Melbourne 7D6N (Spring): Day1 P2 Southern Cross Station and the Higher Ground Cafe Melbourne! 

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Melbourne 7D6N in summary plus my outfits
S-series: Cafe hopping in the coffee capital MELBOURNE, visited 11 coffee places! Check this out!
S-series: Gear review: Carl Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 lens + some shots of our Melbourne trip! 
Melbourne 7D6N: The Airbnb we stayed- Light & Airey Collingwood loft apt
Melbourne 7D6N (Spring): Day 1 Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, Skybus Express and Myki Card!

Welcome back people. It’s Melbourne again. So continue from the previous post.. I was eating burger at Hungry Jack’s…..

After our unhealthy meal, we took tram 86 from Spencer St/Bourke St to Rose St tram stop, then walk the rest of the way to our Airbnb. Along Bourke St, the tram had to stop because of the demo going on outside.

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All these grandmothers are so cool and friendly. Because of them the tram couldn’t move so we spend quite awhile watching them walk by. They even wave and said hi to me. Maybe cause I was videoing them haha. 25

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After like don’t know how long the tram finally started moving and we continue our journey to Rose St. 33

We had to walk about 15mins to the Knife Shop at Wellington St to get our keys from the bnb owner.

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Along the way there are many interesting stores and one of them are The Craft & Co. Love the building too. 

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And here we are at the Knife Shop Cafe which is just beside the Knife Shop. I seriously thinking if the owner owns all of these.

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Finally checked into our Airbnb. Before that we met the owner, she was this elderly lady sitting in the knife shop. She saw us wrapped in thick clothing and shivering. She asked were we cold? We told her we were freezing. She comment: ‘Freezing? Its nice today, yesterday was really hot, it was like 27 degrees I think?’ Oh my goodness.. My aircon at home is always at 27 degrees…

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We settled in and familiarize ourselves with our loft room. Its got all the basic necessities, even have a kitchen sink in the room! It was so spacious it could pass off as a studio apartment in our home country.

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We went out to explore the area around our Bnb and begin looking for our dinner place!

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Stopped at Pavlov’s duck to take our couple shots. Wanted to try the food here but didn’t have time. 434.5

Beautiful flowers everywhere! It’s spring you know! 6

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Love this shot! Simon left his camera on a window ledge across the street and dashed back and forth to get the best shot you see above. Who said we need to hire a photographer when we have window ledges. 🙂

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Then we took the tram back to Southern Cross station. 45

to check out the different timings for the train, prepare ourselves for the next day. 46

Then we went to Woolworths. Tim tam is only $2.50 here! 48

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Its getting dark real quick, so we decided its time we go get our dinner settled. We were near one of our shortlisted cafe places to visit that’s still open at this hour. Many cafes don’t serve dinner as we soon found out in our trip.. So we were really lucky The Higher Ground is open at 7pm. We went in, a little lost because we were really shy, but a waitress soon attend to us and showed us to a table. Not knowing what to order and still struggling a little with the Aussie accent, we managed to order the following for dinner. LOL.

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Our appetizer: Almond Hummus, seed cracker, roasted chilli and spices.

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We shared a main, recommended by the waitress: Confit Duck leg on pan seared sweet potatoes. This is the best duck dish we ever had to date. Honest.

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And how can we not have coffee in Melbourne? Latte and Mocha for me! Our first quality coffee in Melbourne and we savour every last drop!

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And that concludes our first day in Melbourne. It was really awesome, the chill vibe after 5pm, unlike Singapore where our rush hour goes all the way till 8pm. LOL.

Day 2 coming up next so stay tuned!

Ciaoz.

SPUR Singapore – Comfy shoes and get 10% off!

I am always in slippers. If I have a choice, I would wear pretty shoes but I can’t because I have feet that are too ‘fragile’ and wide. Feet that get corns and skin that blisters easily. Even comfy sneakers give me problems too.

So when I was invited to Spur Singapore, I was indeed skeptical. If spending 3 digits on a pair of shoes didn’t help me, I don’t see how Spur can help.. I went anyway. Just to give it a try. DSC04898

I like that the shop is very clean and neat. The shoes designs are classic and simple which is perfect for work and weekend casual dates.

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I manage to try on a few and I am surprised at how comfortable they are! So soft and the cushion on the sole is so thick! You really got to go and try them to see what I mean! 

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I got myself a pair of loafers and I still want to get a few more pairs! DSC04889They have really unique bags too, designed by budding designer or artists!

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S-series: Koki Tamagoyaki Raffles City Basement review

Hi,

I remember there was a period of time, Claire and I would frequent Raffles City every weekday nights. I guess our dinner location is heavily dependent on where she works. We don’t know why but her different jobs always always ends later than my one job.

Anyways my memory of dinner at Raffles City was always Cedele Bakery Cafe… or McDee. Well we very much prefered Cedele most of the time we’re here. And while we were there, we always notice this new stall just opposite.

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It was new.. like at least a year ago.. Because I like to dig old stuffs to blog yeah? Well not exactly lah, its just that we only made the effort to visit it recently. This is Koki Tamagoyaki.

They made Tamago in those rectangular pans you would see in Japan. And they sell them with special toppings like some quirky sandwich. And bentos of course, what kind of Japanese style eatery doesn’t sell bentos right.

Check out the menu screen below.

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Ala carte includes 6 slices of tamagoyaki and bentos only gives you 3 slices. I believe you guys can read it without my commentary anyways. 

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Well they also sell moldy mushrooms… oh my bad, mold and mushrooms are fungi. Opps sorry, they were custard puffs not mushrooms. Now they look bloody awesome now that I realise they weren’t mushrooms. We never bought them though, unfortunately.

We got ourselves an ala carte chicken karaage tamagoyaki and a kani tobiko bento

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Claire loved the cute packaging, I don’t really care because I was hungry. 

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The tamagoyaki slices were really nice, its cooked on the outside layer while still moist in the middle. The karaage were.. well can’t go wrong with fried stuff right? Its tasty. My kani tobiko, or crab meat and flying fish roe, mixes well with my seasoned rice. But that might not be a good thing, because I feel like I’m just eating rice with eggs you see.

All in, its a quick but not-so-cheap meal that left us unsatisfied. Not because its not tasty, but because the portion is a little lacking. I should’ve just go for the bento with meat like cha shu or chicken teriyaki, Claire just need greens, which I can solve by bringing her to a nearby grass patch (kidding!!).

Ciao now.

Simon Tey

E43, S-series: Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe review

Hi,

We went to Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe recently for dinner.

The location on map was quite close to where we stay. Its within the general area of the Seletar Airport and Seletar Aerospace Park. Its actually next to the Seletar Airport Control Tower. We came in our friend’s ride, because if we were to take public transport, we would have to walk a good 30mins in our Singaporean weather to the cafe. By then we would have look like we just took a shower.

Maybe that’s why its called a Bicycle Cafe, because you either drive or cycle there.

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There were a couple of vintage cars in front of the cafe, quite sure the boss owns it. The other vintage pickup truck looks like a permanent fixture to me.

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They used old bicycles as their decoration. I believe they called themselves bicycle cafe also because the cycling enthusiasts would make a pit stop here while riding around the area. I’m guessing.

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A nice rustic bike themed interior.

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The menu, they serve a mix of dishes ranging from Western, local to Japanese. And an even more comprehensive drinks menu including alcohol. 

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Seems like the main draw about this place is the after working hours chill vibe.

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I had a Katsudon, really really salty, like free flow ajinomoto in this thing. I dropped maybe 300 strands of hair from this dish.

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Claire’s Unatamadon. Likewise, the saltiness.. I know because I finished half of this, made me drop like 100 strands.

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The friends’ meal, other than the burger patty, which tasted like its handmade, the rest of the items tasted like its from the freezer in Cold Storage, I believe its like that these days, so the taste depends on which supplier you get them from…

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See the insides, this must be the tastiest item on our spread. 

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And because its a cafe, I had to have a cuppa. It tasted ok, serves the purpose, just nothing spectacular.

In conclusion, if you ask me, I think I wouldn’t really come here to eat. I think I’ll most probably make the trip here for the environment. We sat at the semi al fresco area (because we’re outside but still under shelter..) The breeze from the sea, blew pass the airport grounds without much resistance. Well its an airport right, generally flat grounds. The occasional private plane landing in the night and the brightly lit control tower. All these calls for alcohol people. But I usually only drink with our ‘oldest friends’, because they always drink. LOL

A really great place to chill, that’s the summary from the above paragraph.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
80 MAJ Aviation Building
Seletar Aerospace View
#01-01
Singapore 797563
Till next time,

Simon

S-series: E42: A visit to Wildseed Cafe, 3 Park Lane.

Hi

I’m sure many of you already knew Claire and I live in Sengkang.

Living in such close proximity to Seletar Aerospace Park, its amazing that this is only the 2nd time we visit the ‘Oval’ in the area.

The Oval @ Seletar as its commonly called, is a fancy name for the area dotted with colonial bungalows that houses hipster joints. And we were always just too lazy to get out there to act like hipsters. Earlier this year (yes, long overdue post this is),is an exception, we decided to visit Wildseed Cafe & Bar at the Summer House to see if we can get some instagram-worthy photos from the place.

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So here we are, thinking we could try their Weekend Brunch. Claire was full of expectations when she suggested that we come here for brunch. Only its not Brunch time now.. Its available from 10am to 3pm and we arrived at 3.15pm…… Bummer.

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Then I saw Ramen, I’m like why is there ramen in a cafe like this? Apparently its some temporary ‘Pop-Up’ stall by the Summer House’s chef de cuisine‘s take of Ramen.  We decided to just go ahead to try that, after the disappointment of not getting the brunch.

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I thought ramen is just ramen you know, a quick, salty Japanese fare that would be sure to satisfy our sad tummies. But Lo and Behold… Its not what we would’ve expected… Check them out..

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Look at them, those aren’t noodles! And are those caramelized onions?? Not to mention the tiny portion. Its like fine dining portion.. Oh well its someone’s take on the ramen, lets just open our mouth and open our hearts and try it. 

Erm… I don’t know what to say, because I really can’t shake the expectation on good old ramen you see. You still have to give the chef credit for inventing this dish. Those noodles are not exactly noodles. They are like clumps of cooked noodle dough. Coming in clumps means you can eat it with a spoon, that’s what we did. I think it tastes interesting, its got all the saltiness of a Japanese Ramen but then it tasted like a European country styled dish with its onions, chives and s drizzle of parmesan. The entirety of the dish is a fusion of sorts, unfortunately it left me confused on my palate.. I applaud the effort though, and I would certainly like to see more new stuff the chefs create in future. But this one I have to pass. Since my post is kinda outdated, I think they discontinued the dish already. Let’s wait for more then. 

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The hot and iced lattes are from Wildseed, and well the presentation was good, but then… I still preferred the likes of Nylon Coffee, Stranger’s Reunion, Highlander Coffee and Old Hen’s, just to name… a few.. Those that I named, made very good flat whites and lattes IMO. 

And with that, I shall end my post. Maybe the hip cafes in the Oval @ Seletar are all over hyped, that explains my overly zealous expectations, which also explains why I feel a slight disappointment, taking into consideration the items were all rather costly.. Oh well that’s that. I might still visit the area, but would think twice about patronizing the cafes. 

Wildseed Cafe & Bar
3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387

Simon Tey

[S-series] Tokyo-Hakone Travel Journal Part 1: Arrival in Hakone and Odawara Castle 

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Hi,

I rarely write about our travels, I usually just take the photos and be done with it. But wifey had been asking me to post more of my photos, because when we go out and take nice photos, its to be shared and enjoyed by whoever who enjoys my work. While its not much, my photography is always a spontaneous overwhelming urge to steal the moment. Its often unplanned and therefore, a hit or miss job. More so with the latter. That’s why on a trip like this, I usually take about 2-300 photos per day, on average. But the ones that passed my QC number at around 10%.

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Anyways to cut the story short, we went on this trip on a whim and rushed through the planning. The kit I brought with me was poorly planned as well.

  • Sony a7II
  • Zeiss Batis 25mm f2
  • Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8
  • Voigtlander Super-wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 III
  • Velbon travel tripod (flimsy old unknown model)

The heaviest lens and also the most under used one is the Batis 85… Throughout the trip, its only there in my backpack to weigh me down.. Voigtlander is a specialty lens so its understood that it will see little usage. So I’m only left with my Batis 25 to cover most of my shots, and I can’t count the number of times I wish I’ve had my Zeiss C-Sonnar 50mm f1.5 with me.


GORA, HAKONE

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Gora Station of the Hakone Tozan Railway. This is the terminal stop where we will be taking the Tozan Cablecar up to Sounzan Station tomorrow. Well that’s for the next post.


MIYAGINO

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What a peaceful place, our bnb was at Miyagino Town. On the map it looks really close, but I neglected the terrain, the short cut from Gora to Miyagino involves multiple narrow flights of stairs that nearly sent me to my Maker, as I carry both our luggage and negotiated those endless, crumbling stone steps… This tranquil river is the exact opposite of my mental state.

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And finally some rest in our traditional Japanese home styled bnb. Tatami floors are awesome, they gave us that peaceful zen feeling unlike those cold hard tiled flooring in our HDBs. I just lay down on the tatami and stayed there for like 30mins while Claire dolled herself up.


ODAWARA

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We next spent an hour on a local bus all the way to Odawara, on which we dozed off and missed our stop. Ended up walking an extra 5mins to Odawara Castle. By then every’s closed, so no visiting the castle and no shopping for medieval Japanese souvenirs…

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Escape the castle.

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And stumbled into a forest of hydrangea.

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And after a little while, the sun begins to set. Guess we should move on to dinner.

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Odawara Fish Market Den (小田原 魚河岸 でん)

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And here’s our dinner place, after walking for half an hour. Claire found this place online and as the temperature turned Southwards, we welcomed the large bowls of piping hot miso soup with lots of scrap fish meats inside. 100 yen each if you bought it with a rice bowl. I’ll let Claire tell you about how awesome this place is. Stay tune. 

Odawara was a small town that we didn’t have much time to explore properly. I believe they have much more to offer, but our highlight for this trip is exploring the Hakone area. That will come in my next post. For the night, we ransacked the snacks section at the 7-11 in our bnb area and went to sleep early.

Signing out for now.

Simon

E41, S-series: Misato IS BACK! at the Centrepoint!

Hi,

Remember how I raved about Misato?

They were the Japanese Restaurant I frequented when they were still open at the basement of The Cathay. They closed for what seem like a long time to me, because their food were the freshest you can get while being stuck here in our island nation.

I was counting the days since their closure, and when they finally reopened at Centrepoint Orchard, I’ve been asking Claire when are we going down to Misato on a daily basis.

She finally relented and we made the trip to Misato at Centrepoint.

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They were located on the first floor, all the way to the back of the new foodie section of the mall. As usual, you would see all their iconic lacquered ware imported from Japan. Friends, this is passion for excellence I see here.

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The menu looks atas too, can’t help but feel their attention to details. 5CE3EFF6-752A-4A62-AD27-B1F543BBA6AC

Here it is here it is!! This is my favourite dish of all time from Misato! Their Ebi Donburi is seriously good!

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I feel so nostalgic I feel my eyes are tearing up. Ok maybe I exaggerated a little here. But seeing the same mixed eggs/roe and that 3x Ebi fry standing and greeting me in a premium looking lacquer bowl. It just screams QUALITY! 

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Even the chopsticks stand looks so awesome. My goodness.

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And Claire ordered the Seafood Kaminabe. Sounded really like some vulgarities but I’m so full of expectations I’m sure once I put their food in my mouth I would start spilling vulgarities everywhere from the sheer joy of tasting delicious food.

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Soup for the nabe, the soul of the nabe. Nabe.

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Only the freshest ingredients in Misato’s dishes, check out the blemish-free vegetables and the glistening salmon and prawn. Freshness your eyes can see. 

And so we start eating, ITADAKIMASU! 

While I can’t say I’m disappointed, because they were still awesome! I missed the wet eggs in my Ebi Donburi from the previous Misato. Maybe they overheard wifey’s talk about the Donburi’s eggs were too wet. So this time round at the new Misato, my Misato Ebi Donburi’s eggs were slightly drier compared to the last time. Well, that’s just my preference you see, because I’ve met a few people who hates it when their rice is wet. LOL. I like it wet though. But as usual! The Ebi fry does not disappoint! See all the exclamation marks I’m using to end my sentences! I always wondered how they always managed to make such beautifully crafted Ebi Fry, are they artisans or chefs. Are they even different? I don’t know what nonsense I’m sprouting now but just know that they were very good. 

Claire’s Nabe dish, well its a hotpot, it all depends on the freshness of the ingredients. Many hotpot dishes we had, they always bulk buy their ingredients therefore the freshness of it always has an impact to the taste. But as expected of Misato, they only use the freshest ingredients imported from…… well you guessed it.. Japan!

I mean, what do you expect, they imported everything from Japan. Except maybe the furnitures, because even the furnitures also import from Japan is overkill man.

And guess what. I’m not sure if they remember me, but Misato gave us a free treat! Offered to give us both a dessert dish but because Claire is too stuffed, so we decided to share one. I picked the Matcha Zenzai Mochi.

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Basically matcha x red bean paste topped with grilled mochi.

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Really sweet and really tasty this is, I wonder if I can create this dish using Japanese canned red bean paste and matcha. Don’t know about the grilled mochi. Opps distracted by the cute utensils. LOL.

Conclusion: Misato remains my favourite Japanese restaurant, even though the owner is as local as it gets. Singaporean owned restaurant that bring us the best of Japan. I would love to try their Katsu sets next time. Well I firmly believe that everything they make is good. The pricing increased a little, probably due to the location here in a shopping mall. Last time they were just a little stall in The Cathay. Importing everything from Japan must’ve put a burden on the owner financially, but that goes to show how much passion he has for this venture, and just this point is reason enough to justify support from us fellow Singaporeans who loves Japan.

IMO, food from Misato is worth every cent, and every minute of the wait. They are worth it.

Do go visit them. Please note that the full menu is not available at the time I visited. But hey, if everything is good, you’ll still be spoiled for choice, unless you’re a spoilt brat.

Misato:
176 Orchard Road #01-33E
The Centrepoint (Level 1, inside Gastro area, next to Coffee Bean)

Looking forward to my next visit.

Simon Tey

*P.S. Photos of the menu for your reference.

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[S-series] My favourite lens: The Tiny Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM

Hi good people,

The Zeiss Fanboy strikes again.

Zeiss lens made for the Leica M-mount will have a ZM behind its long name.. And lenses were made with different lens elements and configuration. Usually they name their lenses according to the configuration like “Planar” or “Sonnar” or “Biogon” etc. SO anyways, today I will talk the Carl Zeiss C-Sonnar T* 1.5/50 ZM. And I really love it.

Before I decided I wanted this lens, I got myself Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM but I could never get back the same vibe from the Planar lens with my previous system. I read lots of reviews for 50mm lenses and found limited information about the C-Sonnar 1.5/50. But the images created using it was overflowing with character. I caught on with the retro film photography look and this lens delivers that.

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Firstly, the build quality is very good as expected with all Zeiss lenses, all parts were made with precision, no loose shaky parts found. The body is made of all metal construction and it feels very sturdy in my palms, even though its super small compared to DSLR lenses. Its slightly shorter than my previous Planar 2/50 ZM but a little broader in diameter. In my opinion, I’d rather my lenses were all short and fat. Because if its slim but long, it will become an odd shape when mounted on a camera, that would affect its portability when I stuff them in my bag. Maybe its because I like to stuff them in sideways instead of facing down, if you all know what I mean.

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The lens was super compact weighing at about 250g. We live in an age where big cameras equates pro-photog(rapher), so the modern lenses were all big as hell. Not all big things are good is what I’ve learnt over the years. Ignore what your natural instincts say. Large natural occuring appendages can cause excessive pain as well, just some random knowledge I read online.

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Do not let the diminutive size fool you, because it delivers amazing pictures full of old school film photo vibes. At f1.5 to about 2.8, your subject will take on an other worldly glow that’s actually the lens not being able to correct the blown out highlights. And after f2.8, at least in my copy of the lens, the focus would shift. Not a big problem to me. Although this lens has its flaws, I find its flaws appealing. I read online about people cracking their head between Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 and Zeiss Planar 2/50 lenses. Most people say to get the Planar one because its sharper, and nothing beats an interesting scene with a sharp lens, instead of playing with differential focus with the slightly larger aperture on the Sonnar. From the above sentence, they meant that the Planar design is sharper, and I can attest to that because I used to have the Planar too. But I ditched it for the Sonnar design. I am intrigued with the unpredictability and flawed old school film photography, and the Sonnar presented me with an option to replicate the same flaws of film photography physically instead of using some fancy software to create that unique film look. Anyways, after f4, the lens will become tack sharp like most other boring lenses.

The bokeh was buttery smooth IMO and I really can’t ask for more.

This lens was always on my Sony, almost like its welded together even though there was a time when I have up to 7 lenses. I only use the Sonnar for everything. But alas, I got myself the 2 Batis series and they were so much better than the Sonnar in everything except for the size and ‘glow’ that I had to part with it when I’m doing work. When I’m not working, I’ll bring The Sonnar out with either my Sony or the film Voigtlander R3M body. The lens doesn’t come with a pouch and lens hood, and to make the glow less distracting at larger apertures, I would recommend getting a hood.

In conclusion, I think you either love or hate this lens, depending on what you want in your life… I mean photographic style. I like those muted, low contrast, slightly faded style because I like to act like a hispter, if only I actually look like one.. But I’m not, unfortunately. Anyways I thought of putting together a list of Pros and Cons about this lens. But then I realised I will probably put all the point under both pro and con, because its very subjective, my pro is a con to another and vice versa.

So without further ado, I’m gonna say bye.

Simon Tey
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Travel: Cameron Highlands 3D2N in summary and video!

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In April, I went to Cameron Highlands with Simon, Sebas and Ivy! It was a short 3 days 2 nights trip and it was our very first trip together.

Simon and I used to like Cameron Highlands, we were there a few years ago when we couldnt afford to go anywhere except for Malaysia. We were amazed with the weather, the fresh organic vegetables and the fresh crisp air. But this was what it feels like a few years back. Cameron highlands now is alot different. Probably much more commercialized now which explains the constructions and pollution. Well the food is still good though. Anything strawberry or vegetables related is heaven and the steamboat is the best.

Nevertheless it was still a fun trip even though the bus journey took a lot longer than the usual. Because.it.was.Public.holiday – good friday.

So this was quite a last minute trip.. the 4 of us were supposed to go taiwan in October but your girl here tendered, found a New job and hence screw up the plan. We were lucky enough to get tickets. Very lucky indeed because it was the exact last 4tickets for the round trip.

You can use this link to book your bus tickets to Cameron highlands: http://www.easybook.com/en-sg/bus/booking/singapore-to-cameronhighlands.
We had to go with 2 different bus operators though, Un Express & Travel and Konsortium. Altogether the round trip tickets are about close to $100 per pax.

So as I mentioned, it was a really long trip. Usually the trip would take about 10hours.. but because it was the public holidays, it took us about 15hours to reach our hotel. The jam was super crazy. The bus just didn’t move at all, it didn’t move for 3 freaking hours!! Lesson learnt, never take bus to Malaysia again during public holidays.

And here this is where the summary starts.

Day 1. Checked into our hotel at Cameron Highlands Resort Hotel at Tanah Rata.

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There are so many pine trees around this hotel. Do you know your girl here loves pine trees? We even engraved pine tree onto our wedding band. 😀 4

Lunch was at Restoran Ferm Nyonya. Steamboat is a must have here in Cameron Highlands. The soup base is damn sick. So so so so good.

78A-D, Jalan Camellia 4, Cameron Highland, 39000 Tanah Rata, Pahang, Malaysia

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After our very good lunch, we walked to Tanah Rata bus terminal. Our original plan was to take a bus to the Brinchang night market but we ended up with a half day tour for the next day. Oh we cab to the night market in the end. 18Book our tour with Unititi Express Service. 

Here we are at Brinchang Night Market! Can see mountains from here! 

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We ate quite abit over here. Got crispy pancake.

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Milk tea. Lol their expressions. 38

Its very beautiful at night.

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The very sweet milk tea which I have problems taking pic with. 43

After night market, we cab back to Tanah Rata and head to starbucks. Sebas and Ivy bought Marrybrown for dinner and Simon and I had an early night.

2nd day, Hotel breakfast.

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More photos will be up! 51.5

Couple travel couple date!

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There’s an egg counter too! With all kinds of eggs! 

After our breakfast and preparation, we went down to our hotel lobby to find our tour bus and driver. 

Damn! Jam here again. After 2hours, we finally reach Boh tea plantation. 54

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Then next we went to Mossy forest! 61

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Also learnt a few things about herbs and plants from the tour guide. 

Then to Boh tea cafe. You need to try the scones and tarts here! It was so so crowded on that day though. 73

We queued for an hour and still cant get seats. So we just ordered ice tea and chicken pie to takeaway.

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Nasi lemak cheesecake ok. Dont play play.. 78

our chicken pie!

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In the evening we went to Parit fall! And did abit of exploring. Really crazy. 82

Then we came to this small shop to get snacks cos we are starving.

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Got myself strawberry milkshake! So so nice! 90

Also walk past the Smokehouse Hotel. I wanted to stay here actually but it’s very out of the way. 🙁

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For dinner, Sebas suggested seafood so we came to Anjer’s corner! 94

We honestly don’t know if it’s clean anot but we ate these anyway. All 4 of us were like competing to see who got the smallest shrimp. LOL.

After our ‘afternoon tea’, we cab back to Barracks Cafe (very near our hotel) and had the most delicious chicken chop in our life.

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Very nice setting too! 104

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Black pepper chicken chop! The baby carrots are insanely good. You got to trust me! Never eaten anything like that before! 109

Scone!

Day 3: Back to Singapore.. 110

Stopover at Ipoh and had Ipoh Horfun. It’s seriously damn good eh. I need to go Ipoh real soon. 116The white coffee is really awesome too, will share details on the blog soon. 😀

Once again, thank you for reading! 😀 and i cant wait for my next holiday!

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[S-series] Quincy Hotel Staycation 2017, the QOOL Weekend Singapore Staycation Package review!

Hi good day people,

Today’s post is about the chance to stay at Quincy Hotel at Orchard. We were privileged and grateful for the stay here at this awesome boutique hotel hidden away behind Mt Elizabeth Hospital.

Check out the room and what we do in this video here!

Check out Quincy Hotel’s deal here!

Its a small 4*Hotel with 108 rooms that markets itself as a hip hotel that appeal to the younger people or business traveler.  You can enjoy all-day light refreshments including buffet breakfast, complimentary in-room mini bar and evening cocktails as long as you stay with Quincy. These are something you don’t find in most hotels, or at least in those few hotels that I’ve stayed before both local and abroad. It also features a LED illuminated infinity pool on the 12th floor which also houses what I think is a small bar.. of sorts, the well equipped gym (which me and Claire utilized), a sauna and some shower facilities with all the towels and amenities you may need! Its got everything you need for a relaxing staycation!

Its no wonder that Quincy Hotel won the Best Hotel Experience Award at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2017They covered all bases.

Today we came here to enjoy their Qool Weekend Staycation, which comes with the following:

  • 1 night accommodation in the Studio Room
  • Buffet Breakfast at The Lobby.
  • All-Day light refreshments
  • Complimentary in-room mini-bar (replenished daily)
  • Evening Cocktails from 6pm to 8.30pm
  • LUSH fresh handmade bath bomb.
  • Movie Night by the pool (Only on Saturdays at 9pm)
  • All Quincy benefits.
  • Qookielicious Cookie Making & Decorating Class from 3pm to 4pm on Saturday
  • 24hrs access to Infinity Pool and Private Gym

Sounds interesting to me! And so we arrived  at the Quincy.

*Caution: Picture intensive post*

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The interior is modern and chic. Like a hipster cafe for youngsters like.. erm, me. I’m still young right..

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The Qool Weekend Package includes a stay in their Studio Room, featuring all the basic hotel room set up with bonuses you don’t find in the usual boutique hotels here, at least in my own limited experiences.

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There is limited privacy in the bathroom, well its mean’t more for couples or the lonesome business men or women, so no one bothers to pull the curtains yah?

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All these are on the house, not much ain’t it? But wait, remember you get all day refreshments downstairs. Stay tuned for the photos of the afternoon refreshments coming up.

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Random Magazines..

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You also get to pick up your very own ‘Travel Companion’ with internet connection too, I heard from Claire this is a growing trend with hotels here. Didn’t know that..

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We were handed a LUSH bath bomb. If you follow Claire’s Blog enough, you’ll probably read about our few failed attempts with bath bombs… Hope this one works.

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And also with the Qool Weekend package, we also get to participate in the Qookielicious Cookie Making Class!

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Got all the necessary ingredients laid out for us.

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Fellow participants following Chef’s instructions.

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And miraculously the cookies were cut and baked to perfection.

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And were decorated with meringue icing, using our limited artistic talents..

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Group shot of the class, Qool yeah.

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While we were busy making cookies.. I didn’t notice that there were muffins and cakes by the side. These were the ‘light refreshments’ and they were always replenished promptly.. unless they ran out of course. *The Ondeh-ondeh cake is the dope.

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Free flow coffee, unless you can finish the beans on both machine, I shall clap for you.

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And free flow Vanilla soft serve!! People!! What is this sorcery!!

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Juices and chilled canned drinks.

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To be honest, we helped ourselves with multiple servings, the pic is just the first round. LOL

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No, seriously, this cake is super tasty. Unless you don’t like ondeh-ondeh, which you’re probably from another planet anyways.

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Oh did I mention the chocolate, caramel or strawberry sauce by the soft serve dispenser? You get to help yourself to the whole bottle if you so wish to die real soon..

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The much needed Grab kiosk because to come to this hotel you’ve gotta walk. Luckily we didn’t have to curry a luggage, if not I will probably swear the whole way here in our awesome climate.

While leaving the Lobby area, we noticed the staff changing the light refreshments set up to some kind of fried food etc. I think its really great that this hotel actually meant it 100% with their all-day light refreshments promise. Because a lot of times, me and Claire been to places where they short change you by just claiming their ‘out of stock’. Bullshit right…

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So now its time for us to explore the famed inifinity pool. Actually I don’t intend to dip in the pool. That’s why i actually hid my swimming trunks away so Claire couldn’t find it. LOL. In the end she just scraped the idea. I’m really scared of drowning…

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This is actually the shower room on the 12th floor. right beside…

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…the sauna. Sauna in a small boutique hotel can you believe it??

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Exercise machines here looks state-of-the-art, although I have no idea what’s state-of-the-art..

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And of course, a full set of bar bells which I don’t have at home, can’t help it, must take the chance to utilize since its available. LOL. I usually don’t go to the gym because my body can’t really compare to those muscular men flaunting their meat. I just try to keep fit as and when I get the chance, with whatever I have at home. But since no one’s here in the gym, I have everything for myself with no grunting men staring at how their muscle fibres expand and contract while doing bicep curls.. You get what I mean?

We spent some time at the gym, me pumping some irons while Claire hit the cross-trainer, all in the wrong attire. Well no one stopped us, we had the place to ourselves LOL.

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Then we went outside to this open air place cut into the building, the infinity pool!

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I’m sure if we take a photo from the right angle it would be quite awe-inspiring. But we were shy people.. Sorry.

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View of our cityscape, gloomy weather isn’t it.

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This look like a small bar, unmanned but I think you can just help yourself to whatever they stocked here.

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Here’s a closer view when the other hotel guests left the place. Shy mah…

Then then then we went out for a bit and totally missed the cocktail session. Who can fault us right? Do you know Quincy is just 5mins away from Far East Plaza, 10mins from Paragon and Lucky Plaza. Its the prime shopping district people, of course we would go shopping right!

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So we came back to the 12 floor just to see what’s showing at the pool side movie session, but we have no idea whats the show about so we left and decided to turn in for the night.

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Anyway back in the room, we decided to take a bath, so we went ahead to chuck the bath bomb into a tub of water and watch it come up pink and purple with petal-like substances..

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It worked rather well this time round, so we went on to enjoy the bath. No photos of course, duh.


Good morning.

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Gloomy day again. But must have breakfast now.

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The breakfast spread was a little low on variety, but i am very satisfied with the quality of the food items (except for the coffee of course, can’t expect pro barista standards from an automatic machine..).

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And that’s about it. The selling point of this Qool Weekend deal must’ve been all the benefits you enjoy being a guest at Quincy Hotel. All the facilities available to you and the fun classes you can participate in calls for a super relaxing stay yet keeping you occupied with activities. You can of course opt to not join any activities and just rot in your room, its comfy enough for me to just spend my days setting my body’s imprint on the bed. But I would rather hit the gym or dip in the infinity pool to make my day a more fulfilling one. Well maybe the gym more so than the pool. I’m scared of drowning.. even though the pool looks kinda shallow enough for me to stand with my head above the water…

DSC04184In conclusion, me and Claire really enjoyed our stay here at Quincy Hotel. If we can’t be travelling to other country, I would definitely throw my money in Quincy’s way for a relaxing weekend staycation.

Check out Quincy Hotel’s deal here!

Note: Package only available for Fridays and Saturdays only.

The Quincy Hotel
22 Mount Elizabeth
Singapore 228517

Signing out,
Simon Tey