My Short Getaway!

Over the weekend, I took a short getaway to Batam with the hubs. It was quite impromptu & booked late Dec. Anyway, I guess it could be sort of like an advance birthday celebration since it’s just round the corner. I’d booked a hotel at Harris Waterfront for around S$70+ but silly me went to book ferry tickets to Batam Centre terminal instead of the Waterfront terminal. It made no sense to have to travel another 30mins from Batam centre ferry terminal to the Waterfront hotel. So I had to waste an additional S$50+ more to cancel the Waterfront hotel and book the one at Harris Batam Centre instead.

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The last time I went to Batam was 8 freaking years ago! But I guess nothing much has changed. Our hotel, the Harris Batam Centre, was located just 200 meters away from the ferry terminal and that made it very convenient. Continue reading

[Food Review] Coocci Contemporary Japanese

Ok so I hardly do food reviews because I am always chomping down before I manage to snap a decent photo. And what is a food review without photos, right?
However, you are in luck now, because I was treated to such a visual feast at a hawker centre, yes, you read me right, such artist food display served up at a hawker. I mean, how could I resist not taking a photo?

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This was my lunch (S$6.00) for last friday at a hawker centre. Commonwealth Crescent Food Centre to be exact. It’s located near my office and what a hidden gem this is. The chef obviously used to work in some Japanese restaurant.

Not only was the food visually-appealing, it was delicious. So much so, I know I would be returning to try out the other dishes. I couldn’t recall the name of my set lunch but I know it was tagged #3 and a Chef’s Recommendation. There is the #6 Smoked Chicken which is also a Chef’s Recommendation that’s going at S$7.50. It’s one of the hot favorites which most of the office folks order too. But if you are not someone whose tastebuds sit well with smoky aftertaste then give it a miss. But try out the other dishes, like perhaps my fried chicken set.

There’s often a long queue for this stall so it pays to be early. My colleague who recommended it told us that it opens from 12noon and closes at 3pm before it re-opens for dinner at 6pm.

It’s the 3rd stall to your right when you come up from the escalator with the first stall being a Yong Tau Fu stall. It has these dark binds which you definitely won’t miss out. I’ve been hearing some raves on the udon, would be back to try it soon again. And if I’m not too busy chowing down my food, I guess I would snap a photo and perhaps give another review 😉

I rate my lunch at 5/5! What an amazing meal, worth every single cent $$$. Needless to say, I cleaned up everything on the plate and bowls. :X

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

It’s barely a month since the Christmas holidays and now it’s almost Chinese New Year already. I’m overwhelmed by the number of festive holidays though I am not complaining all thanks to the long weekend which I am sure most of us are looking forward to.

So what is Chinese New Year for you? For me, it’s getting bombarded with questions like ‘When are you going to have children?’ and what’s not. It’s no surprise why most youngsters (do I still have the privilegde of calling myself one =x) shun this particular festive holiday. Those who ain’t married are asked about marriage. Those who have just graduated are asked about their jobs or the lack of one. It seems like the nosey relatives have nothing much to talk about then to pester us with the neverending questions. So what witty answers have you prepared in anticipation of the irritating queries you will receive this CNY? I’ve yet to come up with my list.

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