Sea the sights and tease the taste buds with Marina at Keppel Bay and Bayswater Kitchen

What could be more relaxing than a cruise on a yacht out in the open sea to a private island where you get to experience serenity and the gorgeous view of white sandy beaches and lush greenery? Well this sorta experience isn’t really that out of your reach with the yacht charters available at the Marina at Keppel Bay. And you can even top it off with a splendid meal at one of the four exquisite waterfront restaurants of Bayswater Kitchen, Prive, Ristorante Palermo and Sushi Jiro located at the Marina with a lovely view to boot.

Miss Kiki and I had the pleasure to experience sailing out to Lazarus Island one fine morning on The Admiral and topped it off with a mouth-watering lunch at Bayswater Kitchen where we tucked into a platter of delectable seafood. What’s even more special was how it was my little girl’s actual birthday! What a way to start off the celebrations for her.

Let’s go let’s go!

The weather was just perfect which meant we had to slather on the sunscreen and whip out the sunnies! The first thing that happened after we settled down in the yacht and put our stuff aside was to attend the safety briefing given by the crew. Safety is of utmost importance here and I appreciated how the staff here emphasised so much on it.

The Admiral

This is the flagship yacht of Marina at Keppel Bay and also the very same one which we sailed to Lazarus Island in. This Grandbanks 52 Europa was designed specifically for luxurious cruising and can accommodate up to 20 pax onboard. You can even cater for dining to happen onboard either at its lavish lounge with a large hand-crafted teakwood table or upstairs on the top deck where you get to enjoy the sea breeze.

All ready to hop onto one of the two kayaks that were brought along on The Admiral.

On the top deck of The Admiral
Pretending to be the captain. Don’t worry, the real captain and crew are handling the yacht 😉
Now there’s the real captain steering us safely to Lazarus Island right behind Kiki.

Spacious interior

Not only is there a pantry where you can bake, heat up food, serve up drinks at a bar counter and chill food in a refrigerator, you can basically whip up meals here as easy as pie! And still have plenty of room to serve it up to guests lounging around like Miss Kiki here.

Lovely interior with plenty of room for us to sit and dine
The master bedroom
So perfect for the kids!

 

The stairs that lead to the bedrooms at the lower deck.

 

In the lower deck, there were 3 bedrooms and even shower facilities which Kiki and I used right after kayaking at Lazarus Island. The kayaks were conveniently brought here on the Admiral and I’m so glad we packed our swimmers along with us!

Lazarus Island

A few key words to sum up this private island…. serene, pristine and charming.

Only two large yachts like The Admiral we sailed in can dock at Lazarus island at any one time, which limits the number of people who can visit this place. And for nature lovers like myself, you will be happy to know that the flora here are largely untouched and there is just so much greenery all around the moment you disembark and start exploring the island. The whole place was well kept and clean from trash and debris, and what I learnt, beach clean ups do happen here too.

So ready to jump into the water!

It was literally smooth sailing as we took less than 45 minutes to get from Marina at Keppel Bay to Lazarus Island and the moment we arrived, I couldn’t wait to visit the white sandy beach that I heard about from friends who have visited this gorgeous untouched island just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.

You may wanna bring your sandcastle building tools when you come here!

Don’t forget to pack along insect repellent if you’re planning on sending some downtime at the beach here though. Although we were reminded that there may be sandflies here on the beach, we didn’t get bitten at all and did of course remember to apply the sunscreen and insect repellent.

Kiki loves the nature vibes on Lazarus Island!

This experience isn’t far from reach with the yacht charter promotions that Marina at Keppel Bay currently offers. Right now when you charter a 15 pax package on the Admiral or any third party yacht, you’ll receive a $50 dining voucher from one of the restaurants at Marina at Keppel Bay such as the Bayswater Kitchen that I tried. Scroll down to read about it.

And with 20 pax or more, you’ll get $100 in dining vouchers.

Find out more about the Admiral and the other yacht charter fleet here.

Further information:

Address:

2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382

Telephone number: +65 63038448

Website: www.marinakeppelbay.com

Instagram: @marinakeppelbay

Bayswater Kitchen

This lovely restaurant opened its doors just a little over a year ago within Marina at Keppel Bay and its hard not to feel relaxed and laid back when you’re greeted by the spacious and breezy alfresco dining and cozy indoor seating options. There’s plenty of natural light and to me its just the perfect setting for weekend family lunches.

The Nautical vibes with its wooden furnishings and blue and white décor are so apt for a seafront restaurant and its menu largely comprising of Mediterranean food would have seafood lovers smiling from ear to ear. Just scroll through and you’ll see what I mean. But do take note that there are also vegan and vegetarian options for those who are choosing to go plant based 😉

Check out the adorable Peppa Pig cutlery set for the little ones!

I do highly recommend ordering the Seafood Platter to share (minimum 2) if you enjoy tucking into a variety of seafood including fresh Oysters (from the Netherlands), mussels, clams, beer battered cod and soft shell crabs. The tuna tartare here with its avocado puree and lime dressing is another one of my favourites so try it as a starter and get a boost of Omega-3s with your meal.

The Chef’s Seafood Platter! I highly recommend ordering this
The seabass was so juicy and flavourful. You can tell that its very fresh seafood that they serve up here.
I just love it when I don’t have to make much effort to de-shell the tiger prawns like they do for you here.
The tuna tartare here is one of the best I’ve tried.
One of the kids menu items which Kiki had. The mash is so good.
Linguini dish also offered on kids menu. Portions are rather generous.

What makes me like this place so much as a choice location for family dining especially those of us with young kids is the playground located right in front of the restaurant. We all know how the little ones have such a short attention span and the moment they’re done with their meal they just wanna run around and expend all that extra energy.

So yeah…. Let them have their endless amount of fun sliding, climbing up and down the 3 decks, swinging on the monkey bars and what nots while you and your special half savour your drinks and desserts. My newly minted 4 year old had so much fun here at the playground that I literally had to peel her away so we could head off to our next destination.

 

Further information:

Address:

Marina at Keppel Bay

2 Keppel Bay Vista
Marina at Keppel Bay
Singapore 098382

Telephone number: +65 6776 0777

Email: info@bayswaterkitchen.com.sg

Instagram: @bayswaterkitchen

Website: http://www.marinakeppelbay.com/dine/bayswater-kitchen

 

 

Appreciate the topsy turvy

When we are in our comfort zone, that is when we also become complacent and too comfortable. But that is also when our growth and development slows down and we don’t feel the need to strive and learn more or improve in our performance or knowledge.

Putting ourselves to the test or giving ourselves a challenge to overcome can very often allow us to discover something about ourselves that we’d otherwise never reveal if there wasn’t a need to breakthrough a situation or find a solution to something.
I thoroughly enjoy looking at things from different perspectives and appreciate the topsy turvy situations when they arise because I’m pretty darn sure that I’ll learn something along the way that I don’t know yet. With a two years old who has been down with a cold for two days, two older kids who are taking their common tests and a 6 year old who needs a lot of attention, I do feel a little off balance especially when it’s a a packed week from morning till night for me with teaching, prep work for talks, meetings, and admin.
Today I had a conversation with my oldest daughter who will be sitting for the PSLE this year. Although I’ve always encouraged all my kiddos to be diligent, disciplined and to work smart….. they often still face certain problems that textbooks and teachers cannot help them with. And what I shared with her about was that we’ll all face difficulties and problems at many junctures of our lives, but we need to figure out how to best deal with it and garner the support from the right sources when needed. There are skills and values that aren’t taught in school but right at home, and when we’re home with the kids, just being next to them isn’t enough. 
I do try my utmost best as a working parent for my babies and I do feel that I have to put in even more time and effort while their father is overseas. But knowing that they appreciate what you share with them about and the advice that you give them like I did this afternoon, it encourages me to continue giving my best. 

Topsy turvy can be challenging and fun!



Your source of purpose

What is your biggest source of purpose for what you do? Is it family, religion or even your work. When we have meaning in what we do it buffers us against burnout and exhaustion. 

As a working mother, on most days I only get 4 to 6 hours of sleep but getting to do what I love and having a meaningful impact on those I interact and deal with just energizes me and I feel better able to handle the difficult stuff. And it harder for me while my other half is stationed for years overseas for work.
There is more than one way to look at a situation but when you give meaning to what you do, notice how everything changes.

No matter how tired I am, the thought of heading out to play with these guys and making memories just works better than 4 cups of espresso.

Family is definitely one of my main source of purpose. ❤️

My hands and heart are full ❤️

In between taking care of the 4 of them, teaching classes, managing my clients and running a business, there’s not very much time left for myself but at the end of the end of the day I always feel like the luckiest girl on earth.

The four of them have taught me so much about life and love and given me so much joy that I could burst. No matter how tired I am there is always enough energy to do stuff together, even if it means I have to be the sofa for the baby.
Yes my hands are full and some days I literally crash into bed, but my heart is also filled with so much love and gratitude. And I wouldn’t want it any other way ❤️

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today marks the 10th year that I get to celebrate Mother’s Day as a mom…… and it keeps getting better. Even though I thought I’d get to sleep in but Number 3 (Miss LaLa) woke me up at 6.30am to wish me Happy Mommy’s Day because she had been waiting since yesterday to say it to me.

The fact that I have children between the ages of 1 and 10 does make it slightly more challenging when I plan for activities, discipline, shop for their needs and educate them. But that also teaches me so much about adaptability, patience, creativity and communication. The best part about all this is……. I get FOUR times more of that love coming back to me! ❤
 
Yesterday this mob of girls surprised me with a bunch of gifts that they so thoughtfully picked out and paid for with their hard earned money from doing chores and washing cars.
 
One of the handmade cards that I got from the girls this year. It folds up to become a heart ❤️ 
 
Their differing personalities means my approach to discipline and teaching them can be quite different. There’s Goody-two-shoes (Large), Tomboy brainy (Medium), Fairy Princess wannabe (Small) and Boss Baby (Extra Small).
 
And all of my achievements and who I am now would not have been possible without my very own Mom who has always been there for me. For all the difficult times I’ve put you through and all those rubbish bickering sessions we’ve had, I love you mom…… more than you can imagine. Happy Mother’s Day! 
Vitamin D

Number 2!

Number 2……. Also known as Medium, The Wild Child and Mini Dawn.

For the first year after she was born, it felt as though I hadn’t given birth because she would be wrapped against my chest while I did all the chores, practiced, took care of her and Large and of course shopped for groceries. 
When we later moved to the States, I remember how shopping for groceries was such a breeze not just because you and your sis would hold my pockets while I pushed the trolley….. but really because even at a tender age of 3 you could remember where some of the items I needed were located. Thanks brainy.
Always the first one to race me up a tree and roll out the mat to practice together, stalk wild iguanas and snakes or just hang out (upside down) on our hammocks….. Medium has always gotten the hang of things at breakneck speed with a smile on her face.
If only she could do that when it comes to finishing her meals 😂
Love you baby cakes ❤