vegetarian Kway Teow which was so delish! Paul and I had two servings to this as it was just so flavorful, not so oily and one that can be enjoyed on its own. I personally love the mix of flat noodles and thin yellow noodles. Nom nom nom...

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Here's my first plate: a generous portion of Kuay Teow, cold cuts and cheese and meatballs! They also had Japanese Fried Rice but I opted to have more noodles this time as the rice was loaded with peas, corn and carrots. Ick!

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I normally like ending my meat at the lounge with a cup of tea while Paul would go get some coffee. This time around though, he stayed away from caffeine since he wanted to sleep all throughout our flight.

As mentioned earlier, the lounge is relatively smaller so there's really no where else to go except for the dining area and the couches. Similar to all SATS Premier Lounges though, they offer free wifi and the bathroom has a shower facility which is perfect for passengers with long layovers. I normally don't use this anymore as I would rather shower at the comforts of my home. :)

Check out SATS Premier Lounge at the Departure Transit Hall (Level 3) of Changi Airport Terminal 3. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites : Chi, The Spa in EDSA Shangri-la Hotel Manila

Lately, I've been feeling very tired. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because I haven't been working out as often or I've been getting up early to prepare Paul's lunch. Whatever it is, I know I have to go back to the habit of working out more and sleeping earlier. So today is indeed TGIF for me! I can't wait for the weekend where I promise myself to sleep a little longer. (sorry hun, no work lunch for you tomorrow! heehee)

Times like this, I wish I'm back in Manila where I can easily head to my favorite spa for a full body massage or to my suking nail salon for my monthly mani-pedi session. I realized that I sure did a lot of de-stressing and self-pampering when I was still based in the Philippines where admittedly, these types of services are so affordable! While there's a lot of salons and nail spas scattered around the Lion City, I just can't get myself to start the habit of prettifying myself on a bi-weekly cycle knowing that it costs twice or three times the price of how much I used to get it back home. So, this basically explains my growing stress knots and ugly nails for the past years.

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So, during one of our recent visits home, Paul and I made the most out of it by getting a nice couple's massage at Chi, The Spa in EDSA Shangri-la Hotel. Since we rarely have our massage, we definitely went for the best in the metro. Our choice that day was the very traditional Philippine Hilot (Php. 3,200 / S$ 95 est) which will surely knead out all our stress knots and apply pressure on the right points to relax us further.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rice and Shine! : Grilllo at PasarBella, Suntec City #GrilloSG

I got a confession to make. One that took me years to realize and to fully accept. 

Okay, here goes...

I can't live without RICE.

Wow! That felt so good to put it out there. Well, I'm Asian and I grew up in the Philippines. Naturally, rice has been one of our staple in almost every meal (breakfast included). For years, I never reallly thought that I love it THAT much but living abroad, I would find myself choosing rice over noodles, rice over bread, rice over salad, rice over pasta... well that's still an ongoing debate. Anyway, you get the point. I pretty much can't live without rice.

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So, when I chanced upon Grilllo at PasarBella in Suntec City and got to try some of their dishes during their opening day, I knew that this is one stall that I'll go back and visit regularly. What's there not to love? Grilllo specializes in Pan-Asian classic rice bowls with a bit of modern twist here and there.

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Let me show you some of the rice bowls that Paul and I tried and what were the ones that we loved. Starting from their most popular menu item -- Truffle Short Rib Bowl  (S$14.90). We both loved the thinly-sliced tender steak that sits on top of a generous portion of fluffy white rice and served with soft-boiled egg and garlic chips. Of course, what made this special was the strong aroma of truffle oil coming from their homemade Truffle Wafu Sauce. It was so yummy! While I'm not really a fan of soft-boiled eggs, this one turned out okay as it gave the rice bowl a nice creamy texture. Talk about savoring the umami goodness in every bite.

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